HOLY TRINITY CHURCH Parish News Bradford on Avon

Bradford on Avon
Benefice of Bradford on Avon Holy Trinity, Westwood and Wingfield
Parish News
October 2014
The Revd Joanna Abecassis, 18A Woolley St, BoA BA15 1AF
[email protected]
Associate Priest
The Revd Dr Ali Green, 36 Budbury Close, BoA BA15 1QG
[email protected]
0785 547 0069
Trevor Ford
25 Downavon, BA15 1JH
Judith Holland 23 Avonfield Avenue, BA15 1JD 866215
Benefice Administrator Sally Palmer-Walton [email protected]
Admin Assistant
Aylene Clack
[email protected]
Assistant Wardens
David Emerson, David Milne, Brian Netley, Val Payne,
John Woods
Retired Clergy
Canon Richard Askew, The Ven John Burgess, Canon David
Driscoll, The Revd Alun Glyn-Jones, Canon Peter Hardman,
The Revd Jim Hill, The Rt Revd Bill Ind, The Ven Ian Stanes,
The Revd Karl Wiggins.
Benefice Lay Ministers Graham Dove (licensed)
Andrew Desmond (licensed)
Dr Malcolm Walsh (retired)
Director of Music
Thomas Pelham
07922 849982
Times of Services
(Check Bulletins and notices or Church web site)
Eucharist (Traditional language)
Sung Eucharist (coffee afterwards)
Evensong, Compline, etc
Weekday Eucharist
12 noon
Fridays (Traditional language)
with lunch out afterwards
Daily (not Sundays) Morning and Evening Prayer at 8.30am and 5.30pm
(please enter via the north door opposite the Saxon Church.
Church opening times April to September: the church is usually open to
visitors on weekdays from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.
Times of Meetings
Choir Practice
Team Trinity
Mothers’ Union
Saxon Club
Bell Practice
Benefice web-site
Weekly Bulletin
6.30pm Church, Tuesdays
9.30am Guide HQ (1st and 2nd Sundays in
the month, September to July, except Easter)
7.30pm 3rd Thursday, Cedar Court, Berryfield Road, BoA.
2–4pm Every Tuesday except August, United Church Hall
7.30–9pm 2nd and 4th Mondays
Notices to Sally Palmer-Walton not later than Wednesday
for the following Sunday.
Please let the Rector, an LLM, or any other member of the Pastoral
Care Team know if someone needs visiting at home or in hospital.
2 Thursday
4 Friday
Sung Eucharist
St Laurence School concert
8 Wednesday
16 Thursday
17 Friday
Contemplative Hour
St Mary Tory
Marriage of Grant Chivers & Polly Little
Sung Eucharist
Christ Church
Mothers’ Union Meeting
Cedar Court
‘Falkland Island Adventure’
Helen Bell
Friends of Holy Trinity Skittles Winsley Social Club
‘Sing Hosanna’ Eucharist
Holy Baptism of Alaska Violet Harvey
Evensong (BCP)
Sung Eucharist
Holy Baptism of Beatrice Susan & Claudia Anne
Monday 7.30pm ‘Faith Explored’ (fortnightly) (for venue ring 07989 930950 )
Tuesday 10.30am mainly music (a group for young children—school term only)
Thursday 11am ‘Faith Explored’ (Vicarage, 18A, Woolley Street) NB No meeting
on 16th or 23rd October
Parish News copy date for November is 17th October
Holy Trinity as a charity?
t might have escaped those of you who are not PCC members that
Holy Trinity PCC is actually a registered charity. As such it is, rightly, subject to the law of the land which is closely monitored by the
Charity Commissioners. And so, a result, I’ve just found myself completing a detailed report for them of our activities as a charity. It was an interesting process, and gave me plenty of food for thought as I contemplated our life together as a church. But what jumps out loud and clear is
that we actually have a real responsibility to ensure that we always carry
out our charitable objective as stated year by year in our Annual Report:
‘promoting in the ecclesiastical parish the whole mission of the Church,
pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical.’ It’s good to be reminded
of that! The preservation and enhancement of our ancient church building is certainly a part of that, but it certainly knocks on the head any notion that we are merely some cosy club or preservation society for a historic faith. So we need to be constantly challenged – and constantly
looking outwards in our service to others.
I referred to the Diocesan Clergy Conference in my last letter. One of
the ‘after dinner’ speakers was James Jones, recently retired as Bishop of
Liverpool. His topic was an intriguing one: ‘what I know now that I
wished I had known then’! And so he was reflecting on what had been
most important to him in his ministry, and what he needed to learn from
that. And his overriding point was that in retirement, indeed for the rest
of his life, he wanted to keep learning and growing. This has to be key
to our mission: a life of learning, to enable us to share…
And so with one eye to the Charity Commissioners and the other
to James Jones, it seemed an appropriate moment to re-commend to
you two very important aspects of our mission and ministry at Holy
Trinity. The first is our two ‘Faith Explored’ groups – each having
developed in slightly different ways, with one meeting weekly in the
morning and the other fortnightly in the evening. But the great thing
they have in common - and really the only organised opportunity we
have at present – is that they give us the chance to explore our faith together, and to learn from one another. So a rather sedate way of ‘going
to the gym’!
The other is our Pastoral Care Team (see names inside the back cover) who are here – trained and supported – to reach out into our community in love and care. Please do always feel free to talk to them, and do
always let us know of anyone who might appreciate our care.
With my love and prayers and every blessing
10th August
10th August
31st August
7th September
21st September
Florence Jemima Prior Mangum
Francis Lawrence Penney
Oliver Freddie Colin Johnson
April Iris Joyce Caroline Cox
Rosie Thelma Benjamin
David Hardwick and Rebecca Baker
William Clarke and Sherday Ryder
Tim Phillips and Hayley Jones
Stephen Foster and Alison Westwood
Matthew Bryant and Charlotte Freestone
Benjamin Hogg and Jennifer Saletes
Sebastian Nye and Laura Tisdall
2nd August
4th August
15th August
18th August
13th September
13th September
13th September
Albert Francis Harry Benning
26th August
Continuity and change...
s this is the first editorial
of your new team of Editors of Parish News we
thought we ought to introduce
ourselves – though we hope that
in general we need no introduction.
Stoke and now here in Bradford
on Avon, since June 2013. He was
on the editorial board of the
house magazine of an Association
of Heads for a number of years
and contributed to the magazine
of his last parish.
Alison Green – Ali moved here
nearly a year ago and soon got
involved in the Benefice. For ten
years she produced a parishbased community magazine for a
readership of about 6000 in Bath.
During her time in Monmouth she
made regular contributions to her
parish magazine, serving five
churches, and as Chair of Monmouth Women’s Festival produced the programme for the annual ten-day run of events across
the town each March. She is the
author of several theological
books and articles.
Ronald Dell – Ron, a former scientist, came to live in Bradford in
August 2012. Before that he had
lived for 43 years in Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire where he was
an active member of the village
church, serving on the PCC in various capacities. For 13 years he
was the Treasurer of Abingdon
Deanery. As the author of several
technical books Ron has experience of writing and proofreading,
which should prove useful attributes for magazine editing.
We like the idea of continuity
and change. Parish News is well
established and widely read and
we hope that will continue. It will
come out each month as before.
We are very fortunate that Aylene
Clack has agreed to extend her
service to the Parish by taking
responsibility for printing and
publication. We value greatly the
Hugh Wright – after a career in
Education as teacher and Headmaster which began in Essex and
ended in Birmingham, via
Gloucestershire, Cheshire and
Norfolk he retired to this area
where he and his sons were at
school, first living in Limpley
way so many in the parish write
for it. We hope this too will continue. As well as being the journal
of record and a way of publicising
the activities of the Parish it will
be shared with the other parishes
in the Benefice and we will try to
see that it is even more widely
read in the communities that we
serve. We believe strongly that it
should contribute to the spiritual
life and the prayers of the parish.
We hope also to include articles of general interest, book reviews and indeed anything that
you its readers tell us you would
like to find in it. Bryan Harris will
be a hard act to follow. We trust
you will enjoy this first edition in a
new series and look forward to
receiving your articles, comments
and suggestions.
The Dream Team: Ron, Ali and Hugh
Contact the editorial team on:
[email protected]
Next issue copy deadline 17th
October 2014
Ali Green, Ronald Dell,
Hugh Wright
Acquire the habit of speaking to God as if you were alone with Him, familiarly and with confidence and love, as to the dearest and most loving friends.
Speak to him often of your business, your plans, your troubles, your fears –
of everything that concerns you. Converse with Him confidently and frankly;
for God is not wont to speak to a soul that does not speak to Him.
St. Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787)
the better. As the distances are
huge and the roads in poor condition, transport is vital.
In this country branches have
been capitalising on events such
as the Olympics and the Tour de
France to raise funds. In Yorkshire they held a flower festival
based on a bicycle theme, and a
cricket match with the fielders all
on bicycles. Cakes have been a
major item in fund raising for
Wheels and Marlene had some
snappy phrases to link baking to
transport (e.g. “cakes for brakes”
and “yolks for spokes”). It was
altogether an inspiring evening;
learning about what influence the
MU is having in Africa and how
much our support is needed.
Jonquil gave the vote of
thanks and Marlene won the plant
brought by Janet. Joy, Evelyn and
Dawn served our refreshments
including “cakes” provided by
Marlene. Joanna celebrated our
pre meeting communion and Trevor lead the prayers.
Our next meeting will be at
Cedar Court on October 16th
when Helen Bell will be speaking
on her Falkland Island Adventure.
We look forward to seeing you!
Ian and Sylvia
espite the “so called” summer break, the Mothers
Union has been very busy. A number of us went down to Wilton for
the visit of the World Wide President, to mark the end of the Walk
a Week project by our own Diocesan President.
After various presentations
the day ended with a service in
the parish church. £7,500 was
raised for various charities.
Some of our members enjoyed
the cream tea at St. James,
Trowbridge in early August and
also the communion and lunch to
celebrate Mary Sumner day at
Holy Trinity.
Our autumn season got off to
a flying start with a lively presentation by Marlene on the Wheels
Appeal. As the name suggests it
has to do with providing
transport in Africa to the Mothers’ Union workers known as
Community Development Coordinators. We heard three personal stories from Co-ordinators
whose work involved empowering women, literacy, supporting
new businesses, caring for the
sick, savings groups and many
other things which have all
helped to bring about change for
ur end of term outing in July was a great
success! We had a boat trip with Pulteney
Cruisers on the River Avon from Pulteney Bridge,
Bath, to Bathampton on a beautiful sunny day.
We are grateful to Sue & Jeremy Lavis for enabling us to do this. Some families went by car to
Bath, most of us caught the 265 bus just after 9 o'clock and several of
the families were due to catch the 9.20 train from Bradford on Avon.
Unfortunately, the train didn’t arrive in Bradford until 10 0'clock, but a
small park nearby kept the families already waiting in Bath occupied and
we had fruit and biscuits to sustain them. The 'train families' arrived in
time for the next boat and we all had a super trip to Bathampton and an
ice-cream stop at The Boathouse on the way back.
The following week, the MM team met to sort and clean the toys and
equipment we use. It was great team work as all the different jobs were
willingly taken by each one of us. When asked for what they liked about
MM, one of the mums said 'everything is lovely and clean' so we are
keen to keep up this standard! Five of our children are starting school
but we only lose one family as the other four children have siblings still
attending Mainly Music.
We started our new term on 9th September with two new families
joining us and everyone seemed to be so pleased to meet up again.
However, our laptop was not pleased as it would not work for us. On
inspection, it has been discovered that it is beyond repair so we are
looking for another laptop. We need one that will enable us to input a
CD or memory stick so that with our data projector we can display the
words of our songs onto a screen for all the parents to see. If anyone
has one that is not being used and would like to donate it to Mainly Music, please contact me by telephone, 01225 864412/07717 834698 or
email, [email protected]
Marlene & The Team
he excitement was intense, the anticipation
almost unbearable as Bradfordon-Avon turned out in droves to
cheer on the Tour of Britain cycle race.
Friday 12th September was the
big day for locals as people of
all ages, including hundreds of school children, lined the streets. They
waved and shouted as over a hundred top cyclists whizzed through the
main roads en route from Winsley to Trowbridge, Devizes and Pewsey.
The 67.5km Wiltshire route formed stage 6 of a demanding race over
eight days. As the crowds waited patiently on the pavements, expectation heightened as police outriders sped past on motorcycles. Then a
roar went up as a mass of cycles flashed by with astonishing speed. The
whole race through the town had come and gone in minutes, buoyed up
by the enthusiasm of so many onlookers.
nyone who would like once again to fill a Christmas box which gives
immense joy to the underprivileged children each year can still bring
them as usual to church; leaflets will be available soon.
Although the warehouse in Melksham which was the distribution centre
is closed, a branch of O C C at Westbury will be collecting the boxes
some time in November. Contact Evelyn Humphrey tel. 867398
elksham Baptist Church hosts a marvellous 'Crazy about Knitting'
group on the first Wednesday in the month, 10.00 til 12.00.
It raises money for lots of charities by knitting a variety of items - they do
a wonderful job. Anyone can join them each month. Contact Evelyn
Humphrey tel. 867398
Women of World War One
gan Jones and Peter Hardman
St Nicholas' Church, Winsley
Saturday, 4th October, 7.30pm
Women of all ages and backTickets £10 / £8 concessions
grounds tell their experiences of
(students, disabled, OAPs), availaliving through the events of
ble from Ex Libris bookshop and
World War One. Their varied stoBradford on Avon TIC (865797)
ries, drawn from letters, diaries,
poems and biographies, are
omen of World War
brought vividly to life with music
One is a portrait of womfor piano and strings written by
en's lives, performed by Trio Parafemale composers of the era,
dis (Jacquelyn Bevan - piano, Jaamong them Lili and Nadia Boumie Hughes - violin & Cressida
langer, Rebecca Clarke, Dame
Nash - cello). For the Winsley
Ethel Smyth, Alma Mahler, Mel
performance, Sybil Mitchell, MeBonis and Muriel Herbert.
recent count of the coins
provided and essential training
donated to our “Water Aid”
given in water filtration. This
collection jar at the crossing has
helps to prevent typhoid and
surprised us once again.
many other terrible diseases
We are happy to say that with
caused by drinking untreated
thanks to your kind and generous
donations we have been able to
So please, please keep dropsend off a cheque to Samaritan’s
ping your spare coins in the jar if
Purse for £65.00. The need for
you can, supporting Samaritan’s
clean water is always very great
Purse who are doing amazing
as we are reminded so often in
things to help provide essential
the media, and every little cerlife giving clean water to those in
tainly does help.
need in Africa. With many
Many communities in Africa
thanks for your continued genhave greatly benefited, especially
erous donations.
where water filters have been
Celia Milne
ext June there is an opportunity to join a small group and enjoy the
natural beauty, rich wildlife, quiet and stillness of Lundy Island, the
remote granite outcrop in the Bristol Channel.
There are two twin rooms currently available for a 4-night stay on the
island, June 16th-20th. We will be based in the splendid Millcombe
House, built in 1836 for the island’s owner, and overlooking the coast
and sea. It is managed by the Landmark Trust.
We will allow the inspiring features of the island to help us explore an
inner path of self-awareness and personal growth, including opportunities for solitude and for community. Come prepared to walk, meditate,
sing, eat together and enjoy the creativity of a shared retreat. For further information please email Ali Green: [email protected]
Friday 17th October 7.30pm
At Winsley Social Club
Admission by ticket only at £10.00 per head (£10.50 for non-Friends)
including a Ploughman’s Supper
he Friends of Holy Trinity, Bradford-on-Avon present a skittles
Numbers limited to a first-come-first-served basisIf you would like to
come, please sign the form on the table at the crossing or contact
Angela Onions (01225) 309001
Crossword solutions
1 Dare, 3 Cherubim, 9 Son Tohu, 10 Yield, 11 Ranch, 12 Enlist, 14 Baalah of Judah,
17 Edward, 19 Sheol, 22 Media, 23 Open air, 24 Apostasy,25 Eton
1 Describe, 2 Run in, 4 Household gods, 5 Royal, 6 Blessed, 7 MIDI, 8 Joshua, 13
Children, 15 Added to, 16 Jasper, 18 Await, 20 Exalt ,21 YMCA
Ride AND stride
DATE: Saturday 13th September
EVENT: Ride and Stride.
Edward Shaw, PN’s very own super
cycling correspondent, reports...
he first important consideration:- the weather forecast! "Quiet with sunny
intervals." Well it was dry but quite
cool and not kind to start with on
bare hands and knees! The home
team were Ron and Sylvia Dell
who manned Holy Trinity all day
despite a very disappointing number of visiting Riders and Striders they had to contend with 3 weddings as well!
The road team consisted of
Tom and Sarah on the tandem
and Simon and Edward. We did
miss Brian Wickham's presence
year as
he had
to withdraw - shame! I confess to visiting
the usual 15 churches within the
Bradford Deanery but the tandem
team struck out and went North
East to Devizes. After 4 hours on
the bike I felt that I had earned
the sponsor money! Many thanks
for your continued support and
Friday 12th September the
National Bike Race came through
our town with all the associated
glamour and excitement, but the
following day we modestly and
unnoticed soldiered around the
lanes on our bikes for a worthy
cause - The Wiltshire Historic
Churches Trust,
"High fives to the 4 of us!"
that's what cyclists do! It's too
early to tell you how much we
raised, but I promise to report
Edward Shaw
Tandem team: Tom and Sarah poised
ready to race
Prayer paths—inspired by nature
hen the 19th century
poet John Keats first
came across Fingal’s
Cave, a short boat trip from Iona,
he wrote a poem entitled Staffa,
The Island, comparing the ancient
cave to heavenly churches.
Ever since the celebrated English naturalist Sir Joseph Banks
wrote about the tiny island in the
18th century, thousands of people
have visited it, among them
Queen Victoria, the poet Alfred
Lord Tennyson, Romantic painter
JMW Turner and composer Felix
Mendlessohn, whose Hebrides
Overture is a favourite of music
lovers today. Novelist Sir Walter
Scott described Fingal's Cave as
"one of the most extraordinary
places I ever beheld”, and it leant
its name to one of Pink Floyd’s
early songs.
I saw it recently when I stayed
on Iona for a few days. Visitors
are still awed by the beauty and
majesty of the cave’s hexagonally
jointed columns, its arched roof
and the eerie sounds its cathedral
-like shape produces as it is
battered by surging waves.
Breathtaking natural wonders
such as Fingal’s Cave readily lead
us to meditate on the beauty and
power of nature and of its Creator, and we are often led to offer
a response in the form of words
or music or images. But an outpouring of awe and wonder
doesn’t have to be prompted by
something so spectacular and
monumental as Staffa.
The poet Thomas Traherne,
born in Herefordshire in the 17th
century, resolved to lead a simple
Cave: Ali dares Fingal’s Cave
life where he could reflect on our
relationship with God as he saw it
in nature. He spoke of the glory
of creation, and how we can discover God’s love and goodness in
every created thing, even a grain
of sand or a blade of grass:
“O, what a treasure is every
sand when truly understood!
Who can love any thing that God
hath made too much? His infinite
goodness and wisdom and power
and glory are in it”.
“Every spire of grass is the
work of his hand – and I in a world
where everything is mine”; and
how much better, he thinks, than
silver, gold or diamonds (though
these are good enough, he concedes, in their place!)
Extraordinary place: Formed from cooling lava during the during Palaocene,
Fingal’s Cave was named after the hero
of an epic poem by 18th century poet
James Macpherson
The medieval contemplative
Dame Julian of Norwich understood how all things have their
being in God when she held a
humble hazelnut: “It needeth us
to have knowing of the littleness
of creatures and to hold as nought
all-thing that is made, for to love
and have God that is unmade.”
We are blessed through generations of artists, musicians, writers and scientists who give us
fresh ways of seeing and understanding the natural world and
how it points to the God of love.
They offer us paths of expression
that we can turn to in our prayers
of thanks and praise, confession
and intercession.
The Revd Dr Ali Green
Book review: What Clergy Do
hen going on retreat I
invariably packed ‘The
Christian Priest Today’
by Archbishop Michael Ramsey
which is full of spiritual wisdom
and common sense. I only wished
I’d been able to take Emma Percy’s
book too because, by a long way,
it’s the best description I have
come across of a vicar’s ministry.
I vividly recall, in my first incumbency during the early 1980s,
doing lots of things by trial and
error. If I’d had the chance to read
this book then I’m sure I’d have
avoided many mistakes. I was
always grateful for a very understanding congregation when they
happened. Percy covers an enormous amount of ground in such a
relatively short book, for example, the need to maintain the
right balance between serving
and leading, giving proper attention to the congregation by cherishing their gifts, attending to the
needs of the stranger, especially
taking proper care in the ministry
of baptism, marriage and conducting funerals. She also points
out the necessity of understanding the parish context, collaborative ministry with the congrega-
tion and
other clergy, the
management of
time with
interruptions, and importantly the art of
managing change. Percy is well
aware of the contemporary pressures that are placed on clergy
with church discussions on reaching targets and ticking boxes, and
shows that ideas borrowed from
business aren’t always appropriate when applied to the ordained
ministry. Ministry is much more
about the people we are than the
things we do. Percy rightly stresses the importance of prayer and
spirituality undergirding every
activity of ministry.
Do buy this book; if you are
interested in learning much about
ministry, especially the parish
context in which vicars live and
work, and the pressures they face
each day. I guess there will be
people in congregations lending it
to their vicars. The only problem
is that they might not get it back!
David Driscoll
Reordering Project:
Holy Trinity Church,
Bradford on Avon
Progress Report for
Over the summer you will have noticed much burrowing activity around
and inside the church; it’s been a continual round of archaeological
investigation and trial pitting!
You may see some stripes appearing on various items of
stonework where cleaning trials have been carried out. The windows
have been surveyed for necessary repairs or replacement to ensure
their proper functioning.
Inside and to the south of the church we have broadly found
what we expected to find with no real issues. The area to the north west
where we are considering the extension is proving more difficult to
understand so please bear with us if you keep seeing further holes
being dug.
Chedburn Dudley and BuroHappold Engineering apologise for
any inconvenience while the investigation works have been carried out.
Back in our offices we have continued to investigate alternative nave
floor finishes, develop initial details for the new floor in the tower and
take on board the comments from the DAC’s Organ Adviser.
tian aid work is dearly required.
Mongolia is a prime example.
MAF’s LuAnne Cadd recently reported on her first visit
to MAF’s Mongolia programme –
an encounter of true determination, hope and love.
ission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) is an international Christian aviation organisation serving around
25 developing countries to reach
people living in some of the worlds
most isolated communities.
Operating more than 130 light aircraft, MAF flies into 1,800 remote
destinations, transporting essential medical care, food and water
supplies, relief teams and church
While we may tend to relate
the work of MAF to countries like
Africa and India, there are many
other countries, not necessarily of
the third world, where vital Chris-
Mongolia is the 19th. largest country in the world – 600,000 sq.
miles of vast, empty space.
The approach to the capital,
Ulaanbaatar seems like arriving in
a foreign land after being at sea
for days. About 45% of the entire
population come to live here,
many of them are traditional
from the
air on a
trip to
Altai in
the far
nomads forced from the desolate
countryside by crippling winters
which have killed 16 million livestock in recent years. The freezing grasslands that sprawl from
the edge of the city are becoming
ever more deserted.
By contrast, Ulaanbaatar is a
strange and crowded place.
Evidence of Soviet oppression is
scattered through the soaring
concrete apartment blocks and
gigantic, elevated gas and water
pipelines. So many people have
moved here that it has become
the most polluted capital in the
world. Despite this, the country
averages 257 cloudless days a
year, and is known as ‘the land of
the eternal blue sky’.
Nomad: Pilot Ryan Van Geest and his
family drive to the countryside to visit a
nomad family that has 700 animals,
and move 4 times a year. With the help
of the Van Geests and Samaritan’s
purse, the mother, Odnaa, and her 2year old son, Amaraa, travelled to Canada in the beginning of 2013 for heart
surgery on the boy. They stayed with
Ryan’s aunt in Canada during the operation and recovery. Amaraa appears to
be fully recovered.
The collapse of the Mongolian
economy after the Soviet withdrawal in the early 1990s triggered
widespread poverty and unemployment. The very poor internal
Medical Aid: Pilot Ryan Van Geest and co-pilot Badaa land in Tosotsengal, the
coldest town in Mongolia, to pick up a stroke victim for a medivac. The pilots
stayed over night with a missionary couple, Tom and Lisa Phillips and their daughter Ahnya. The flight left early the following morning with a full plane of doctors,
the man's wife, and two extra passengers who also needed medical attention in
aviation service rendered transportation to the remote regions
almost impossible, so there was a
clear call for MAF to begin a programme here.
After extensive surveys, MAF
launched a joint venture with a
local Christian partner under the
name of Blue Sky Aviation (BSA),
and began flying in 2001 operating as a one pilot/one plane charter service to missionaries,
churches and commercial customers.
MAF pilot Ryan Van Geest
holds a personal ambition to help
those people most affected in this
desolate region. He has helped to
initiate pivotal relationships with
important companies to make
flying for Mongolia’s poorest people possible. He is one of the most
determined and optimistic men
out there – an expert networker
who wears a permanent smile.
His passion to transform lives
through MAF/BSA impacts on
everyone he meets, and there is
Aid: MAF responds to
the Philippines
always something
extraordinary that can
be achieved through
his nine aircraft seats
and his pair of wings.
One day, two injured
men staggered desperately towards his
aircraft while it was preparing to
leave an outlying area. Did we
have any extra space? They were
bruised, scratched, and clearly in
great pain. Sadly there was only
one spare seat and Ryan’s face
was a picture of frustration as he
watched one broken man turn
and limp away.
’Wait’ he shouted, ‘come
back!’ Ryan would not be defeated. He proceeded to rearrange
seats, passengers and cargo so
that there was space for one extra
person to travel, rather awkwardly, on a portable stretcher. So
when we safely took off, one passenger was strapped down horizontally – that passenger was me,
and I saw many such acts of
selflessness during my stay.
Dr Andrew Steele
September 2014
A total of £215 (including a £100
donation by the PCC from its
charity budget) was raised at the
retiring collection, following the
excellent presentation by our
MAF Regional Representative,
Dr. Andrew Steele in church on
Sunday July 20th. Joanna has
received a letter from Andrew,
thanking the Parish and the PCC
for their generosity.
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MAF and the wonderful work taking place visit:
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Visit to Verona
day arrangements, including the
fact that the first opera – Butterfly – would be on the Friday night,
starting at 8.40pm, and finishing
about 2 hours later. Aida would
be on Sunday, and would go on
until well past midnight. As there
was a half hour walk to the coach
from the Arena, and then a half
hour journey to the hotel, we
were going to be in for some late
nights, not my scene, I’m afraid!
Our music host, Peter Grevatt,
took us through the writing of
Butterfly to the story of the opera
the next morning and, with a
most beautiful Bass-baritone
voice, sang some of the arias. He
was a delight to listen to, and the
hour was not nearly long enough.
Lunch was provided in the hotel
as we’d be missing dinner that
On the coach to Verona at
4.30pm for a tour of the outside
of the city, (coaches not allowed
inside), before walking to our
meeting place in Piazza Bra,
where the Arena is. We went to a
restaurant recommended by Sally
before reaching the arena by
8.30. Our seats were above the
height of the stage, and tiered, so
hris Hodge relives her
momentous visit to Verona
and shares her joy of
watching opera
I haven’t seen much opera
since I was a teenager, when I attended every one that was put
on in the Cardiff theatre. Unfortunately, my husband Gerald was
not a music lover, so we went
very infrequently. Then an invitation arrived from Saga concerning
a visit to the opera in Verona, Italy., I pondered who I could ask to
go with me. Margaret Harkcom
sprang to mind immediately, and
after thinking about it, she agreed
to come. Even when we couldn’t
get single rooms, she agreed to
share, so we booked it for the two
operas we both wanted to see –
“Madame Butterfly” and “Aida”. I
had never seen Aida, but had
wanted to since the 1950’s!
Off we set at 3am on Thursday
21 August. On arrival at the hotel outside Verona, we were
shown to a double room that was
comfortable, and on the same
level as the dining room and
lounge, which saved on steps and
lifts! At a 6pm meeting, Sally, our
tour guide, told us about the holi-
we had a very
clear view, but a
long way off. We
thoroughly enjoyed the performance – Cio Cio
San, (Oksana
Dyka) had a lovely
voice. Pinkerton
(Roberto Aronica)
wasn’t quite as
good, but it was
all very well done, with cliffs moving on stage to bring out the
home they had rented. The costumes were superb. A number of
tissues were used during the last
act, which was very emotional. It
didn’t finish until 11.30, and it was
1.15 before we got to bed.
Fortunately, we had a free day
on Saturday, and decided to go
on the shuttle bus to the local village of Peschiera. We found the
little village was probably as big
as Bradford-On-Avon, certainly
with many more shops to look at!
After an hour of rain, we went
into the church, before finding a
restaurant in a side street, and
stayed there for over an hour, enjoying a real Italian pizza while
the rain came down in stair-rods
outside! It stopped at 2 pm and
we explored the side of the river
in watery sunshine, before going
back to catch the shuttle bus.
Gorgeous sunshine by then and,
back at the hotel, the pool was
On Sunday we had our talk
from Peter about Aida. As we
had no idea about the story, it
was wonderful to be so well
primed beforehand. We learnt
that Verdi had not wanted to
write it, despite being offered a
huge sum of money. He gave in
eventually, but ruled the librettist
with a rod of iron, even instructing him what words he should
write! Peter sang the part of Aida’s father that morning, better
than the singer did that night!
I decided to christen my bathing costume that afternoon. The
off-putting, and
we couldn’t understand why
one girl would
love him, never
mind two! However, ignoring his
size, his voice
was good, the
scenery and costumes, superb.
Some of the choral singing was wonderful, reminiscent of a Russian choir. Unfortunately, it didn’t finish until
12.30, probably due to so much
applause, and we didn’t get to
bed until 2.15.
The holiday included a trip on
Lake Garda on Monday, leaving at
9.45. Despite so little sleep, we
were determined to enjoy it, as it
was another lovely day. We got
off at Sirmione for coffee before
catching the next ferry to Garda.
Arriving at 1.30, it was obviously
time for lunch, so we spent a
pleasant hour eating lovely food.
Our waiter was great fun, and insisted on having photos taken
with Margaret & I. Next day we
had an optional excursion to Mantua. Sally told us about the places
we should see, and we all wanted
pool was quite deep, and I’m not
that good a swimmer these days,
so didn’t stay in long, ending up in
the Jacuzzi. Then off to Verona
where we found a delightful restaurant, and sat in the garden to
eat. Although the seats at the
opera were 10 euros cheaper, we
were much nearer the stage, and
could see the actors clearly. Amneris, the princess (Anita Rachvelishvili) had the most beautiful
mezzo soprano, but Aida, her
slave (Amarilli Nizza) started off
with a vibrato, I didn’t like. However, it cleared quickly, and she
was a lovely soprano.
An American, Stuart Neill
played Radames, with whom they
were both in love. He was as
broad as he was high, and fairly
waddled around the stage, a bit
to see the restored church of St.
Laurence. They had been bulldozing the area a few years ago
to make way for a new shopping
area, and found some ruins,
which turned out to be a small
round 12th century church. Of
course, it had to be saved, restored, and now is one of the
sights of the town.
Early afternoon we left for
Sigurta Gardens, which cover 50
hectares of land, with splendid
collections of flowers, especially
tulips, roses and irises. Fortunately they use a Noddy train,
which saves your legs, and takes
you over most of the estate in a
30 minute ride. On Wednesday,
we returned to Verona, to the
Opera Museum, which told the
story of its l00 years history. We
saw costumes, videos of some of
the operas, with wonderful singing, and read about the stars who
have sung there. The church of St.
Anastasia is a fine example of Italian Gothic architecture, begun in
1290, and not finished until early
16th century. It contains many
works of the art Masters, including a well-known fresco of St.
George and the Princess by Pisanello. We would have liked to
spend more time there too, but
needed to get to Romeo’s house
(which I couldn’t find) and Juliet’s
(which I did - as did hundreds of
others!). The balcony is a stone
coffin fixed to the wall, to give the
house authenticity, I suppose. I
had to wait a while to take a photo of the statue of Juliet, whose
right breast (of brass) is bright,
while the other is dull. If you
touch her right breast you get a
new lover!
It was very hot back at the hotel, so we went down to the pool,
where I got my last bite from the
not-very-friendly mosquitos who
had been plaguing us for 6 days.
One night Margaret had about 10
bites on her upper arm! A farewell dinner that night, presented
no choice, all Italian.
And so back to England on
Thursday, having thoroughly enjoyed the trip, and the company.
Although the group had been
large, 49 of us, it had been a very
happy, friendly group, and we
said goodbye at Gatwick, pleased
to be coming home to have a decent cup of tea! I don’t think they
have cows in Italy, they only seem
to have UHT milk!
Chris Hodge
Diary of a Boat Cat
pened back at home. My keepers
started redecorating rooms and
doing maintenance jobs that had
been put off for years. Then
strangers started coming round
and looking over the house and
garden. I made myself scarce
most of the time, but it was all a
little disconcerting.
It now turns out that my keepers had put the house on the market and very soon it was sold. I
was then informed that we would
be moving out and going to live
on the boat. Imagine my horror at
hearing this news!
So one day in August all the
furniture disappeared and then I
was put into the car and driven off
to the boat in a marina near Devizes. However to my surprise I
was let out almost immediately,
with no harness, and allowed to
roam the marina as I liked, day or
night. Suddenly the situation had changed for
the better and I was
so happy I even brought
my new little playmates
back to the boat to
show my keepers.
Though they did not
seem that pleased to
s you may recall from last
year, my keepers have an
annoying habit of spending the summer months on board
their long thin steel boat
(otherwise called a narrowboat).
Not only that but they insist on
bringing me along for the journey.
And, as if that is not punishment
enough, they then insist I wear a
harness attached to a lead when
going outside the boat in case I
run off and get lost! All because
one time last year I did run off,
though in my defence I did come
back three hours later when
So you can imagine my feelings of dread as the summer
months drew near. Fortunately
the beginning of this year had
been quite wet, so initial plans to
go away in May had to be postponed. Then a strange thing hap-
see them. So from fearing the
worse I now have a much better
life patrolling the hedges around
the marina and generally being
much admired. It's strange how
life turns out! Mind you I have
heard talk of a trip to Bristol…
CO Graham and Elaine
(who are currently living on their
boat – Ed)
Jacks x
iving in Bradford-on-Avon for over 30 years I have walked along the
canal towpath so many times and noticed that the number of narrow-boats has increased considerably. They are all unique in their
individuality and one tries not to look through the windows to catch a
glimpse of the homely furnishings inside.
So it was an enormous pleasure to be invited to visit Graham and
Elaine on their narrow-boat and to experience travelling on the Kennett
and Avon canal from Devizes to Seend. It was a special treat for the
Faith Group which has met regularly over the past two years. Never
having been on a narrow-boat I was surprised how well appointed
“Travelling Throw” was with its panelled interior and beautiful fitments..
We passed through the marina and, with a warning hoot, found ourselves gliding gracefully along the canal proper, with hardly a sound
from the engine, into a world of greenery. Skilful navigating and hard
work from Brian and Elaine took us through four locks leading to our
destination, a lock-side pub where we met up with the other half of the
Faith Group. Lunch was most welcome and well-earned by those who
had done all the hard work. It was a grand day out for us all and a big
“thank you” goes to Graham and Elaine for this special treat.
Muriel Freeborn
St Laurence has a new timetable this academic year. It goes over two
weeks and lunch times are now longer than before. Change is
challenging but students and teachers have adapted well so far.
Auditions are being held for actors, singers and dancers. The production
will be in February - another sell-out we hope.
Year 8 are compiling their project on the Lake District. All of their
subjects are involved and the students are engaged in putting together
lots of information about the Lakes. They will be visiting the Lake
District on a residential trip in October. Thereafter they will produce a
piece of artistic work, which will be exhibited in the town library.
St Laurence has joined the new technological age. Cash has been
banished from the restaurant. Each student and teacher is identified,
with either a pin number or thumb print, which is used when they
choose their meals. There is a special machine which accepts cash
in advance and which also uses identification. Parents can also pay
online for their children’s meals in advance.
Students are also getting used to a new online homework system
which students can consult from home. It gives an idea of how much
time the homework should take and allows students more control.
Parents will be given a log-in number too so that they can monitor
students’ homework.
As we look forward to the times ahead, change and tradition intertwined
mark the start of our school year.
Lorraine Marlow
Be Spirited Co-Ordinator
From the Tower—Birthday Bells
014 sees a significant pair
of birthdays for two of
our bells at Holy Trinity.
The fifth and seventh are the oldest bells in the ring of eight bells
we have now and were cast by
John Wallis of Salisbury in 1614,
making this their 400th birthday.
They were probably cast as
part of a larger number of bells
Wallis supplied to the church that
year. It is likely that they were
installed towards the end of some
major repair work to the tower
and spire which had been significantly damaged in storms three
years earlier.
When cast our 7th would have
been heavier than it is today.
Over the intervening years the
bell has been heavily chip tuned
to align it with the current tenor
and it has had its canons removed, (the loopy bits which
were cast on the top of the bell
and from which it was hung). Despite this, it is one of John Wallis’
best sounding bells and is not far
off modern tuning standards. Its
sister quad centenarian, the 5th,
weighs in at just over 11cwt, but it
too would have been a little heavier when cast as it has also been
tuned and lost its canons.
Although we do not have any
records of the exact date of their
casting, nor how many bells there
were at that time, we can surmise
that Bradford was a prosperous
town. The larger of the surviving
Wallis bells weighs in at just over
19cwt and is the third largest
Wallis bell still in existence, the
others being the 28 cwt tenor of
Great Bedwyn, Wilts and the
26cwt tenor of the Curfew
Tower, Windsor Castle, this bell
also being cast in 1614.
What has happened in 400 years?
The vicar of Holy Trinity in 1614
was Thomas Reade and there
have been a total of 23 incumbents from him to Joanna today.
There have been 20 monarchs
and the period of the Commonwealth, and thirty Archbishops of
Locally the town thrived because of the textile industry; the
town bridge was widened; and
many of the cottages we see today were built. Transport to the
… continued
town changed with the K&A canal
and later the railway. The church
itself has been altered and restored and the bells themselves
have been repaired, added to and
restored on a number of occasions. So 400 years after their
casting we would like to take this
opportunity in wishing our grand
old Wallis bells many happy returns, and that they will continue
to sound out as part of the
Church’s external voice to the
town for centuries to come.
David Godwin
uring the first three weeks
of August the so-called
garden butterflies became
much more common. Small Tortoiseshells far out-numbered all
other species on the buddleias.
Peacocks were common early
in the month but entered into
their long hibernation stage after
the first week and only occasional
ones and twos were subsequently
reported. I had reports of three
instances of groups hibernating in
buildings on - 32 in a disused outbuilding in Trowbridge Park on
3rd, on 4th, 10 in a disused coal
bunker at East Grimstead and on
13th at Chittoe, 17 in a bedroom
A few Commas and Red Admirals were also present on the buddleias, along with the two
‘cabbage’ whites – the Large and
Small Whites. Painted Ladies remained surprisingly scarce whereas the other immigrant, the
Clouded Yellow, was widely reported in the countryside in small
numbers. For several species, late
July/early August marks the end
of their flight periods although the
Speckled Wood and Adonis Blue
numbers continue to increase and
can be seen until late September.
Chris Hodge sent me two lovely pictures of butterflies, photographed during her Canadian holiday. I was able to identify both of
them for her. One was the Silvery
Blue and the other was the Canadian Tiger Swallowtail. Both are
stated to be common and widespread throughout southern Canada. Canada has 293 butterfly species compared with 60 for the UK
(45 in Wiltshire). We have just a
single Swallowtail, confined to the
Norfolk Broads, Canada has 14
and we have 9 ‘blue’ species compared with Canada’s 19.
I wish the Canadian butterfly
Garden sighting: Small Tortoiseshell
recorders good luck, trying to
identify and record so many species. I find 45 quite sufficient!
Thank you Chris for the pictures
and allowing me to use one of
them in this article.
Mike Fuller
30th August 2014
Canadian Cracker:
A Canadian Tiger
Swallowtail sips
The Rectory
St. James the Least
My dear Nephew Darren,
I was interested to hear that from this academic year, your vicar has
asked you to take his place as a school governor. Naturally, you will have
been told that the governors only meet three times a year. You will
probably not have been told that you will also be expected to be on at
least two sub-committees, where you will be immediately asked to become secretary. Add on training days, parents’ evenings, sports days,
school socials, end of term services, charity events and accompanying
classes on days out and you will begin to realise that your vicar’s suggestion was not as innocent as you may have thought.
Remember, too, that all meetings require you sit on chairs designed
for 5 year-olds. You will then spend countless hours going through a 40
item agenda, trying to look dignified with your knees somewhere round
your ears while drawing up school plans as if they were the Normandy
landing. Be prepared to receive paperwork measured by the hundredweight; entire rainforests have been obliterated by your education authority sending what they seem to think is vital information; it does,
however, make good cat litter.
Most meetings will be so full of acronyms that for the first few years
you will have the feeling that conversation is taking place in a language
that may bear a passing resemblance to English, but isn’t. Your computer abilities will be expected to be far beyond what anyone over the age
of 30 could ever be expected to achieve; if you sink without trace, ask a
seven year-old, who will soon put you right. You will also be encouraged
to attend training days; I strongly suggest you select all-day events, as at
least you will get a lunch out of it. You needn’t bother to arrive on time,
since the first hour will be spent with everyone introducing themselves
and you can leave early, as the final hour will go on filling in evaluation
forms. Just keep reminding yourself that your term of office is a mere
five years; you may even get remission for good behaviour.
Your loving uncle,
For Prayer in October
We pray for:
 Our farmers
 The ringers
 The PCC
 The new Parish News Committee
The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Westwood
Jonathan Azis
[email protected]
David Chalmers
[email protected]
PCC Secretary
Julie Adcock
[email protected]
The Parish Church of St Mary, Wingfield
David Robinson
[email protected]
Sue Phillips
[email protected]
PCC Secretary
Sue Phillips
[email protected]
Quick Crossword
The Bible version is the NIV
Clues across
Clues down
1 ‘Those who were standing near Paul said,
“You — to insult God’s high priest?”’
(Acts 23:4) (4)
3 They were assigned to guard the tree of life
(Genesis 3:24) (8)
9 ‘Elkanah son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the
— of — , the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite’ (1
Samuel 1:1) (3,4)
10 Surrender (Joshua 24:23) (5)
11 Where American livestock can be reared (5)
12 Listen (anag.) (6)
14 Alternative name for Kiriath Jearim (2 Samuel
6:2) (6,2,5)
17 He founded Westminster Abbey, — the
Confessor (6)
19 Hebrew word for the place of the dead (5)
22 Allies of Persia in the fifth century BC
(Esther 1:3) (5)
23 Where John Wesley was forced to preach
a lot (4,3)
24 Rebellion against God; abandonment of
religious belief (8)
25 Note (anag.) (4)
1 Give an account of (Mark 4:30) (8)
2 ‘I — — the path of your commands, for you have
set my heart free’ (Psalm 119:32) (3,2)
4 ‘He took the ephod, the other — — and the
carved image’ (Judges 18:20) (9,4)
5 You are a chosen people, a — priesthood’ (1
Peter 2:9) (5)
6 The meek, the merciful and the mourners are
all this (Matthew 5:4–5, 7) (7)
7 Musical Instrument Digital Interface (1,1,1,1)
8 He was the son of Nun (Deuteronomy 34:9) (6)
13 ‘Let the little — come to me’ (Matthew 19:14)
15 ‘About three thousand were — — their number
that day’ (Acts 2:41) (5,2)
16 In John’s vision, the wall of the new Jerusalem
was made of this (Revelation 21:18) (6)
18 ‘Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly —
a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus
Christ’ (Philippians 3:20) (5)
20 ‘Glorify the Lord with me: let us — his name
together’ (Psalm 34:3) (5)
21 Young Men’s Christian Association (1,1,1,1)
Solutions on page 12.
Source: Parish Pump
The Revd Joanna Abecassis, Chairman
Judith Holland (Churchwarden), Vice Chairman
Trevor Ford (Churchwarden)
Alison Cook
Elaine Crabbe
Ron Dell
Graham Dove
Joan Finch
Ali Green
Marlene Haffenden
Jeremy Lavis*
Thomas Pelham
Bette Riddle
Erin Shields-Pett
Malcolm Walsh
Anne Willis*
Hugh Wright
Chris Hodge (coopted)
PCC Secretary
* Deanery Synod
Chairman, Churchwardens, the Revd Ali Green, LLM and Treasurer
Jeremy Lavis, Mike Fuller, Anne Carter, Tony Haffenden, Joan Finch.
Joanna, Graham, Anne Carter, Joan Finch, Marlene Haffenden, Tony Haffenden,
Chris Hodge, Evelyn Humphrey, Heather Knight, Sue Lavis, Val Payne,
David Rawstron, Hazel Rawstron, Sylvia Stanes.
Chairman: John Cox
Secretaries: Mike and Jenny Fuller Treasurer: John Woods
Committee: Anne Carter, Tony Haffenden, Chris Hodge, Jeremy Lavis,
Revd Angela Onions, Raymond Winrow
Ex officio: Judith Holland, Trevor Ford
This is a longstanding body which now comprises the two benefices of North Bradford
on Avon and Villages and our own. We look forward to establishing a much closer bond
and to this end joint meetings and services have recently been held, and the Group
clergy meet regularly.
Email copy to:
[email protected]
John and Beryl Cox (864270)
PCC Secretary
Chris Hodge
email: [email protected]
PCC Treasurer
Jeremy Lavis
Benefice Administrator Sally Palmer-Walton
[email protected]
Benefice Admin Assistant Aylene Clack
[email protected]
Sarah Quintin
Brass Cleaning
Chris Hodge
Coffee on Sunday
Janet Brown and
Malcolm Walsh
Church Stewards
David Milne
Director of Music
Thomas Pelham
07922 849982
Electoral Roll Officer
Alan Knight
Jonquil Burgess
Food Bank
Heather and Alan Knight
BACT foodbank contact Frank Turner
Guides & Brownies
Bryony Green
email: [email protected]
Mothers’ Union
Ian & Sylvia Stanes
MU Prayer Circle
Chris Hodge
Mary Ford
Saxon Club
David Driscoll
Saxon Church and St Mary Tory Trustees:
Anna Tanfield (all bookings)
Diana Shaw Stewart
Jeremy Lavis
Sidesmen Rota
Judith Holland
Stewardship Secretary Pam Harman
Street Market:
Community Stalls John Cox
Church Stalls John Woods
Communications Deborah Robinson
Team Trinity
June Harrison
Parish Representatives on other organisations:
Bradford Group Council: The Churchwardens
Children’s Society:
Anne Carter
Christian Aid:
Jonquil Burgess
Deanery Synod:
Jeremy Lavis and Anne Willis
BoA Churches Together: David Rawstron
St Laurence School:
The Revd Joanna Abecassis
and Lindsay Driscoll (Foundation Governors)
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issues of the magazine can also be found in the magazine archive on the church web site.