Issue 1 – Week beginning March 31st

Tittle Tattle Newsletter Sponsored by Harden Congregational Church
Issue 1 Week beginning March 31st

Welcome to our new weekly newsletter.

To everyone in Harden, welcome to the new weekly version of TITTLE TATTLE, the magazine/newsletter that keeps us all in touch and hopefully also encouraged and entertained. Members at Harden Congregational Church have been sending Tittle Tattle to your homes twice a year but now, more than ever, we feel the need to reach out to you. The current pandemic is hard for everyone and we thought that maybe we could help cheer your day by sending you a weekly communication. We are staying in touch with local businesses and will send you the most up to date news on services and opening times. We will let you know what is happening or not happening] within the village and immediate area. Also included maybe a quiz, poem or short reflection.
We hope that in some small way, we will be helping our brilliant community to stay together so that no-one feels alone.
It is with regret that we have had to close our church for services and even for quiet, personal prayer but rest assured we are still here for you. If anyone needs help with food deliveries or medicines we have volunteers who can help you.
Tittle Tattle will be available on Facebook through the Harden Neighbours page and on our newly rebooted website Be assured that we are praying for the whole community and helping whenever we can.

‘A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’
[John 13:34-35]

Helen Keighley, Minister, Harden Congregational Church

Lifting the Spirits

Just before the lockdown, I went out for a walk in the spring sunshine. I walked down Ryecroft Road, Long Lane and Bingley Road. All along the way, I was met with a mass of beautiful daffodils; a wonderful display of nature’s splendour and constant renewal. It brought to mind a poem that made me pause and lifted my spirits. We need a bit of lifting of spirits at the moment.

I wandered lonely as a cloud

I wandered lonely as a cloud
that floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of the bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed-and-gazed but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills
And dances with the daffodils.

What it is to be a good neighbour:-

A lawyer asked Jesus
‘And who is my neighbour?’
Jesus replied,
‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while travelling came near him. He was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denari, gave them to the innkeeper and said, “Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever you spend.”
Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers? He said, ‘The one who showed him mercy.’
Jesus said to him. ‘Go and do likewise.’

So who are the good neighbours around us? :-

The NHS staff and those in essential services working to keep us safe and provided for, those shopping for and caring for the elderly, those who are following government instructions, staying in and away from others and thereby saving lives.
What an amazing response to the Government’s call for volunteers to support the NHS. We may not all be able to help in this way but we can be a good neighbour in many others. People are coming up with so many brilliant ideas and some very ordinary ones but they can all make a difference to someone. Shopping, delivering, telephoning, txting, emailing, waving, smiling, distancing, staying in and praying. Select any of the above or all!

Life Saver Quiz

We are finding out just how much we owe to medical teams and scientists to keep us safe, in the present crisis. How much do we owe to the doctors and scientists in the past for the amazing advances in medical science? See how much you know about the things we all take for granted.

  1. The first successful vaccine to protect against this disease was developed by Edward Jenner in 1796 when he observed milkmaids who had caught cowpox did not catch this disease.
  2. This drug was first isolated by Frederick Serturner, between 1803-1805, the first isolation of an active ingredient from a plant.
  3. This was discovered by Wilhelm Rontgen in 1895 which enabled the viewing of the inner workings of the body without cutting into the flesh.
  4. This anabolic hormone, identified by Frederick Bonting, in 1922, regulates the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins by promoting the absorption of carbohydrates from the blood into liver, fat and skeletal cells.
  5. This was discovered in 1928 when it was noticed that a mould was stopping bacteria from growing in a petri dish. It was first widely used during World War II.
  6. Major epidemics of this disease were at their peak in 1940s and 1950s when half a million people worldwide were paralysed or died from it until it was brought under control by vaccine
  7. This holds the information the body uses to build cells.
  8. This was first used in an operation by Dr. Joseph Lister and is used to destroy microbes before they enter into the body to prevent the free development and multiplication of microbes reducing infection and resulting in the dramatic downturn of patient mortality.
  9. In 1628 William Harvey described the circulation and properties of blood which led to what common medical intervention?
  10. This discovery during the 19th century is one of the most critical medical breakthroughs benefiting patients who are being operated on.
    [Answers in Issue 2]

Lockdown experiences

It’s the little things that make you smile

  • Walking on Harden Moor in the beautiful sunshine and drinking coffee from our newly acquired flask.
  • Observing the new ‘highway code’ in the supermarket queue, two trolley lengths apart
  • Happy husband drinking his first pint of Guinness for two weeks after daughter delivered it to gate.
  • Ryecroft residents coming out and clapping and hollering [at a safe distance] in a show of support for the NHS and workers in essential services.
  • keeping in regular touch and having a lot of fun on Whats App groups for family and friends
  • Face timing with family. Daughter trying to have a sensible conversation with us while granddaughters are falling out in lumps in the background.

An Irish Blessing
When you are out on your isolated walks or just sitting in your chair reflecting, think of this

‘May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face:
May the rain fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.’