Issue 12 – Week beginning June 14th

Tittle Tattle Newsletter

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Issue 12 week beginning 14th June 2020                                                                       (Below Old Pictures of Harden)


All Are Equal

This week seemed to demonstrate the world in conflict. The ones who shouted loudest or created disorder were the ones who hit the headlines. When the dust settles it will be the quiet, considered discussion that will lead to resolution. Perhaps now is not the time to preach but to reflect.

‘For in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male or female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.’

 [Galations 3: 26-28]

‘The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.’

‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.’

[Martin Luther King]

Finding our way……

The Waking

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.

I learn by going where I have to go.

We think by feeling. What is there to know?

I hear my being dance from ear to ear.

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Of those so close beside me, which are you?

God bless the ground! I shall walk softly there,

And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the Tree; but who can tell us how?

The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do

To you and me; so take the lively air,

And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.

What falls away is always. And is near.

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

I learn by going where I have to go.

[Theodore Roethke]

The Social Media Experience!

I admit I am something of a beginner when it comes to all things ‘virtual’? Social media remains largely a mystery to me. Frequently, when I have to tackle anything to do with the laptop, I have to ask for assistance from husband, children and grandchildren. Even the three year old granddaughter can negotiate the intricacies of the iPad better than I can! I suspect it’s a lot to do with age and coming to the computer world rather late in life. 

In spite of the challenges, I have found what technology has to offer very useful in the Lockdown. I have been able to keep in touch with family and friends by way of video calls, WhatsApp and Zoom: not as good as the real thing but the best of a bad job! And I appreciate, in the wider world, it has been vital to allow businesses to continue and many people to keep working.

However, this new found admiration for the web etc has not extended to all sites, so I found this comment contained in a friend’s message sent to me on Whats App entertaining:- 

‘A Senior’s Version of FACEBOOK’

For those of my generation who do not and cannot comprehend why Facebook exists: I am trying to make friends outside of Facebook while applying the same principles. Therefore, every day I walk down the street and tell passers by what I have eaten, how I feel at the moment, what I have done the night before, what I will do later and with whom. I give them pictures of my family, my dog and of me gardening, taking things apart in the garage, watering the lawn, standing in front of landmarks, driving around town, having lunch and doing what anybody and everybody does every day. I also listen to their conversations giving them the “thumbs up” and tell them that I “like” them. And it works like Facebook. I already have 4 people following me: 2 police officers, a private investigator and a psychiatrist!

Harden Hub

On Friday, we made our last deliveries to the households we have been supplying with fresh fruit and vegetables, since the beginning of the Lockdown. We set out to provide the service for the first twelve weeks of lockdown. Funds from Bradford Council, individual donations and the work of volunteers have made it possible. 

In the last two weeks, there has been a loosening of the restrictions, for most sections of society, but it may be that there remain a number of individuals who continue to require help. We are looking to access further funds to ensure that we can help if needed.

A big thank you to all our volunteers involved in the planning, organisation, purchasing, preparing and delivering.

If you require future assistance or have any enquiries concerning the future of the Hub please contact Helen Keighley, Minister, Harden Congregational Church 

or 07932 156337 

Re-Opening the Congregational Church

We have been giving careful thought to opening the church for private prayer and are currently consulting our members so that everyone has a say. Our church, however, is not just for our existing members but is there for you too. How lovely it will be when we can actually meet some of the new friends we have made, virtually, during lockdown. If you would like to comment on whether or not you might access our church as a place for private prayer or later on for worship please visit our website at and leave a message on the Open to Change page. You can leave your thoughts about our Tittle Tattle Teashop here too.

We have no immediate plans to re-open in any form just yet but will be discussing this over the next two weeks and looking for a way forward so that we can continue to serve the community. If you have any ideas about what form of prayer or worship you would like to see returning or if you have any radical thoughts about re-inventing worship in the community we would love to hear from you. Use our website page or phone Helen on 07932 156337. 

God bless us all and let’s hope we will be worshipping in the building again before too long.

Helen Keighley

Minister, Harden Congregational Church

Village Undertakers, Wilsden

Planning ahead for your funeral may not be everybody’s cup of tea but it can avoid some awkward questions later on. In some cases it may mean parting with some money for a funeral plan but it needn’t. Of course we offer funeral plans but we also offer the opportunity to discuss your funeral wishes in an informal way in order to make it an occasion you’d like it to be when the time comes.

It doesn’t involve signing up to anything or making considerable financial commitments. All we do is meet [suitably socially distanced] to talk through what you’d like, note your thoughts and make a copy available for your nearest and dearest so that everyone is clear, and then forget about it and get on with life! It couldn’t be simpler. Visit our website and click on “Planning Ahead” under the “Prices”tab.

During this continuing coronavirus we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Ring Robert Waddington on 07599 46 26 49 

Harden Gala Alternative Celebrations

Saturday 20th June should have been our gala day. Obviously, with the COVID 19 pandemic it couldn’t be possible but the Gala Committee couldn’t let the day slip by.

We have been hard at work planning 2 fun activities for you and the kids to do.

Game I – A TREASURE HUNT around the village

There are 22 signs going up on Saturday 13th June on a route around the main roads [Long Lane, Keighley Road, Harden Road and Wilsden Road] of the village and the park each depicting sights you would expect to see on Gala day. The red letters on each poster will form a phrase of something peculiar to Harden Children’s Gala. Once you have found all 22 posters and put the phrase together send your entry by email to or by text to 07884 233382. The winners will be drawn from the correct entries on the closing date of Sunday 28th June

If you are shielding and unable to go out then don’t worry. The second one might be more for your family.

Game 2 – DESIGN OUR NEXT BIG THING for the gala.

We want to know your ideas of what you would like to see at the gala so now is your opportunity to create the next big thing.

Simply draw us a picture of your stall or game with rules/explanation.

We will then judge the entries and the winner of the competition will get to see their game created and on the field for 2021.

Send your entry by email to before the 5th July. We will be announcing the winner before the 2021 Gala.


Rainbow Children 

Yesterday’s home schooling;  a painting by Freya on how  she loves home!