Issue 16 – Week beginning 12th July

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Issue 16 Week beginning 12th July

Last Issue of the Summer!

This will be the last issue of the Newsletter for the time being.

 We wanted to keep in touch through the most challenging time of the last few months when it was impossible to meet face to face and we all hunkered down in our own little bunkers! Over the past week or two, we have started to emerge from behind our doors and life outside beckons. The need for regular weekly communication in this format is not so necessary.

We propose issuing another edition, in the last week of August, as we begin to prepare for new beginnings in September.

We hope you have found the Newsletter helpful and thank you for your support.

If anyone wants to contribute news, adverts or articles to the August edition please let us have your copy by 22nd August.

 Sheila Driver

Kay Johnson 

Summer Holidays

It seems so long ago now, that week in March when the first Newsletter went out. The prospect of a complete lockdown that would last for so many months seemed unreal. But here we are having come through it and taking the first tentative steps towards a new ‘normal’.

At the end of this week the schools and pre-schools break up for the summer holidays. That in itself seems strange when to most of us the schools haven’t been open. Of course, some children have been at school and the other children and teachers have all been working hard in the background albeit mainly in a virtual classroom. In these circumstances, they do need a break!

Perhaps it is a time for a lot of us to try and return to the annual timetable whilst adjusting to what a new reality will bring.

What better way to take stock, relax and reflect than to experience a summer holiday? Some may be fortunate and brave enough to venture abroad, some may spread their new found wings into the different corners of the UK, some may stay local and enjoy the parks and the river banks, and some may have to rely on the memories of holidays gone by, for the moment. Whatever group we may fall into let’s treat our ‘summer holidays’ as a bit of ‘time out’ to rest, reflect and prepare ourselves for the challenges of the months to come……………

 The Bible advises us

‘Ask the animals and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky and they will tell you, or speak to the earth and it will teach you or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.’

[Job 12:7-10]

‘The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing

He makes me lie down in green pastures

He leads me beside quiet waters.’

[Psalm 23:1-3]

So talking of Holidays………

To the Sea

This poem celebrates the English tradition of heading to the beach with the family to enjoy the ‘annual pleasure, half a rite’ of a trip to the seaside.

To step over the low wall that divides

Road from concrete walk above the shore

Brings sharply back something known long before – 

The miniature gaiety of seasides.

Everything crowds under the low horizon:

Steep beach, blue water, towels, red bathing caps,

The small hushed waves’ repeated fresh collapse

Up the warm yellow sand, and further off

A white steamer stuck in the afternoon.

Still going on, all of it, still going on!

To lie, eat, sleep in hearing of the surf

[Ears to transistors, that sound tame enough

Under the sky], or gently up and down

Lead the uncertain children, frilled in white

And grasping at enormous air, or wheel

The rigid old along for them to feel

A final summer, plainly still occurs

As half an annual pleasure, half a rite.

As when, happy at being on my own,

I searched the sand for famous Cricketers,

Or, farther back, my parents, listeners

To the same seaside quack, first became known,

Strange to it now. I watch the cloudless scene:

The same clear water over smoothed pebbles,

The distant bathers’ weak protesting trebles

Down at its edge, and then the cheap cigars,

The chocolate-papers, tea-leaves, and, between

The rocks, the rusting soup-tins till the first 

Few families start the trek back to the cars,

The white steamer has gone

Like breathed on glass

The sunlight has turned milky. If the worst

Of flawless weather is cut short,

It may be that through habit these do best,

Coming to the water clumsily undressed

Yearly; teaching their children by a sort

Of clowning; helping the old, too, as they ought

[Philip Larkin]

The Brook 

The Brook is a reminder of the constant presence of water and nature on our doorstep and of the peace and calming properties of the river and stream.

I come from haunts of coot and hern,
I make a sudden sally
And sparkle out among the fern,
To bicker down a valley.

By thirty hills I hurry down,
Or slip between the ridges,
By twenty thorpes, a little town,
And half a hundred bridges.

Till last by Philip’s farm I flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.

I chatter over stony ways,
In little sharps and trebles,
I bubble into eddying bays,
I babble on the pebbles.

With many a curve my banks I fret
By many a field and fallow,
And many a fairy foreland set
With willow-weed and mallow.

I chatter, chatter, as I flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.

I wind about, and in and out,
With here a blossom sailing,
And here and there a lusty trout,
And here and there a grayling,

And here and there a foamy flake
Upon me, as I travel
With many a silvery waterbreak
Above the golden gravel,

And draw them all along, and flow
To join the brimming river
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.

I steal by lawns and grassy plots,
I slide by hazel covers;
I move the sweet forget-me-nots
That grow for happy lovers.

I slip, I slide, I gloom, I glance,
Among my skimming swallows;
I make the netted sunbeam dance
Against my sandy shallows.

I murmur under moon and stars
In brambly wildernesses;
I linger by my shingly bars;
I loiter round my cresses;

And out again I curve and flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.

[Alfred, Lord Tennyson]

Church Re-opening

St Saviour’s Church and Harden Congregational Church opened the doors again last week for private prayer and reflection. A few people took advantage of the re-opening and it felt good to be there, albeit with social distancing, hand gel and masks!

Until further notice 

St. Saviour’s will be open on Mondays 10am – 11am

Harden Congregational on Fridays 10.30am -11.30am

for prayer and reflection only.

All welcome.

Rainbow Children 

pastedGraphic.png Freya Facepacks with Mum

pastedGraphic_1.png Tilly (3) chilling out in the sun

pastedGraphic_2.png George Back at School

Answers to Capital Cities Quiz

  1. Kabul Afghanistan
  2. Amman Jordan
  3. Vatican City, Vatican City
  4. Hanoi Vietnam
  5. Kathmandu Nepal
  6. Santiago Chile
  7. Havana Cuba
  8. Berlin Germany
  9. Edinburgh Scotland
  10. Bangkok Thailand
  11. Stanley Falkland Islands
  12. Athens Greece
  13. Brasilia Brasil
  14. Madrid Spain
  15. Nairobi Kenya
  16. Bern Switzerland
  17. Helsinki Finland
  18. Reykjovik Iceland
  19. Oslo Norway
  20. Copenhagen Denmark
  21. Dublin Ireland
  22. Paris France
  23. Rome Italy
  24. Dubrovnik Croatia
  25. Tokyo Japan

Summer Quiz

  1. The First Day of Summer is an annual public holiday celebrated in which European country in April?
  2. What is the first line of the Musical Grease’s ‘Summer Nights’?
  3. Which feast day falls on July 15th every year?
  4. Who was credited with saving 77 lives during 7 summers working as a lifeguard at Lowell Park Illinois starting in 1926?
  5. Which singer was known as the ‘Queen of Disco’?
  6. Who met and fell in love with Margo Bouvier in a 1974 summer camp?
  7. Which novel is told partly by its heroine Esther Summerson?
  8. The ‘dogs days of summer’ are named after the Dog Star; what is the better known name of this star?
  9. What term is given to a period of hot dry weather that occurs in autumn?
  10. ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day’ is the first line of a sonnet by William Shakespeare. What is the second line?
  11. What was the first name of Clegg in the sitcom ‘Last of the Summer Wine.?
  12. The summer solstice occurs in the Southern hemisphere during which month?
  13. ‘In the Summertime’was a debut single and big hit for which British rock band?
  14. Name the fictional seaside town in the Australian sitcom ‘Home and Away’
  15. What are the names of the fairie king and Queen in William Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’?
  16. Who sang the song ‘Summer’ which received nominations for British Single of the Year at 2015 Brit Awards?
  17. Castel Gandolfo is famous for being whose summer residence?
  18. London has hosted the Summer Olympic Games’ 3 times. Can you name the years?
  19. What is the Italian word for summer?
  20. The Summer Palace is a vast ensemble of palaces, gardens and lakes in which world city?
  21. In the famous nursery rhyme what did the Queen of Hearts make ‘all on a summer day’?
  22. What are the three summer signs of the zodiac?
  23. British Summer Time begins and ends on the last Sundays of which months?
  24. The month of June is named after which Roman goddess?
  25. What is used as the filling of a ‘summer pudding’?
  26. The tiny Summer Isles are a few miles northwest of which Scottish port? 

[Answers in August Issue]


We choose to rest here in your presence

By the quiet waters.

No agenda.

No program or plan.

Just being with You is what we need and long for.

Refresh us Lord

Refresh us Lord.