Saturday 1st August
It will continue on subsequent first Saturday of the month (weather permitting). As usual, if you are interested in joining us please contact Trish Richardson via email: email@example.com
This is important so that she can give you a time to meet up en route! Trish rides the route anti-clockwise and will start at the bottom of the hill below Shuttington any time from 10.05, then to Warton, Austrey & Newton Regis. Normally we aim to be at Newton Regis Garden Centre around 11am, however, for the time being we will be stopping at Newton Regis Church to share some time together drinking our own drink and snacks. The ride is suitable for ALL ages, abilities and bikes. The route is on the road and does include the climb from the M42 to Linden Lodge but it is otherwise fairly even. People join us as we go through the villages and we generally disband after coffee. Some of us head off home via Seckington, others complete the loop on their own - up to you! Children must be accompanied by an adult, but otherwise, two simple rules - you MUST wear a helmet and for the time being we will also need to ensure that we keep to the Government guidelines re: social distancing. Please note - the decision and responsibility to ride is yours - we are just a bunch of enthusiastic riders who enjoy a good natter over our drinks (don’t forget to bring yours with you).
Some musing on cycling and life!
There are many reasons that people ride a bicycle, from the love of fresh air, to the need for speed and everything in between and also, some ride to find contentment. Some ride mountain bikes, hybrids, ride road bikes and some all types… but many of us who love cycling just like to be on two wheels.
Sometimes, as in life, things go wrong or to keep with the cycling analogy, the wheels come off! Is this a time to give up or is this a time to dig deep and find your inner strength and to grasp the challenge ahead of you? I can’t answer for anyone, but I do know this: When the challenges of life (and cycling) appear too large and overwhelming, the greatest help we can have is in Jesus. He says “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11 v 28-30). So why not reach out to Jesus when you are finding it tough to work your way through difficult times (or actually, just why not anyway?) and remember that Jesus is always there for you, His promise is for anyone, young, old or in-between. I know that doing this for me has given me a whole new perspective on life, a sense of belonging and also a peace I wouldn’t otherwise experience.
Written by: Sally Parkes
Responding to Jesus
When Jesus called at Mary and Martha’s house, Jesus began preaching. Mary sat down at Jesus’ feet but Martha was distracted with all the preparations that had to be made and complained to Jesus that Mary had left her to do all the work. Jesus answered, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed.” Mary had chosen what was better. This is the same Mary who poured perfume on Jesus’ feet and wiped them with her hair, whilst Martha again served food at the table. A little earlier, Jesus spoke to Martha, saying “Whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” Martha replied, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”
In another scripture Jesus asked Peter, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus then said, “Blessed are you, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.”
Martha’s and Peter’s responses were more or less the same but unfortunately Martha’s account doesn’t get its full recognition, perhaps because it is overshadowed by Jesus’ miracle of raising her brother Lazarus from the dead. Nevertheless both are correct and carry equal weight: Peter gave up his job to follow Jesus; Martha gave her time to feed Jesus, both out of a deep love for him and great faith in who he was.
I wonder how our faith and actions compare to the characters depicted in the Bible…
Written by Joe Galletly
The staff at Polesworth Library have been working from home during the lockdown, doing an immense amount of e-learning in the process. As yet there is no news of a likely date when the library might re-open. Advice is to keep checking the Polesworth Library Facebook page for details and the hope is that it won’t be too long before the library is back in business.
from the Seckington Pantry
Tomato Soup (Easy way to use up all those tomatoes!)
Butter for frying; One onion- finely chopped; Two rashers streaky bacon - diced; One tablespoon flour; One pound of tomatoes - halved; One pint chicken stock; Salt and pepper to taste; Pinch of sugar; Lemon juice; Milk or single cream as required.
1) Melt the butter in a pan, add bacon and onions, cook gently for five minutes. 2) Stir in flour and cook for one minute, stirring constantly. 3) Add tomatoes and gradually stir in stock. 3) Bring to boil, lower heat, season to taste and add sugar. 4)Half cover and simmer for twenty minutes. 5) Remove from heat and rub through sieve. 6) Return to rinsed out pan and re-heat, adjust seasoning and add lemon juice. The milk or cream as desired and re-heat.
Serve with a swirl of cream. You can sprinkle with basil or chopped chives if you like … delicious.
2) The king couldn't change the new - ? 4) King Darius was Daniel's - ? 7) Daniel understood these but other Magi could not (Daniel 2). 9) Whoever broke the law was thrown into the -? den. 10) Who protected Daniel from the lion?
1) After Daniel was thrown to the lions, the king -? all night. 3) Daniel faced this city when he prayed. 5) The Angel shut the lion's -? 6) Name of the city where Daniel lied while in captivity. 8) The king sealed the lion's den with his signet -?