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THE DOVE online Autumn 2020

Editorial

“Welcome back!” is a phrase echoing ever wider across the land as businesses and leisure facilities are allowed to open their doors once more after months of inactivity.

Churches too are gradually re-opening after the lockdown and in All Souls we are pleased to announce that by the end of August (God willing and local and national circumstances permitting) we will have had at least one ‘live’ service conducted in each of our five churches – St Nicholas Austrey, St Mary Newton Regis, All Saints Seckington, St Matthew Shuttington and Holy Trinity Warton.

Of course we are mindful that some people may not yet be able or yet feel ready to venture inside a church building and so will be continuing to offer some services online in the weeks ahead.

Weddings and funerals can once more take place in church but there are strict conditions – no more than 30 people in attendance, social distancing and hygiene measures in place, no singing of hymns allowed.

So “Welcome back!”, albeit to a different way of doing things, with social distancing, hand sanitising, face coverings (strongly encouraged), no hugs or handshakes, no singing, no sharing of the chalice at Communion. But the main thing is that we are back, able to participate once more in communal worship in our churches, resuming that continuity of praise and prayer which has been handed down over the centuries.

A new and more circumspect way of doing things, but the main thing is that we can do them and that is something to be truly thankful for.

Alison

All Souls Update July 2020

Interregnum News

1.The recruitment process for a new Vicar has been postponed due to Covid 19. We are hoping that the Diocese will be able to place an advert for the position in the near future.

2.The Churchwardens and the PCC have arranged regular services on-line (ZOOM) throughout the lockdown. Details are posted on Church Noticeboards, Newsletters and on the Parish website: www.allsoulsnorthwarwickshire.co.uk It has been great to see so many of you on-line.

3. We are gradually re-opening our five church buildings, following the guidelines from the government and the diocese. Latest news for this is on the website (above). We are looking forward to welcoming worshippers to said services over the next few weeks.

4. We will continue to offer a mixture of on-line and live services for the foreseeable future.

PCC Matters

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) has continued to meet online throughout the lockdown, even though much of our business has been curtailed due to Covid19. We have continued to:

1) Plan and deliver a range of services and opportunities for worship. 2) Meet our Common Fund payments to the Diocese. 3) Ensure that our bills - electricity, insurance and so on - are all paid.

Some things have need to be postponed temporarily including:

1) The plans to install a composting toilet at Warton. 2) The inspection and repair of the roof at Austrey. 3) The annual churchyard safety survey.

If you would like to know more about the work of the PCC do please contact any of the Churchwardens - Anne Bufton-McCoy, Heather Cooke, Shirley Faulkner, Dawn Cole, Richard Meredith – or any PCC member.

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: trishrich18@gmail.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

God, our friend & companion during lockdown

The past few months have enabled many to slow their pace of life and devote more time to thought and reflection. Gina and John Larkin share their experience of what it has been like for them:

Lockdown came with little notice. One minute we were working, minding grandchildren, volunteering at the Starfish project, socialising regularly with friends and family, hosting bible club, helping with Alpha and attending church, and the next we were isolating at home, unable to do any of those things. A strange time and we understand that for some it was also extremely difficult. Fairly quickly we learnt new words : furlough, COVID-19, social distancing, shielding and Zoom, for example. As Christians we sought guidance from our Lord and He told us in many different ways to trust Him with all our heart and not to lean on our own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5) God was working. Many churches started doing online services morning and evening and Christian speakers were posting daily devotionals and chambles (cross between chat and ramble) and our own churches started weekly services on Zoom. (Our grateful thanks to all who helped set this up).

We began a new rhythm of life. We started each morning with a service from Peel Parishes or St Helen’s in Ashby. We would listen to J. John (a powerful evangelist) and Adrian Plass (an amusing but poignant Christian author) daily and at bedtime we would do a compline service. We had Bible Club on Zoom fortnightly, which was a great way to learn from God’s word, and the prayer circle remained up and running throughout and is such a blessing providing support to those who participate as we witness the power of prayer. On Sundays it was such a joy to meet our Church family on Zoom, to see their faces and smiles, to interact, engage and worship together. This was on top of family/friends Zooms, reading bedtime stories online, a daily bike ride and doing all the jobs around the house that were waiting for when we had a moment. We missed hugs and seeing people face to face but somehow we valued so much more the contact we were able to achieve with video calls, and felt closer to family members and friends as we shared our lockdown experiences We reconnected with people we had been too busy to contact for a while and rekindled friendships. We saw a heart-warming rise in kindness, thoughtfulness and people helping others in the wider community. We built new relationships with Christians from other churches and a much greater bond, strong, beautiful and lasting, with our next door neighbours as we shared the love of Christ over the wall.

So what have we learnt from this season? Lots of things, but most of all we think we have learnt afresh the old lesson that in Christ God can transform the most difficult situation. He has the power to convert sadness into joy and despair into hope. And Covid? God would not permit evil in this world if good did not come from it, so we have faith and hope (Romans: 8:28). We feel we are seeing the dawn of a new way forward, a shift away from complacency and have new opportunities and ideas that have resulted from lockdown and that we should now adopt and embrace.

By the grace of God we found this time fulfilling and fruitful and feel we not only survived but thrived. As we emerge from lockdown, let us step forward trusting the Lord, our Saviour, who gives us that hope for the future.

* If you would like to learn more about Bible Club or the prayer circle, please contact us on 01827 830770 or 07966664508.

The Mayflower – 400 years ago

Many anniversaries due to be celebrated in 2020 will have had to be cancelled, or commemorated in far less spectacular fashion, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the most significant is surely the marking of 400 years since the Mayflower set sail to cross the Atlantic with 102 passengers and around 30 crew. Many of the passengers were Puritan Separatists who sought to break away from the established Church of England and create a new society based on their religious ideals. Some had already left their native shores to escape persecution and taken refuge in Leiden in Holland, where attitudes were more liberal, but then decided to join with others in seeking a new beginning in the New World as it was known. They were later to become regarded as the Pilgrim Fathers, still revered by many today. Other passengers included hired hands, servants or farmers recruited by London merchants to develop the colony of Virginia.

The Mayflower was a typical English merchant vessel of the early 17th century, with 3 masts and 3 levels – the main deck, gun deck and cargo hold. She set sail initially from Rotherhithe on the Thames in mid-July 1620 and was due to rendezvous in Southampton Water with the Speedwell bringing passengers from Holland. Both ships were originally due to cross the Atlantic but the Speedwell developed problems and in the end Mayflower sailed alone out of Plymouth on 6 September of that year.

The Mayflower (Courtesy of The Clapham Society: Walker T)

It was not the most propitious season for such a voyage, with western gales making the Northern Atlantic a dangerous place for sailing, with huge waves constantly crashing against the deck, and it was a full 2 months before land was sighted. It was a miserable journey for the passengers, crowded into narrow low-ceilinged cabins with little room to move about freely. Many would pass their time reading by candlelight or playing cards and games such as nine men’s morris. Stores of food and other essentials needed for their future lives – such as tools, weapons (they expected to encounter hostilities on arrival) and even some live animals including dogs, sheep, goats and poultry – were kept in the hold. However, given that many of the passengers had been confined on board the ship for over a month longer than anticipated, rations were depleted and the lack of fresh fruit and vegetables, the usual dietary sources of vitamin C, meant that several passengers developed scurvy.

As the ship approached land, further problems arose: rough seas and storms prevented the Mayflower from reaching its initial destination in Virginia and she was finally forced to anchor on the site of Provincetown Harbor on the shores of Cape Cod, much further north than originally intended. This gave rise to great discontent among the passengers who were not Separatists (referred to as ‘strangers’) but the dispute was quickly resolved by the drawing up of the Mayflower Compact, in which the 41 men who signed agreed to join together in a “civil body politic”. It became the foundation of the new colony’s government.

Unrest among some of the passengers was not the only problem. They were neither accustomed to nor prepared for the harsh winter they encountered on their arrival. The freezing conditions, coupled with a shortage of wholesome food, resulted in almost half of the passengers and half of the crew dying during that first winter. The settlers finally decided to make their home on a site on the western side of Cape Cod Bay, which they later named Plymouth Harbour. For the first few months they continued to live mostly aboard the Mayflower and ferried back and forth establishing their new storage and living quarters. On a hill overlooking the settlement they also built a watch tower and a fort manned by six large iron cannons to guard against attack by the native American Indians. Initial relations were often cordial but deteriorated over the next decades as an increasing number of settlers arrived from Europe and laid claim to more and more land along America’s eastern seaboard.

Nevertheless, the arrival of those first pilgrims on the shores of the New World is recognised as an important landmark in the history of America and many Americans are proud to claim descent from those first Puritan settlers. Its significance also lives on in the celebration of Thanksgiving in late November, said to have originated as those same first settlers enjoyed their first harvest feast in November 1621.

The New Normal

How was lockdown for you? This is a question we would not have understood at the beginning of the year but now, as lockdown eases, we might reflect upon it.

Our daughter-in-law, Carol’s family is from Lima in Peru. It’s a large bustling modern city which, when we were there nine years ago, impressed us in many ways, not least because of the welcome we received from the people we met. It’s a city that has been growing quickly for many years, with people arriving from the mountains and other parts to make a better life for themselves in the city. Many have to start from scratch by building a shelter from scrap wood, plastic and anything they can find on the desert hills around Lima. Then they find some kind of work to survive. Some make temporary repairs to the roads, for which motorists toss them a few coins, or collect plastic bottles to recycle.Carol’s sister Natalie, who lives in Liverpool, went back to Peru for a short holiday just before the pandemic struck, leaving her husband here in the UK. Unfortunately, as with so many countries, Coronavirus struck Peru hard and they quickly found themselves in lockdown with no international flights in or out of the country.

Carol’s mom intended to return to Liverpool for a few months in anticipation of the birth of Carol’s second baby in May. She too was stuck in Lima. They could have just stayed safely in the house but Carol’s mom knew that some of the people living in the shanty town on the outskirts would be in a desperate situation because many had no food, running water or electricity. Now, unable to go into the town daily for work, some were facing real hardship, not only from the pandemic, they were also in danger of starvation.

Natalie and her mom could have stayed safe in their home. But they decided to do whatever they could to help the poorest. So they started to prepare and deliver food parcels and essential supplies to some of the people. This was not a very safe thing to do as many of the people there are desperate and crime is commonplace. But when they turned up, the elderly people they delivered to were all so grateful not to have been forgotten. One sick old man living alone, nicknamed Choclito, which means ‘little corn’ in Spanish was so overwhelmed by the gift of food that he said, ‘I’d like to invite you in for a drink. I don’t have any tea or coffee but now that you’ve brought me some milk, I’d like you to come in and share it with me.’ With donations from friends and family from Lima to Liverpool, this frail old man had a visit from a doctor, the medication he needed and some clothes. They were advised not to buy things which would draw attention to him because he may be beaten up and have things stolen. Natalie said afterwards that he looked so happy, almost like a kid. He said he was astonished that people who live so far away and don’t even know him were helping him.

Written by Trevor Henderson

“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 24:40

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

Special Days…..

Did you know that August 24th is St Bartholomew’s Day?

St Bartholomew, or Bar-Tolmai (son of Tolmai) lived and died in the first century in Palestine. He is reputed to have been flayed alive, and is, therefore , known as the patron saint of butchers and tanners. In London a great fair used to be held in Smithfield, dating back to 1133, in honour of the nearby hospital of St Bartholomew founded by Henry I’s jester. This fair brought together many traders, which provided much needed income for the hospital, but it also provided an excuse for much raucous behaviour, and the fair was eventually banned in 1855 because it was said that it was an offence against public dignity and morals!

At this fair the forerunners of today’s toffee apples were served - windfall apples, skewered on sticks and dipped in thick honey. An appropriate tradition, since St Bartholomew was also the patron saint of bee keepers and honey makers.

September 29th is Michaelmas

St Michael, the Archangel, was known in the Old Testament as the protector of the Israelites and in the New Testament as the opponent of the Devil. He is the patron saint of soldiers, horses and also of The Mount in Cornwall. As one of the Quarter Days, Michaelmas has for many centuries been an important time for payment of rents, and generally settling up. It was also a time when people could terminate their service and be hired elsewhere at one of the many Hiring Fairs which took place on this day. These Hiring Fairs were sometimes called Mop Fairs, and workers for hire would carry an emblem of their trade - a mop for a maid, a whip for a carter, a straw for a cowman or a crook for a shepherd. This emblem would be swapped with the new employer for a ribbon and a good will token of a shilling to be spent at the fair.

In Bedfordshire a two-day fair was held, a feature of which was the sale of baked pears, sold directly from large earthenware dishes. These baked pears were known as wardens.

Baked Wardens

Traditional Recipe for Hot Baked Wardens.

Ingredients: 6 large firm pears; ¾ pint red wine; 1 oz brown sugar; Pinch of ground cinnamon, ginger and saffron.

Peel the pears and place in an ovenproof dish. Mix the wine, sugar and spices and pour over the pears. Bake in the oven (180C) for 20-30 minutes until tender.

shared by Anne Bufton-McCoy

Keeping in Touch

How can you find out what is happening in our Parish?

1. Check out the Website www.allsoulsnorthwarwickshire.co.uk 2. Read the regular monthly Newsletter (available at live services and on the website). 3. Check out the Church Noticeboards for the latest service information 4. Read The Dove magazine! 5. If you have given us your email address then you may receive occasional emails from the Parish secretary. PLEASE check your emails regularly. 6. Word of mouth…

• Churchwardens • PCC members • Prayer Circle • Bible Club • Soul Café Team & FB Soul Cafe Hub • School Assembly Teams • Friends and family.

DO REMEMBER that communication is a two way street - we are doing our best to keep in touch with you so do tell us if you aren’t able to access the information you need.

Library News

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.

Mission News

Birmingham City Mission

BCM has been busy delivering medication and food supplies to those in need – those shielding or isolating but also individuals and families struggling in the lockdown – inserting Christian literature in many of the food bags and holding conversations where possible. Supporters have been finding innovative ways of raising funds, holding Zoom parties and virtual quizzes. A virtual garden party, where guests came and collected boxes of home-made cakes (at a social distance of course!) raised over £2,000.

Those shopping online might like to know that they can opt to support BCM as their chosen charity by registering at giveasyoulive or use smile.amazon.co.uk A small percentage of what you spend goes to your nominated charity. Some of BCM’s workers remain furloughed while others are currently re-opening some of their premises – shop, Care Centre and Resource Centre –in line with COVID-19 regulations. All are working hard to support the elderly, the vulnerable and the homeless in these challenging times.

On a sad note, it was announced that Edwin Orton, who founded BCM in 1966, passed on Saturday 4 July. His legacy lives on.

Malawi

July has seen a worrying surge in coronavirus cases: the latest figures record over 2,000 cases and 39 deaths in a population of 18 million. The rise is attributed in part to the winter season (the virus thrives in cooler conditions), coinciding with the return of many migrant workers from South Africa, where there is a high incidence of the disease. Failure to control crowds during the recent election campaign rallies is also seen as a contributory factor. A shortage of testing equipment and delays in getting supplies from Europe have not helped the situation

During the pandemic congregations can still worship in limited numbers, as the government did not as yet ban church gatherings, although some churches have ceased services to comply with the lockdown. We pray that the situation can be brought under control without further undue loss of life.

Mission Aviation Fellowship

MAF’s mission is to serve people in isolated areas and situations and that has never been more vital than today in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the number of flights they are permitted to make has greatly reduced because of government restrictions in countries all around the world. In Africa, for example, flights have reduced by 80%, as their tragic experience with viruses such as Ebola has led the governments of many African countries to act very promptly to bring in measures to restrict people’s movements. In some places MAF is still given permission to make emergency flights to deliver food and medical aid and supplies, including PPE, hand-washing kits and coronavirus test kits. MAF takes every precaution to protect its staff both from contracting the virus and passing it on to others. Even their engineers carrying out essential maintenance on their aircraft observe social distancing! MAF planes have also enabled volunteers to be flown home when no other form of transport was available.

Prayer is a vital part of MAF’s vision to see people transformed physically and spiritually in Christ’s name. You can sign up to receive regular prayer letters – being issued weekly during the current crisis – by going to www.maf-uk.org›pray.

Bethesda Leprosy Hospital

Sadly, there have been many cases of COVID-19 in Narsapur, where the hospital is based. Nevertheless the staff of Bethesda have continued to provide a skeleton service, seeing around 15 leprosy and AIDS patients as outpatients, and they do not refuse any patient who is in need of admission to the hospital. They also continue to care for the 31 children who suffer from HIV/AIDS in the George Muller Home. They are grateful that they had funds to pay staff salaries this month.

Crosslinks

All Souls continues to support Study Partner Patrick Cyprian in Nairobi and it has been encouraging to have regular communication with him in recent months. Patrick has been dealing with the challenge of studying from home during the coronavirus pandemic but he has successfully completed his assignments this semester, for which he gives thanks to the Lord. He acknowledges that his studies have broadened his outlook, helping him to understand other cultures and the various doctrines which have formed the basis of the Christian faith.

All this, he feels, will be of value to him as he looks to work in church planting and pastoral work. Currently he attends Gracepoint Church in the Kikuyu township of Nairobi, a newly established church which celebrated its third anniversary in June 2020, where he is one of the elders, teaches in the Sunday School and looks after worship services. He recently reported: “We have been recording (services) and then stream the recordings on Sundays, that way we give our members an opportunity to watch the sermons at their convenience especially due to challenges that come with purchasing of internet bundles for streaming and poor networks since only few people who can afford home fibres. We however tried a zoom service two weeks ago as a church family and the outcome was encouraging, we praise the Lord for that.”

Patrick also participated in the Crosslinks Summer Meeting of 2020 and it was good to be able to watch a live recording of his interview. Asked about any hardships or challenges faced by the Christian church in Kenya, he identified three elements: firstly the resurgence of African traditional religions, with people offering sacrifices to appease the gods. Then they have to contend with the rise of the ‘prosperity gospel’ which many find attractive, whereas their mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus. Finally he expressed his concern at the influence of politics whereby churches would be encouraged to support a particular party based on their tribal allegiances. He is concerned that this can adversely affect the unity of the Church. Asked if he had a message of encouragement for Christians in the UK, Patrick cited Paul’s message to the Galatians which he sums up as “Hold fast to what you believe” – a message for Christian brothers and sisters worldwide.

Poetry Page

I was walking down life’s highway a long time ago.

One day, I saw a sign that read “Heaven’s Grocery Store”,

As I got a little closer, the door came open wide,

And when I came to myself, I was standing inside.

I saw a host of ANGELS. They were standing everywhere.

One handed me a basket and said, “My child, shop with care.”

Everything a Christian needed was in the Grocery Store,

And all you couldn’t carry, you could come back the next day for more.

First, I got some PATIENCE; LOVE was in the same row,

Further down was UNDERSTANDING, you need that everywhere you go.

I got a box or two of WISDOM, a bag or two of FAITH.

I couldn’t miss the HOLY GHOST for it was all over the place.

I stopped to get some STRENGTH and COURAGE to help me run this race.

By then my basket was getting full, but I remembered some GRACE.

I didn’t forget SALVATION for SALVATION is free,

So I tried to get enough of that to save both you and me.

Then I started up to the counter to pay my grocery bill,

For I thought I had everything to do my MASTER’S will.

As I went up the aisle I saw PRAYER and I just had to put that in,

For I know when I stepped outside, I would run right into sin.

PEACE and JOY were plentiful, they were on the last shelf.

SONG and PRAISES were hanging near, so I just helped myself.

Then I said to the Angel, “Now, how much do I owe?”

He just smiled and said, “Just take them everywhere you go.”

Again I said, “How much do I really owe?”

He smiled again and said:

“MY CHILD, JESUS PAID YOUR BILL A LONG, LONG TIME AGO!”

The Thomas Monke Charity

Some of you may have noticed posters in Austrey at the shop and village hall mentioning the Thomas Monke Charity and wondered about its history and background.

Thomas Monke was a wealthy landowner who lived in Shenton near Market Bosworth in the 17th/18th century. He was overjoyed when his three sons Herbert, Thomas and John were born. However, tragedy struck when his youngest son John died in 1692 aged just three. Further tragedy was to follow when both Thomas and Herbert died within a couple of months of each other, Thomas in November 1704 aged 14 and Herbert the following January aged 20. Thomas was inconsolable and left his home in Shenton and his wife Sarah, wandering round the countryside trying to recover from the terrible tragedy. He had no money and relied on kind villagers to feed him and give him a bed while he came to terms with his grief.

Three villages were particular kind to him – Measham, Whitwick and Austrey. He never forgot their kindness and when he finally went back to Shenton, he vowed to repay them. He did so by establishing a charity whereby he assigned £10 per year to each village to “help an apprentice to some honest trade or profession or to a boy of some poor person”. This may not seem much, but back in the 18th century it was a great deal of money. The charity still operates today run by a small group of trustees under the auspices of the Charity Commission and is able to offer modest help to young people in certain kinds of hardship.

In addition to establishing a charity for the benefit of young people in Austrey, Thomas Monke had a rather splendid memorial to his three sons erected in Austrey Church. It is high on the north wall in your line of sight as you enter the main door. It is thought to be unusual for its period, with a carving at its base of a skull set in a pair of asymmetrical wings whilst at the top of the monument there is a cherub, said to represent the rising of his sons from the grave to heaven. It is perhaps interesting to speculate where the three sons were buried and why the memorial was erected in Austrey Church but that is a mystery that remains to be solved.

contributed by Kay Angus

Community Police News

Local Policing Update

Rural Crime Team: We are pleased to advise that following the launch of the Rural Crime Team in Warwickshire Police back in October 2019, we now have another three officers joining us around the county taking us to 9. In our North Warwickshire district we now have PC Andy Timmins and PC Andy Hoey, joining Carol Cotterill to support farmers locally and work alongside the local policing team from Atherstone.

Home Security: With hopefully another warm spell coming, it is important to still remember the importance of shutting and locking your windows and doors to rooms you are not actually in; this includes if you are upstairs or in the garden. Unfortunately we have already had incidents where offenders have used the opportunity to enter through open windows and doors to take items.

Shed Security: This is an ideal time to review your shed security and the items inside it. If you have a window, cover it in some way so that offenders cannot see what is inside, property mark the contents with your post code and/or a UV pen. Ensure the lock on the door plus the hinges and hasps are all strong and of a good quality, plus consider a shed alarm. There are many on the market, including simple battery operated ones that are also available from Neighbourhood Watch. For further advice and information on protecting your shed and its contents go to our websites at www.warwickshireruralwatch and www.warwickshire.police.uk.

Vehicle Security: A reminder that if you leave your vehicle unattended, even if it is only for a short period of time, take any items with you and make sure it is locked. If you park your vehicle on the road or drive at night it is especially important to ensure no items are left in it, including sat navs and other devices. Only a small amount of cash on display can prompt offenders to force entry to your car, so don’t take the risk. Owners of vans are also strongly advised to empty their vehicle when not in use and place any tools in a secure area. We understand this can be a big job if you have lots of items and time consuming, but it will help protect your property. Further advice on van security and property marking is on our websites detailed above.

Alerts & Good News: If you would like to receive alerts and good news stories for our area you can do so by going to our website at www.warwickshireruralwatch.co.uk or contacting us and we can add your email address on our system. At any time you can choose to unsubscribe.

Be vigilant and if you see anyone acting suspiciously or giving you cause for concern call the police on 101 or 999 if there is a crime in progress. You can also report online at www.warwickshire.police.uk.

Thank you, during this unprecedented period, for abiding by the government guidelines. Keep up to date with the advice and information being given and stay safe and well. We look forward to seeing you when we are out and about patrolling in the villages.

PC Kay Bradburn, PCSO Sarah Fretter, PCSO Simeon Hodson, RCC Carol Cotterill.

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.

Kids space.....

ACROSS:

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?

DOWN:

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 -?

School News

Newton Regis C of E Austrey C of E Primary School & Primary School

Much has changed in our village schools in recent months, not least a change of Headteacher for Austrey and Newton Regis. So we bid farewell to Lee Kilkenny, as remembered by Harry Gul:

Mr Kilkenny was the best headteacher ever. He was always cheerful and happy to the pupils, staff and parents in school. He did the best assemblies and always looked smart in a suit. Mr Kilkenny told us exciting stories about his life in the army and used volunteers to act out his Bible stories. He always used the same funny phases and always said to every class that they were his favourite class in the school!

My Kilkenny loved sport, especially football and he supported Aston Villa, like me. Every time I saw him he made a joke about Villa and their performance in the Premiership. At the Summer Fayre we threw wet sponges at his face and ate cake together. We all ran with him for Cancer research.

Mr Kilkenny visited our classes every day to check his teachers and children were okay. He cheered us up or just said hi. He would run some really good church services at Easter, Harvest and Christmas. He was incredibly kind and helpful and sometimes would teach us lessons (Miss G liked to test him on his grammar terminology and he always failed). He would come and watch our school sports events and would always cheer or chant. It has been a real shame that we never got chance to say a proper goodbye and we will miss him dearly.

And we say hello to Sara Eley, who took over during the lockdown and has sent us this introduction:

Hello, my name is Sara Eley and it is my absolute pleasure to be introducing myself as the new Headteacher of Austrey and Newton Regis CE Primary Schools, part of the Birmingham Diocese Multi-academy Trust.

I took up this post on 20th April 2020. I began my teaching career in 1992 and have worked in a variety of schools, including large inner-city schools and Church Schools in Leicestershire. I live in Tamworth with my husband and two teenage daughters. I enjoy tap dancing, reading and travelling around Europe in our campervan.

My priority as a Headteacher is encompassing the Christian values that are key to the schools and to ensure that staff and children are guided by BDMAT’s mission to enjoy ‘life in its fullness’ (John 10:10), alongside welcoming the children of the community into a caring, secure and safe environment.

Warton Nethersole's C of E School

There will shortly be changes at Warton Nethersole’s C of E School too as Mrs Sue Bostock retires and a new Headteacher takes over the running of that school. But more of that in the next edition!

From the Registers

These are not included on the online version for reasons of privacy.

Our huge congratulations to all those that have recently been married in our parish and also to those that have celebrated baptism

Please accepted our sincere condolences if you are mourning the loss of a loved one at this time. You are in the prayers of the parish.