Derek Fowles
10 Lynden Close, Holyport, Berks, SL6 2LB

Tel: 01628 629538
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From the Registers
22 October
23 October
Nelson Askwith             
Barbara Thomas                
aged 94 years
aged 88 years
November 2018
Parish News
The Vicar Writes
Lest we forget November 1918
St Michael's Bellringers
Normandy Visit
Macmillan Plougman's Lunch
Meetings and Events
The Vicar Writes

Dear Friends,

As some of you will know Bishop Steven has been seeking to lead the Diocese towards being a more Christ-like Church. +Steven is encouraging us all to be more Contemplative, Compassionate and Courageous. The overall process is called "Towards a Common Vision". Various events and material are being produced to help us grow towards being and acting as a more Christ-like Church. You can explore the Diocesan website to find out more at www.oxford.anglican.org

As well as the Diocese Common Vision we are also encouraged to explore a national church initiative called "Setting God's People Free" www.churchofengland.org/SGPF

Setting God's People Free is all about encouraging and supporting all members of our church to be fully committed disciples of Christ. Setting God's People Free (SGPF) is a programme of change to enable the whole people of God to live out the Good News of Jesus confidently in all of life, Sunday to Saturday. One way our Diocese is helping us to do this is by encouraging us all, lay and ordained, to have a Personal Discipleship Plan; this helps us in a simple way to take stock of our faith commitment and to seek ways to deepen and strengthen our faith and action as Christians. If anyone would like to think about having a Discipleship Plan please call or email and I would be very happy to explain how it works. A few of our congregation are already exploring this and you will hear more about it in the days ahead.

If we want to see the Church grow and be renewed we need to start with ourselves. This does not mean we all have to be Ordained! There are so many ways to exercise ministry from small, low profile things, leading to more visible ministries and the Church of England is making it easier for us to explore what
our ministry might be.

It is wonderful to be in a church like St Michael's that has life, commitment and a great spirit of working together. To set everyone free to be what God has called them to be is my vision and hope, please pray and explore who we might, together, move this forward.

Ainsley Swift

Lest we forget November 1918 Jim Tucker

The thin boy with his mother
In the corner waiting, waiting
For news of the boy’s father
Waiting, waiting
Hours and hours to hear the next sorrow.

The thin boy hears that
His father is dead
He tells his mother, and the tears
Are shed like blood
Coming out of a man wounded
And suffering.

This is the final episode in a series that began four years ago last August. As we remember the last few of our local casualties from the Great War, I have again chosen children’s poems to mark our commemoration.

Henry Oliver Boult of the Royal Garrison Artillery was 26 when he lost his life on the Western Front on 3 November 1918. Henry was a Holyport man, but after his marriage lived in Holmer Green near Amersham. His grave in Don Communal Cemetery, Anneoullin, Northern France, bears the inscription “Gone but not Forgotten”. His name is remembered throughout the parish; on the three village memorials, on the church triptych, and in the Touchen End Roll of Honour.

The same cemetery is the last resting place of 33 year-old George Ward. He was in the Machine Gun Corps and was killed on 10 November, the day before the Armistice was signed. Originally from the parish, George lived with his wife in Clewer Hill. His name appears on the Bray village memorial.
Our last two casualties both died some time after the cessation of hostilities, their locations suggesting they may have been nursed in local hospitals. It was in Italy that Harry Blay died on 30 April 1919. He was 23, from Braywood, and had been serving with the Royal Army Service Corps. He is buried in Taranto Town Cemetery Extension, with the inscription on his headstone “Thy Will Be Done.” We remember Harry on the triptych, the Bray and Holyport memorials, and in the Touchen End Roll of Honour.

We turn once more to Mesopotamia – modern-day Iraq – for our last name, from a long list that we must never allow to be forgotten. John Sargent was in 1st Battalion of the Royal Berkshire Regiment, which had reformed in 1919 and served in North Persia amid conflict between Bolsheviks and Cossacks. By 1921 the battalion had withdrawn to Baghdad, where John died on 10 July. He is buried in Baghdad (North Gate) Cemetery. It hasn’t been possible to find any further information about him, but his name on the Braywood village memorial.

It has been my privilege over these years to give readers something of the stories behind the more than 90 names we proudly commemorate. Sadly, there are a handful of whom no records could be found. The last word goes to another 9 year-old.

War is planted in a man’s mind
War is sacrifices of a different kind
War is tears in a family’s eyed
War is millions of people who die.
War is soldiers lying there dead
War is blood pouring from their head
Poppies drifting down from the sky
Tears dripping from our eye.

The Editor and the British Legion thank Jim Tucker for having produced these aticles month by month for both the Magazine and the British Legion.

St Michael’s Bellringers

On 11th November bellringers across the country will be marking the end of the First World War. Bray ringers will be doing the same, with half-muffled ringing for the 10.45 a.m. service and open (i.e. not muffled) ringing at 4.30 p.m.

Our Visit to Normandy 17 - 21 September

It was a bright and early start for our four day tour to Normandy. Everybody arrived punctually and we were well on our way by our appointed time. It was a remarkably easy journey to the Shuttle terminal at Folkestone and we arrived in good time for our train enabling us to sample the breakfast fare. (I’d certainly recommend the breakfast roll at Le Gare!!)   Once in France we made our way directly to our hotel in Liseux. Unusually, we were able to park right outside the hotel in the street. After an excellent dinner, we prepared ourselves for the following day’s activities.

The next day, after having tweaked our itinerary with our excellent driver, Martin, we boarded our coach for the Chateau de Vendeuvre and gardens, the home of the Count and Countess de Vendeuvre. Our group booking meant that we had a private tour guided by the son of the house. This is a lovely property and contains an amazing collection of miniature furniture and automatons. After touring the house we wandered around the lovely garden which held many surprises, especially the aptly named surprise water garden! After coffee we made our way back to the coach, which was parked outside the grounds, unfortunately as the chateau was not officially open the gates were locked shut. This was the first (and probably the last) time that I have ever knocked on the front door of a chateau asking to be let out!

Once back in Liseux, we had free time. Martin drove those who wanted to go to the Basilica Saint Therese, a very imposing building on a hill, dedicated to Saint Therese of Liseux, who lived for only twenty four years dying of tuberculosis at the end of the nineteenth century. Pope St Pius X called her the’ greatest saint of modern times.’ The basilica can accommodate four thousand people and is the second busiest place of pilgrimage in France. Some of us also took the opportunity to look around the town.

Wednesday, was again another bright and sunny day as we travelled to the ‘D Day’ landing sites along the coast. First stop was the famous Pegasus Bridge near the village of Benouville.  The bridge over the Caen canal along with one nearby over the river Orne were vital targets to be captured intact to ensure that allied troops landing on the beaches nearby could break out and make their way inland. The operation was successful although the first casualties of D day were sustained here. I think most of us visited Cafe Gondree , at the end of the bridge which has the distinction of being the first house liberated by the allies on ‘D Day’. The nearby museum was a must visit, this gave an insight into the battle for the bridge and has many mementoes and relics of the engagement, both inside and outside including a Horsa glider which conveyed many of the troops to the bridge and the original bridge, which was replaced in 1994. The old bridge was sold to the museum for the vast sum of 1 franc!

After leaving the bridge area we went to Arromanche, which is famous for still having the remains of a Mulberry harbour on its beach and out at sea. The man made harbours were floated across the Channel enabling vehicles, armaments and men to be quickly off loaded from ships. This was also a great place for a lunch stop. The museum nearby was well worth a visit and contained some excellent models showing just how the harbour was constructed and how it worked.  We journeyed along the coast on our return journey to our hotel.

Thursday was our day to return, but having altered our plans somewhat we visited Honfleur on the way. Honfleur is a beautiful harbour, popular with artists over the years because of its pure light. As well as stopping for lunch or coffee, our group wandered around the town and harbour. The harbour really is beautiful surrounded by many cafes and restaurants. The ‘old town’ was also a popular place to visit with its old shop fronts and churches. We reboarded our coach  and made our way back to the Shuttle. Although our train was delayed by half an hour we still had a good journey home, even negotiating a trouble free M25, which has to be a bonus. Everybody seemed to enjoy our Normandy adventure.

Macmillan Ploughman’s Lunch Ken Amery

A big thank you to everybody who supported our Ploughman’s Lunch in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
So many people made donations but were unable to come to the lunch as well as those that were able to attend.  We raised an amazing £743.70. with Gift Aid this means that we raised just under £840.

As ever a big, big thank you to the team - Roy and Val Queen and who all worked extremely hard to ensure that the event went well and, of course, all those people who gave so generously. Everybody agreed that it was not only a great fund raiser but also a great social event. It was nice to see so many people attend who were not members of our congregation.

Meetings and Events for November

Womens’s Institutes

Thursday, 8th November at 7.45 p.m. in Holyport Memorial Hall.

Moneyrow Green
Monday, 26th November at 2.00 p.m. in Holyport Memorial Hall.

Music at Bray
Sunday, 11th November at 3.00 p.m.

Robert Opoku
St Michael's Organ Scholar

Unless stated otherwise admission to the afternoon concerts is free - retiring collection
Tea is served in St Michael’s Hall after the concerts.

Maidenhead Heritage Centre
Lest we Forget - until 11th November.

Mobile Library

Monday, 12th November
Holyport Lodge 11.00 a.m. - 12.15 p.m.
Wednesday, 14th November
Hanover Mead and Jesus Hospital 11 a.m. - 11.30 a.m.
Thursday, 8th and 29th November
Brayfield Road 2.40 - 3.00 p.m.
Walker Road 3.10 - 3.40  p.m.