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

Tel: 01628 629538
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From the Registers
07 May
07 May
07 May
Anna Maria Marrero-Eason
Regon David Horwood
James Daniel Hayward
Marriage Blessing
29 April
Clare Blaxland and Oliver Beardwood
18 April
24 April
10 May
Harry Edward Aspey
Sheila June Noakes
Holly Elizabeth Gudger
aged 75 years
aged 83 years
aged 44 years

June 2017
Breaking News
The Vicar Writes
Holyport W.I.
From The Bray Magazine, June 1917
County Calendar - June
Open Gardens
Meetings and Events
Kelmscott Manor and Buscot Park
Summer Teas


Dear Friends,

The Festival of Pentecost, Whitsun, is sometimes called the birthday of the church.  You will recall that fifty days after the first Easter, the followers of Jesus found themselves enabled to preach the good news openly to all. These very people had been frightened and uncertain following the arrest, trial and murder of their leader.  They hid themselves away in locked rooms.

But now, on the Jewish Festival of Pentecost, when Jerusalem would have been crowded with pilgrims, these same individuals were transformed into bold preachers.  St Luke tells us in ‘The Acts of the Apostles’ that as a result of their sharing of the good news, about three thousand converts joined them.  They were united not by race or language, not by social status, age or gender, but simply by the fact that they believed in Jesus and wanted to follow him.

Rapid Growth
In just twenty or thirty years’ time after that, the Christian faith had spread from Jerusalem into modern day Turkey, Greece and as far as Rome itself, the capital of the Empire.
The faith would continue to spread all over the world and grow in numbers so that today there are some 2 billion Christians, about a third of the world’s population.

But it all began at Pentecost in Jerusalem on that day when the Holy Spirit came in power and truth.  That is why Pentecost can be called the birthday of the church.  It was when the church was born.
Different in some ways
Of course the church of the apostles would have been quite different in many ways from what we think of church nowadays.  For the first 200 years the church had no buildings of its own.  Gatherings of Christians took place in houses, which probably meant they were not more than 20 or 30 strong. There were no service books, no PCCs, no vicars, archdeacons or bishops to begin with.  No denominations, none of the paraphernalia of an institution.  No, simply a group of people who wanted to follow Jesus.

For it is not the church which is important in itself, but what it is there for.  The church is merely those people who want to try to follow Jesus and to worship the God who is revealed in him.

He is the transforming presence at the heart of the church and in countless lives.  He inspires still.  He is the best that humankind has ever been and the joy of our desiring.

The comedian Spike Milligan, shortly before he died wrote a foreword for a book called ‘The Good God Guide.’ In it he said:

‘As a lad I was very religious, much moved by the life and death of Jesus.  I prayed to him every night and went to mass every Sunday.  Now I’m ancient and don’t go to church any more (the conscience still twitches a bit as result) but I’m basically a Jesus man, still.’

A Jesus man or a Jesus woman is about as good a goal as we can aim for in this life.  Jesus told us that he came that we might have life and have it abundantly and he offers us that abundant life still.

Love and prayers,



The President opened the Resolution meeting by presenting one of our new members Annette T with her new members pack. Apologies were given for those who had been unable to attend the meeting.

Wendy asked the members if they were happy with the new table arrangement in the hall, some members had complained at the last meeting that they were unable to hear at the back of the hall.

Everyone agreed that it was a better arrangement, and that they could hear more clearly.

Penny and Shan were called upon to give everyone an update on outings. Penny said, Windsor Great Park were organising a trip to Greys Court and had invited any of our institute to join them, if they were interested. The county federation had plans for a trip to Buckingham Palace, and another to the Houses of Parliament sometime later this year. Shan asked everyone to look at the programmes for Windsor Theatre and the Kenton Theatre and then we could arrange a trip to one of them, if we had enough members interested.

Wendy thanked Pam and Janet for organising the latest walk around Ascot heath which was followed by a coffee shop stop. Everybody had enjoyed the walk and said it had been very interesting to view the stands and the Royal enclosure from inside the racecourse. Janet announced the next walk to Inkydown Wood, Bisham. Everyone going arranged to meet at the Golden Ball Public House, Pinkeys Green.

Wendy requested the members to provide cakes and help on the stall at the annual Holyport Fair in June .A book was circulated for all to enter their contributions.

The planned Garden Party in August was discussed, it will be £5 entry fee plus a raffle prize. Raffle tickets will be £1. Copies of a knitting pattern for bed shawls and knee blankets for elderly patients in hospital were available from the Presidents table. The break for refreshments followed, then Wendy asked Diane to take center stage and talk through this years resolutions. This year resolutions included. 1. Plastic soup: Keep microplastic fibres out of our oceans, and 2. Alleviating loneliness.

Microplastic fibres are shed from synthetic clothing with every wash and are the main contributors to the contamination of the oceans .The NFWI calls on the government and industry to research and develop solutions to put a stop to the accumulations of microfibres in our oceans.

Also at the meeting Diane read out the second resolution, Alleviating loneliness, this meeting calls on every W.I. and the NFWI to work alongside health and social care providers and their local community to raise awareness of the causes and impact of loneliness, thus ensuring better identification of lonely people, in order to be able to offer them assistance and support. A lively discussion followed these resolutions, and everyone voted in favour of both, with one person abstaining on the second resolution. Our delegate will present our vote to the NFWI AGM in Liverpool this year.


Rogation Days
Services for the Blessing of the Crops were held during Rogationtide at two different centres in the Parish.  On the Tuesday at 8 p.m. a large number of people gathered in the Moneyrow Green Allotments, where, at a convenient corner under the shelter of a shed, hymns were sung and a Litany said among the growing crops.  The Secretary of the Allotments’ Committee had very kindly taken considerable pains to let the Allotment holders know the Vicar’s intention and to invite them to be present.  On the following day a similar gathering was held just outside the Allotments at Bray, at which the Choir of the Parish Church in their cassocks and surplices led the singing.  In spite of the cold eastely wind a goodly number of people, representing every class of the community, collected round the processional cross and joined earnestly in the hymns and prayers.  These simple and direct appeals to God’s Fatherly providence have had a special significance this year when our needs have been felt to be specially great, and few who were present on these two occasions can have failed to see in the welcome rain that followed so soon an answer to their prayers.  Perhaps they will be thus helped to believe that no prayer goes unanswered, even though the answer may come in other form than that desired.


Today was hot and sunny, very hot, and so we began to pull the hay up out of the swath where it had almost grown in during the past wet week.  It was damaged, but not absolutely spoilt.  Still, it was in such a state that even the most modern swath turner and side-rake could not make much of a job.  Still, we got one field ready for carrying next day.  But it was hard work, both for machines, men, and horses.

It occurs to me that one effect of the increased use of mechanical transport on a farm is that the few remaining horses have become of less value per horse than they were years ago.  The trouble is that the odd horse or two which one now keeps do not do much if any regular hard work like ploughing, and in consequence they cannot do a decent day’s work on the rare occasions when circumstances demand it. 
Or perhaps it is that few farmers nowadays take any pride in keeping good young horses;  or again that one only wants some real work from the horse when the weather is hot and the days are long.

Country Calendar by A.G. S



Tickets  £5 on the day from the Holyport shopping parade.

Please call 01628 636891 if you could help or open your garden for viewing

For more information please call Pauline on 01628 636891 or visit the website




Thursday, 8th June at 7.45 p.m. in Holyport Memorial Hall.
Speaker:  Steve Roberts -’Tales of a Scotland Yard Detective’

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

Music At Bray
Sunday June 11th at 3.00 p.m.

Talented young singers, Bethany Kallan Remfry (soprano) and James Corrigan (baritone)
present a programme of operatic favourites

Admission to the afternoon concert is free - retiring  collection
Tea is served in St Michael’s Hall after the concert

Maidenhead Heritage Centre
18 Park Street, Maidenhead.
Exhibition 3rd May - 30th September - Maidenhead in the 1950s.

22nd June
The Willows 11.50 - 12.35 p.m.
Brayfield Road 2.40 - 3.00 p.m.
Walker Road 3.10 p.m. - 3.40 p.m.
17th and 28th June
Hanover Mead and Jesus Hospital 11.00 - 11.30 a.m.