September 2003

A hard copy of the Parish Link is delivered (free) to all houses in the Parishes of Bunbury and Tilstone Fearnall. This on-line version contains most of the articles.

Vicar's letter / Harvest Thanksgiving / Calveley Church / From Registers / Your Church Magazine / Pau to Bayonne
Baked Beans / Baked Bean Cake / Panda Goes by the Book / Did you know? / Notices / Nature Notes


Thanking and Thinking

September has something about it like the start of a new year. It is the start of a new year for schoolchildren and students, as the long holiday comes to an end and the achievements of the past year have been weighed and assimilated. Now there is the chance of a fresh start, with some new aims.

September in our churches is, more than anything else, the Harvest Festival month, when farmers, and all of us, give thanks for the gathering in of the year’s crops - a time of assessing and celebrating, before turning to plans and preparations for the next year’s work.

In a rural area like our Parish, we are always aware of the work of the farms all around us and are conscious of the impor- tance of farming to the country’s - and the local - economy. That’s why our churches are so splendidly decorated at Harvest Festival time and why there are always large congregations at the special Harvest Thanks- giving services. We give thanks for the har- vest, and we also give thanks for the work of the farmers on whom we all depend.

Out of our surplus, we are able to give (but how generously do we? ) both to the needy close to us and also to those whose harvests have failed because of drought or flood or poverty. For, while we are lucky to live in such a fertile farming area, a majority of the world’s inhabitants experience very different living conditions from ours.

Recently, walking through Chester, pop- ping into all the charity shops in the vain hope of finding a second-hand kilt, I sud- denly came instead across a pile of spec- tacles - plastic pink ones, tortoise-shell brown, springy metal arms and unseeing lenses. (I’d missed the sign that said, “We need your spectacles.”)

The last time I saw a pile of glasses like that was when I watched the film “Schind- ler’s List” - that awful scene of young and old being led out to slaughter, leaving every- thing behind, even their glasses. Those who have to wear glasses know how vulnerable they feel when for some reason they are suddenly without them.

The Oxfam workers know how difficult life is for the partially blind or weak-sighted in many parts of the world who simply can- not afford to buy the spectacles that would enable them to see, to read and to work. That pile of spectacles in the Oxfam shop was reaped from a surplus in our rich world, a harvest that would bring sight to the needy of another country, another world. All because kind and generous people realised the need and, instead of throwing their old spectacles in the bin, gave unconditionally. It seems bizarrely simple! They thought, i.e. took time to think, and chose what to do.

We all have to make hundreds of choices every day, most of them about minor mat- ters like what to have for dinner or what shirt to wear, things which may seem to affect only ourselves. We need the wisdom and love of God to help us to think and to choose well, so that not only our harvest plenty but also our daily actions and eco- nomies may be used to help, and to improve the lives of, those less well off than our- selves.

As with the students and the farmers, this is a good time for us - you and me - to take stock and to plan for better thanking, thinking and acting in the coming year.

Then next September’s Harvest Festival will be even more amazing than this one!


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Harvest Thanksgiving Service

The Harvest Thanksgiving Service at St. Boniface will this year be on Sunday, the 28th of September.

Following comments after last year’s Harvest Festival on the lack of garden flowers and produce (only one lady brought apples), the Flowers Committee appeals for gifts of flowers, foliage and produce to be brought to Church on Saturday morning, the 27th, September, from 9.30 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. It would be appreciated if the flowers and foliage had already had a good soak.

The Harvest decorating this year will actually be started on Wednesday, the 24th, September, so that the church will be deco- rated for the weddings that are taking place around that weekend and, particularly, for the school Harvest Thanksgiving Service to be held on Friday, the 26th. The decorating will then be completed, especially by adding your contributions, on the Saturday morning, ready for Sunday’s main Service.

We realise that the schoolchildren and parents give generously for their Service, but surely in this country parish there are others with flowers or produce to give, first to decorate our lovely old Church and after- wards to be distributed where needed.

We are so fortunate and blessed to live in this beautiful area. This is the Thanksgiving Service when we can show our appreciation and give thanks in a small way to our Creator.

On behalf of Margaret Bourne and the Flowers Committee,


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Calveley Church

Those who have got eagle eyes will have noticed that Holy Communion is in fact the first week of this month and not the third as usual. However, it will still start at 11 a.m.

At our Holy Communion service in July we were reminded about the necessity of putting time aside especially for a retreat, for instance at the Retreat House in Chester.

We were informed that when the religious Anglican Order of Sisters said they were leaving, the Management decided in faith to carry on and appointed new staff.

They also updated the facilities by putting in washbasins in the bedrooms and renewing the windows, too.

When it came to the end of the financial year, they found that they had roughly the same amount in the ‘kitty’ as they had had to start with, despite doing all the extra work.

It needs to be pointed out that the fees they charge are very reasonable, e.g. £67 full board for a weekend; however, it is also possible just to go for part of a day. For details visit or call Valerie Fisher, the Warden, on 01244 321 801.

Plans are now being made to install a lift to help the disabled.

On the 3rd, August, we were reminded about the importance of obedience when we heard again the story of the Wedding in Cana and Mary telling the servants, “Do whatever he (Jesus) tells you to do.”

Our last service of this month will be Family Worship on the 21st, September at 11 a.m.

The two following weekends promise to be really busy! See the notices on the Noticeboard page and book the dates now in your diary.


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From the Registers

St. Boniface    
  27th, July Charles Brodie Lukeman
  3rd, August Abigail Rae Johnson
  10th, August Annabelle Louise Kinson
  17th, August Oliver Jacob White
  19th, July George Hancock and Alison Capewell
  19th, July Lee Thomas Dunning and Karen Lalley
  3rd, August Guy Henry Shapland and Karen Lisa Hindley
  9th, August Jason Gerald Williams and Lynda Jane Galley
St Jude    
Baptism 20th, July Evee Olivia Worth
  4th, August Anne Frances Owen of Tarporley (83)


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Your Church Magazine

Jobs vacant:
Advertising manager
Adviser on Design and Layout
Deliverer(s), Bunbury Lane, Bunbury
Deliverer, School Lane, Bunbury, lower end
Distribution manager

It is about four years ago that the Bunbury Parish Church Council passed its resolution that the ‘Parish Link’ should be delivered, free of charge, to every household in the Parish.

This was a big undertaking by all the members of the Bunbury P.C.C. of that time, involving initially a house-count of every area and finding a large team of volunteers willing to undertake a monthly delivery.

But it was done! - With one or two ex- ceptions that we have never been able to fill. Ridley, for instance, has never been covered.

Neither have Tilstone Fearnall, Alpraham and Tiverton, who voted, through St. Jude’s P.C.C., not to have the ‘Link’ delivered free to everyone but to follow the previous sys- tem under which those who wished to take the magazine would order it and pay for it.

For would-be readers from all areas not covered, there are always spare magazines available in our churches.

Not only does the magazine have to be distributed: it has to be produced in the first place! A great deal is owed to those who regularly send in news items about events in our churches, write articles, pro- vide poems or photographs or humorous by-lines, and keep us up to date on Parish records and on the calendar of services and the ‘On Duty’ lists. You can imagine and will appreciate the co-operative effort that goes on behind the scenes into our magazine, month by month.

We can never, however, take people’s skills and willingness for granted. As life moves on, there are always those who are no longer able to keep up the contribution they have made, and have to stand down.

We are unfortunate to have lost or to be losing two hard-working individuals who have done much to ensure the smooth running and success of the ‘Parish Link’.

Pressure of work and family responsibilities have meant that Andrew Dean has regret- fully had to give up as the man in charge of advertising in the ‘Link’. He has also found it difficult lately to cover his delivery area in School Lane and to send out the posted copies. Yes, Andrew has been doing all this!

After four years, it is time someone else stepped forward and gave Andrew his well deserved break. Anyone willing to have a go? (You don’t have to be a member of the P.C.C. of either of our churches!)

And how are we going to replace Liz Whitelegg, such a willing worker, in many quiet ways, for St. Boniface Church, and now about to move into a new field? Just one of the jobs she has undertaken has been the organisation of the magazine distribution.

Without her regular efficient handling, your magazine might never have reached you by the beginning of each month.

THANK YOU, Liz and Andrew, for jobs well done.

If, reading this, you feel you could take over one of these ‘vacancies’ for a year or so, please let Rick know or get in touch with Jean Healey. We shall be glad to hear from you.

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Pau to Bayonne - 200kms

It was a special Tour de France this year, marking 100 years since the first time the event took place, in 1903. The route has often been changed or revised, but for this occasion the organisers chose a route close to the original of 100 years ago.

On the 16th, July, when the official teams were resting, Canon John Bowers did his sponsored ride. He describes the scene: “Hundreds of police securing every inter- section for 200 kms of closed roads through the Pyrenees from Pau to Bayonne. Specta- tors thronging the route - seven days before the Tour de France would pass that same way. Now it is my turn, together with 8,500 cyclists from all over Europe, to experience the fantastic atmosphere of the Tour, the magnificent scenery of the incredible moun- tain climbs in blazing sunshine and the agony of pumping hearts and lungs energising every muscle in drained legs . . . .”

It was one of the hardest things he had ever done in his life, Canon Bowers admitted - but he did it! (We all knew he would.)

There was a surreal moment when one of the 8,500 cyclists from all over Europe drew alongside and said, “Is it Canon John?” This was Richard Munro, from School Lane in Bunbury!

Fortunately, our cycling Canon did not fall off his bike in surprise but managed to ride on and to complete the course, enabling those churches who had sponsored him to raise substantial sums for their funds or their charities and Canon John himself to raise at least £1,700 for World Vision to use in Ethiopia.

Money is still coming in - it has been slow in the collecting through August when so many people are away. We hope to have the totals raised by St. Jude’s and Calveley in our next magazine and possibly by then Canon Bowers will have some idea of the total raised over all.

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Baked Beans and Things

It’s the beginning of autumn and it’s time for Harvest Festival services in churches and schools. It’s a very important “Thankyou” time for farmers and people who work on the land - for gardening people, too.

There are lots of offerings to take to Church, from corn and apples and potatoes to cheese and eggs and blackberries and flowers. These are perhaps all things that we have grown or gathered ourselves, and we bring the best samples to say Thankyou and to give them for God’s use.

Very few people now actually work on the land. Most people don’t grow any of their own food any more: they buy everything from the shops or the supermarket. There are even stories that children who live in towns are amazed when they hear that milk comes from cows: they thought it was something made in a factory and put into cardboard cartons!

When mothers go shopping, they are able to buy foods that have come from all over the world - butter from New Zealand,

oranges from Israel, apples and pears from South Africa, tea from India . . . . Shopping is like gathering in the harvest from all the world!

So some of the harvest gifts taken to church will not be things we have grown our- selves, but tins and packets of all sorts of different foods that we have gathered on shopping expeditions. Packets of tea, jars of jam, tins of baked beans - even cartons of milk!

When the Harvest Thanksgiving Service is over, all the offerings from our gardens and farms and store-cupboards will be given to poor, sick or elderly people or will be sold to raise money for those in other places who go hungry.

The sheaf of corn and the tin of baked beans, side by side, are equally symbols of God’s love and care for us all.

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Baked Bean Cake

(Well, it’s not really made of baked beans, but it looks like it.)

You will need:
100g. margarine
100g. toffee (broken into pieces)
100g. pink and white marshmallows
100g. Rice Krispies

Put the margarine, toffee and marsh- mallows into a large saucepan and stir over a gentle heat until everything is melted together. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the Rice Krispies.
Press the mixture into a greased swiss roll tin and leave it to set in a cool place.
Cut it into squares when cold.

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Panda Goes by the Book

A panda walked into a restaurant and ordered a huge meal. He ate it with obvious enjoyment and then called a waiter.

The waiter came, thinking the panda wanted to pay, but the panda pulled out a gun and shot him, then got up and walked out of the restaurant.

The horrified manager ran after the panda, shouting, “What do you think you are doing? You can’t just walk into my restaurant, eat a meal, shoot one of my waiters and then leave!”

“Oh yes I can,” said the panda. “In fact, I have to. I can’t help it. That’s what pandas do.”

“What do you mean?” said the manager.

“It’s the way I’m made,” said the panda. “Look it up and see for yourself.” And he walked off.

The manager went back, utterly confused. Look it up? he thought to himself. Look what up? Where?

He looked in the only place he could think of - the largedictionary.

And there he found the explanation:

Panda: Asian mammal that eats shoots and leaves.

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Did you know?

that HAGIOLOGY is not about witches but is the history and study of saints and holy people?

Nearly every calling has its own saint, even television! St. Clare (who lived way before television was imagined - she was born in 1194 and died in 1253) is regarded as the Patron Saint of television.

Pope Pius XII picked her for the following reason: as an aging nun at Christmas in the year 1252, she was too ill to attend church some miles away, yet she had a vision which enabled her to see the whole service in detail.

St. Monday was a fictitious saint invented by workmen who didn’t feel like going to work after the weekend and so observed a ‘saint’s day’. Another imaginary saint is St. Geoffrey. To say, “I’ll pay you on St. Geoffrey’s Day” was to say that there would be no payment since there is no such saint.

Mary is the commonest name for a saint. Even some male saints have had the name!

SPECIAL SAINTS’ DAYS were printed in red on calendars used by the Church. That’s why we call a special day a ‘Red Letter Day’.

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Tilstone Fearnall
every Monday, 7.30 - 9.30 p.m.
£2.50 per person

from 12.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
(In an emergency, ring the usual number)


-In aid of St. Luke’s Hospice-
used postage stamps
Thank you P.J.

Tilstone Fearnall,
Contact the Church Secretary,
Mrs. Carolyn Johnson (01829 260703)

Margaret Oldman and Penny Lane
remind you that
is available for the disposal of all
woody waste
(See your Home Composting newsletter
for details)
Please note: the Bunbury GreenWatch
‘ Woody Materials’ container
is for
WOODY green waste ONLY
(Please do not put any other garden waste in it)

Calveley Church Harvest Festival
with choir
will be at 6.30 p.m.
on Sunday, 5th, October.
All welcome


Saturday, 27th, September
Tilstone Fearnall Church Hall
Admission: £8
Tickets may be obtained from
Ann Latham 260488
or John Posnett 260251

Coffee Morning
Goodwill Hall, Faddiley
Friday, 26th, September,
10.00 a.m. - 12 noon
Cakes Plants Crafts etc.

A Musical Evening
The Salvation Army
Saturday, 27th, September, 2003
7.30 p.m. at the Church

Tickets £6 including Supper

Great Entertainment!
Bring all your Friends!
Tickets available from Sue Woodward
01270 528071

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Nature Notes

Some weeks ago I attended a lecture in Peckforton Village Hall about bats. They are intriguing creatures as they fly as expertly as birds do but have the face and body of a beast. Their nightmare appearance and uncanny haunts, such as churchyard towers, dark caves and hollow trees, even their abnormal manner of roosting upside down shrouded in their wings, all give them a sinister reputation.

“As blind as a bat” is a familiar saying, though without foundation. The bat does possess eyes but these are of little use and simply allow it to distinguish between dark and light. The bat possesses a kind of ultrasonic equipment: it sends out short wavelength squeaks or pulses, the reflected echoes from which bounce back and are picked up by their ears. These echoes provide information about the nature and position of surrounding objects, which enables the bat not only to avoid colliding with other bats or objects but also to hunt moths, beetles, flies and midges so deftly.

There are 16-17 species of bat in Britain, but only 9 species have been recorded in Cheshire. The bats we saw in Peckforton were the pipistrelles, which are the smallest of all the bats and are insect-eating.

Robin Redbreast

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