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"There must be a beginning of every great matter, but the continuing unto the end yields the true glory”. This is a quote from the London Times published on 20th November 1939. It may have originated from a letter written by Sir Francis Drake on 17th May 1587 to Sir Francis Walsingham, Secretary of State:

“There must be a begynnyng of any great matter, but the contenewing unto the end untyll it be thoroughly ffynyshed yeldes the trew glory.” There is doubt though about the origins of it on the grounds that the language is not Elizabethan. There is no doubt though about it being published in the early stages of the Second World War. Around this time Malvern College moved out to Blenheim Palace and the school became the wartime quarters of the Admiralty under its First Lord, Winston Churchill. Evacuees had begun to arrive in Malvern and firms such as Kia Ora arrived. Malvern had started to play its part in the preparations for the war, a war that was to continue for another 6 years.

We started our “Lockdown” on 23rd March 2020 and now after only six months we are getting weary of the restrictions. Wearing masks can be uncomfortable so we question the logic of wearing them. Initially we worried about the possible shortage of toilet rolls and the supermarket shelves where they were usually stacked were stripped bare but the racks for loaves of bread remained full. There were restrictions on people visiting their relatives. Grandparents couldn’t see their children and grandchildren. If we felt we were vulnerable we have stayed at home as much as possible. Suddenly there came an easing of the restrictions and our sense of release was tangible; roads around coastal towns and open countryside were filled with traffic jams. It was like opening the shop doors in Oxford Street for the January sales.

There was, and still is, tension between keeping people alive and keeping the economy alive. As a result society has become divided along very different fault lines than before and the separations are sharper. There are those who are frantically busy and others who are desperately looking for employment and ways in which to keep occupied. Many have no money to spend but then there are those who are much better off because they are not going out and spending. All of which is putting a great deal of strain on each and every one of us. None of us remains unaffected.

We have no idea how much longer we will need to accept restrictions, shortages and tensions.

It could be many months or even, as in the two World Wars, many years.

We cannot foresee when we will be able to worship together as we did before the Coronavirus appeared. But above all else in the words of a song from the First World War we need to “keep right on to the end of the road”. That song was written by Harry Lauder in memory of his son. On 28th December 1916, Harry's only son John Lauder was killed at Pozičres. He was a Captain in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

Here is a prayer used during the Second World War in the second National Day of Prayer in 1941. It uses the words of the quotation attributed to Sir Francis Drake.

Lord God, when thou givest to thy servants to endeavour any great matter, grant us also to know that it is not the beginning, but the continuing of the same, until it be thoroughly finished, that yieldeth the true glory; through him who, for the finishing of thy work, laid down his life for us, our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Our predecessors fought hard and endured much on our behalf. They kept the faith. It is now our turn.




An unusual supper dish

12oz Cooked , diced chicken
5 coxes orange pippin
4oz grated cheese,
4 tbs toasted ,white breadcrumbs,
4oz butter,
˝ pt white sauce,
Salt and black pepper

Set oven to 200°c, mark 6
Butter shallow ovenproof dish.
Peel ,core and slice 4 apples and fry gently in butter.
Arrange the chicken pieces in the bottom of the dish and place sliced apple on the top.
Make ˝pt white sauce,
mix in 3oz cheese and pour over the slices.
Mix the breadcrumbs with the remaining cheese and sprinkle over the sauce.
Cut the remaining apple into rings (cored but not peeled) and toss in remaining apple butter. Arrange neatly on the top.
Bake 20— 30 mins until crisp and golden.


An old West Country recipe

6oz sr flour,
2 eggs,
3 oz butter or marge,
1 cooking apple, cored and sliced,
3 oz sultanas,
3 oz caster sugar,
˝tsp ground cinnamon. pinch salt.
1tsp granulated sugar


Set the oven to 200°c or mark 6.
butter an 8” sponge tin.
Sieve flour and salt into a mixing bowl and rub in the fat.
Add sultanas and caster sugar mix with beaten eggs and pour into sponge tin.
Peel, core and slice the apples and arrange on top of the mixture.
Mix together granulated sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the top
Bake for 30 mins,
hot or cold with clotted cream or lashings of custard.

Prepare and bake both of these dishes together and keep the dessert warm in a cooling oven if required warm.




‘In front of Barcelona’s Arc de Triomf, 26-year-old Adrià Ballester sets up two foldaway chairs and a sign in large letters that reads: “Free conversations!” Anyone is welcome to stop, sit and chat with him in Spanish, English or Catalan about anything they like.

"The idea is just to talk freely for a while,” the 26-year-old writer and storyteller explains. “We have lost the art of conversation,” agrees a young Italian psychology student among the day’s visitors.


"We live in a world where it’s often easier to send a message to someone from another country than to say good morning to our neighbours,” says Ballester, who uses Facebook (Free Conversations Movement) and Instagram (@freeconversations) to promote his project.

He posts photos of himself and those who choose to chat along with their reflections and sometimes startling revelations. At times he feels like a therapist.

"You hear good, positive stories and really tough ones, too. A lot of people will tell you about a tricky episode in their life, maybe heartbreak or a job loss. There’s a bit of everything,” he says.

A 70-year-old Lithuanian woman even talked about the years she spent in a Russian concentration camp.

During the coronavirus crisis, Ballester took the conversation online, setting up, a site that invites users to “get a quarantine PenPal in 10 seconds”.

He plans to publish a manifesto and aims to spread his initiative to other major cities around the world. [Source: El Pais]




A Hungarian orchestra is helping deaf people to “hear” and enjoy the music of Beethoven through touch.
Budapest’s Danubia Orchestra Óbuda holds concerts for hearing-impaired people who quite literally feel the Fifth Symphony by Beethoven, who himself battled with hearing loss and wrote some of his greatest music while going deaf.
Some of the audience sit next to the musicians and place their hands on the instruments to feel the vibration. Others hold balloons that convey the vibration of the sounds. Some are given special hyper-sensitive hearing aids.
“When I sat next to the musician who played the double bass, I started crying,” says Zsuzsanna Foldi, who has been deaf all her life.



Many years ago my late mum was travelling to Bangkok for my sister’s wedding. At Heathrow airport ,while going through security, the armed guard opened her arms for my mum to do the same so that she could be patted down. Mum being so lovely thought she wanted a hug so gave her one. Luckily the guard took it well and we all still laugh about it.




Don’t wash you cotton mask each time you wear it just iron it with a hot iron, it is just as effective as a 60°c wash.




It is only when glancing back you see how far you’ve come.

If you can’t sleep don’t count sheep, talk to the shepherd.

It is only in darkness you can see stars.

We can’t put the clock back but we can always wind it up again.

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.

Smile often, think positively, give thanks, laugh loudly, love others, dream big.

Beautiful things happen when you distance yourself from negativity”

Never let your fear decide your fate”

F.E.A.R. has two meanings – forget everything and run or face everything and rise the choice is yours.”


This will be my last Corona Chronicle. I offered to continue producing it, without Eric’s contribution of course, but my offer was declined. I have enjoyed finding interesting recipes, stories, jokes etc. If you have been, thank you for reading it .Who would have thought at the onset I would be producing number 24. I hope it has helped to keep you In touch will our fragmented church family. God willing this will soon be just a memory and life will be full of fellowship and love, hugging and shaking hands. I do miss it. Keep safe and keep in touch.

God bless you all Valerie


My sister was browsing in a store when a saleswoman offered assistance. Barbara admitted she didn’t have anything particular in mind, and the pair started chatting. The woman quickly learned that she was retired. Interested, she confessed that she, too, was considering retirement. Barbara immediately started telling her how much she liked no longer working and how the saleswoman would enjoy it too. Finally, convinced by her enthusiasm, she asked, “How long have you been retired?” Barbara replied , “This is my first day.”


This weekend Eric will take his final service as Chaplain at Little Malvern Priory at 11.00 am. On this occasion only, this will be a service of Holy Communion using Common Worship and not using the Book of Common Prayer. There will be a special Order of Service and that is why there is an additional collect and the readings are different from those set in the Lectionary.




1 Peter Ch. 2 vs.1 – 11

Luke Ch 24 vs. 13 – 24, 28-32


Trinity 12

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray and to give more than either we desire or deserve: pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask but through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


Third Sunday of Easter

Almighty Father, who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples with the sight of the risen Lord: give us such knowledge of his presence with us, that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life and serve you continually in righteousness and truth; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.



Post Communion

Living God, your Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in all his redeeming work; who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.



A recording of the sermon at 11.00 am will be on the Website and on Eric’s Facebook page.




Cafe: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 3pm

Bookshop: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm


We are keeping a note of the names and contact details of people attending services. This is in case anyone contracts Coronavirus and NHS needs to track and trace people with whom they have been in contact. This information will be destroyed after 21 days.

The Revd Stephen Sealy is to be Instituted as part-time nonstipendiary Incumbent of Little Malvern Priory by the Bishop of Worcester on Sunday 6th September at 4.00pm.




Valerie and I are not moving, so e-mail and telephone numbers will remain unchanged. We have valued your friendships and support greatly and hope you will remain in contact. So although this is the last time I will write to you in the “Chronicle” as the Chaplain of Little Malvern Priory I trust we will be able to maintain our friendships. I will be continuing to provide video recordings on my Facebook page but they will no longer be connected with Little Malvern Priory


I am not retiring as a priest. I maintain there are priests in retirement but there can be no such animal as a retired priest. My ministry will continue but in a different direction.

In the same way the ministry of Little Malvern Priory will continue but in a different direction. It has been a great honour and a tremendous privilege to serve for so long as your Chaplain. We have had all sorts of adventures and while it has often been hard work it has been great fun. I have to admit that Coronavirus has been quite a challenge over the last 6 months. My final months have not been how I imagined them to be. But together we have managed.

I am sure you would like me to say “thank you” to Valerie. There have been so many ways over the years in which she has carried out her ministry. I have often been threatened “not to say anything” so my way around that has been to say “this has been provided by a member of our congregation”. When the church was closed for private prayer each week we would go to check up that it was secure. Valerie would gather together a selection of wild flowers and put them in an arrangement in the Sanctuary. They were there as “an offering to God” she’d say.

So on behalf of you all I say to her “Thank you” for all your Offerings to God.


PS I hope this gets past the Editor’s red pen!


May God in his great mercy continue to bless you all!




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