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So Olive Patten is 101. Many of us will have happy recollections of her centenary birthday party last year. Thinking about her birthday at 101 prompted me to wonder about what it must have been like to grow up just after the 1st World War. Just think back to your own childhood. Alright so some of you may need a very good memory, but try anyway to think about when you were say, 5 years old. What was life like for you then?

A survey in 1924 when Olive was 5 years old showed that 4% of the population was living in extreme poverty. (A tremendous improvement from the period before 1914 when it was about 10%). Milky Way chocolate bars had just been brought in. It would be another 4 years before Penicillin would be available.
On 23 April 1924 King George V opened the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley by announcing: ‘I declare this Exhibition open’. The House of Commons started to discuss the possibility of commercial night flying, including carrying mail. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote a story “Southern Mail” based on carrying mail by air at night. Here using his own experience he describes the pilot: “The pilot climbs into his togs. Several sweaters, a scarf, a leather flying suit, fur-lined boots”. He takes with him an altimeter, a watch and a map-holder. His fingers are numb inside thick gloves. It’s 5.30 am and the flight is from Toulouse to Dakar, North Africa.
That’s what life was like was like when Olive was 5.
It will be interesting to reflect on our experiences of COVID19 in the years to come; to look at the changes that have taken place and at what has now become possible. Memories of our recent sufferings are very vivid. We’ve been through a frightening experience over the past three months and the threat is not over. Possibly in twelve months time we will be checking to make sure that we’ve had our COVID-19 jab which will then become an annual event.
How important will it be then to us that all places of worship were locked and what we did when we opened them for public worship. We can look at Christianity not over 101 years but over 2,000 years of and see countless key points in our relationship with God. Doing that provides us with a better understanding of God.
Look at the impact of St Paul, St Benedict, the Wesleys of the 18th Century, CS Lewis’ writings of the 1940s, John Robinson’s “Honest to God” (1963) and Billy Graham’s evangelical crusades. These are just a few happenings out of thousands that have changed the nature of our relationship with God. That relationship is always on the move because it is a relationship with a “living” God. It is like a river cutting a new course through a dry land. It’s exciting. It’s challenging. It’s disturbing. But above all though let’s never forget God’s sense of humour.
Remember this: “Do not take life too seriously; you will never get out of it alive.” (Elbert Hubbard) Eric



'Tell me the one about the virus again, then I'll go to bed.
'But my boy, you're growing weary, sleepy thoughts about your head.
'Please! That one's my favourite. I promise just once more.
'Okay, snuggle down my boy, though I know you know full well
The story starts before then, in a world I once dwelled
'It was a world of waste and wonder, of poverty and plenty
Back before we understood why hindsight's 2020
'You see the people came up with companies to trade across all lands.
But they swelled and got bigger than we could ever have planned
'We'd always had our wants, but now it got so quick.
You could have everything you dreamed of in a day and with a click.
'We noticed families had stopped talking. That's not to say they never spoke.
But the meaning must have melted and the work life balance broke.
'And the children's eyes got squarer and every toddler had a phone.
They filtered out the imperfections but amidst the noise, they felt alone.
And every day the sky grew thicker, til we couldn't see the stars.
So we flew in planes to find them while down below we filled our cars.
'We'd drive around all day in circles. We'd forgotten how to run.
We swapped the grass for tarmarc, shrunk the parks till there were none
'We filled the sea with plastic cause our waste was never capped.
Until each day when you went fishing, you'd pull them out already wrapped.
It's best to not upset the lobbies, more convenient to die.
'But then in 2020, a new virus came our way.
The government reacted and told us all to hide away. '
But while we were all hidden, amidst the fear and all the while,
The people dusted off their instincts, they remembered how to smile.
'They started clapping to say thank you, and calling up their mums.
'And while the cars keys were gathering dust, they would look forward to their runs.
'And with the sky less full of planes, the earth began to breathe
And the beaches brought new wildlife that scattered off into the seas.
'Some people started dancing, some were singing, some were baking
We'd grown so used to bad news but some good news was in the making.
'And so when we found the cure and were allowed to go outside,
We all preferred the world we found to the one we'd left behind.
'Old habits became extinct, and they made way for the new.
And every simple act of kindness was now given its due.
'But why did it take a virus to bring the people back together?'
Well, sometimes, you got to get sick, my boy, before you start feeling better.
'Now lie down, and dream of tomorrow, and all the things that we can do
And who knows, maybe if you dream strong enough, make some of them will come true.

'We now call it the Great Realisation, and yes, since then there have been many. 'But that's the story of how it started, and why hindsight's 2020.'



Comment from a newspaper This relaxation of restrictions is at best, a load of nonsense, and at worst, a severe threat to anyone who has underlying health issues - Covid 19 kills! They seem to concentrate on reporting the number of deaths every day, and I concede that is coming down. But the more important measure is the number of new infections every day, and that is still hovering around 1000. That's 7 thousand new infections per week, or 28,000 per month, and that's just the ones we know about.

I'm preparing for a new outbreak just like SAGE advised us in their last briefing - they were extremely guarded in that announcement. And opening up all these unnecessary social venues like: pubs, cinemas, restaurants, could be asking for trouble - I don't trust all of the general public to be cautious.

New Zealand had a new outbreak 8wks after they eradicated the virus from their country - ironically they let someone in from London. Wuhan had a spike, so too did S.Korea and Germany is still struggling.

I just wish Boris was more positive in his handling of the virus. - we had a late and weak lockdown and it came too late. We could've eradicated the virus by now and be back to full strength with the economy. Now we may have to live with it for months to come. Be highly cautious everybody and if you must go out, then take care of yourselves.





1-1 1/2 lbs of soft fruit( Raspberries, Strawberries, blackcurrants, blackberries etc.)

Alternatively, Morri-son's do a frozen “Fruits of the Forests” mixture .

Sugar to taste.

4-6 slices of medium sliced bread (home baked is best)

Scant 1/4 pint water,

whipped cream to serve.


Take a 2 pint pudding bowl of soufflé dish and line with crustless bread cut to fit.

Place blackcurrants and blackberries ,or the frozen fruits, and sugar to taste into a small pan with the water

Simmer gently until soft ad the other fruit as liked.

Cook for 3 more minutes.

Place the fruit into the bread -lined container reserving 2-3 oz of juice.

Cover with the remaining bread and press down firmly.

Place a saucer, which fits exactly, on the top of the basin with a heavy weight on top.

Leave overnight in the fridge.

Turn out onto a serving dish when needed and use the reserved juice to cover any parts of the bread which have remained white.

Serve with whipped cream.



1 lb strawberries,

1/4 cup of caster sugar,

1 egg white,

1/2 cup mascarpone cheese,

1 tsp vanilla essence.

Hull and slice the strawberries keeping 4 whole fruits aside.

Combine the sliced strawberries with 1 tbsp. of caster sugar in a small pan and cook for 5mins over a gentle heat until the fruit softens.

Remove from the heat and place in a bowl to cool.

Meanwhile gently whip the mascarpone and the vanilla essence in a mixing bowl.

Beat the egg white in a separate bowl until soft peaks form.

Gently whisk the remaining sugar into the egg white until it becomes thick and glossy.

Gently fold in the mascarpone with a large metal spoon, then fold in the cooled strawberry mixture. Divide between 4 sundae glasses and decorate with the reserved strawberries.

Place in the fridge until needed.



A major incident has been declared in Bournemouth after thousands of people flocked to the beach on the hottest day of the year. Sun-seekers packed the beach as temperatures soared to 32C, with officials describing the scenes as "appalling". Bournemouth Council Leader Vikki Slade said: “We are absolutely appalled at the scenes witnessed on our beaches, particularly at Bournemouth and Sandbanks, in the last 24-48 hours. "The irresponsible behaviour and actions of so many people is just shocking and our services are stretched to the absolute hilt trying to keep everyone safe. We have had no choice now but to declare a major incident and initiate an emergency response."

The scenes comes just days after Prime Minister Boris Johnson eased more lockdown measures, which will see pubs, bars and restaurants reopen from July 4. The council said declaring a 'major incident' would allow different emergency services to coordinate more together to tackle the issues. Services were left completely over-stretched as visitors arrived in large volumes resulting in widespread problems of illegal parking, excessive waste, anti-social behaviour, gridlock on roads and prohibited overnight camping, reports the Mirror.

BCP Council issued 558 parking enforcement fines – the highest on record – and responded to many reports of cars parking and causing an obstruction.



Matins Readings:

Genesis Ch 22 vs. 1-14

Romans Ch. 6 vs. 12 – end

Psalm 13


Almighty God, who hast broken the tyranny of sin and hast sent the Spirit of thy Son into our hearts, whereby we call thee Father: give us grace to dedicate our freedom to thy service, that the whole world may be brought to the glorious liberty of the children of God; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.



NOTE We are planning to have a service in church on 5th July at 11.00 am. We will be making the necessary provisions so that everyone who comes can feel safe. Those are; sanitising gel and social distancing on the path and in the church. It will be a service of Holy Communion. At the administration of the Communion you will only be offered the bread and that will take place at the bottom of the first step to the altar rail. You are free to come just for a Blessing if you prefer. Just keep your hands by your sides. You are also free to remain in your seats. The sidespeople will guide you in the church to your seat and into and out of the Chancel for Communion. We are not allowed to sing hymns. It will seem a little strange but hopefully none-the-less a service of worship offered to God. Eric will continue to record his sermons on the Website and on his facebook page. It will be very helpful if you would send Bob Steel a note by e -mail to indicate if you plan to attend. Thank you


Olive Patten (101yrs old) is now in “The Wharf Care Home”, Stourport-on-Severn. Bob Steel has sent round details of it by an e-mail so please do write to Olive.


Keith McKay is now at home with a living-in carer. You can try telephoning Keith on his landline. I suggest you do that in a morning as he is much better at that time of the day.



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