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Loddon Valley Link, Church and Parish Magazine for Sherfield on Loddon, Stratfield Saye, Hartley Wespall and Stratfield Turgis. February 2013 edition

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The Loddon Valley LinkChurch and Parish Magazinefor Sherfield-on-Loddon, Stratfield Saye and Hartley Wespall with Stratfield Turgis

February 2013

Issue 453

Services for February 2013Sunday 3rd February 10.00am Holy Communion 2nd before Lent St Leonards Sherfield


Family Service

Evensong with Holy Communion

St Marys Stratfield Saye*St Marys Hartley Wespall

Friday 4.15pm Messy Church Sherfield Park Community CentreSunday 10th February


Wednesday 11.00am Lent Holy Communion St Leonards Sunday 17th February

Morning Worship St Leonards Sherfield With Childrens Sunday Club

Next before Lent


Holy Communion with Childrens Sunday Club Family Service

St Leonards Sherfield

Lent I


Matins (BCP) with Communion by Extension St Marys Stratfield Saye*

(No Evensong)

St Marys Hartley Wespall

Wednesday 11.00am Lent Holy Communion St Leonards Sunday 24th February 8.00am Holy Communion BCP Lent 2 St Marys Hartley Wespall


Wednesday 11.00am Lent Communion Sunday 3rd March 10.00am Holy Communion

Family Service

St Leonards SherfieldSt Leonards

Wednesday 4.00pm Toddlers St Leonards


Evensong With Holy Communion

Family Service

Lent 3 St Leonards Sherfield

St Marys Stratfield Saye*St Marys Hartley Wespall

*Drive up close to the white gates, which will open automatically . Children are welcome at all our services. Services in italics are particularly geared to children and families. BCP = Book of Common Prayer.

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Dont cry, St Valentine The 14th February used to be the big opportunity for secret admirers to send a Valentines Card. It was pretty straight forward stuff when I was at school but in which direction should Cupid aim his arrows in todays society? With the Church of England saying its okay to have bishops who are in same-sex Civil Partnerships (whilst rejecting women bishops) and Mr Cameron expressing his determination to introduce same-sex marriage, its enough to confuse a saint. Thank goodness the birds and the bees still know what theyre doing. In the run up to Christmas I watched the BBC drama Last Tango in Halifax to which I gave full marks for the acting, production and script. The plot: An elderly couple, Alan (Derek Jacobi) and Celia (Anne Reid) in their twilight years, make contact via Facebook and arrange to meet. It turns out that they were in love as teenagers but lost touch because of an undelivered letter but now, as widow and widower, they fall in love again and plan to marry. In contrast to Alan and Celia the marriages and lives of their children are in tatters and the off-spring are stunned and challenged by these two elderly love birds. Just as you think the plot is moving to a happy ending Celias son-in-law has an affair and her daughter forms a lesbian relationship! Alans daughter, whose unhappy marriage was ended by her husbands suicide (do please take a break for coffee if you feel the need!), has an affair with a teenage boy and, basically, any man who is passing by. The key sentence in the play is spoken from the lips of the shocked and scandalised Celia who, temporarily estranged from her daughter, accepts her lesbian partner and says: I only want you to be happy. What a profound comment upon the age in which we are living. History, morality and scientific thinking are of little importance, what matters most is to do what makes you happy. Authenticity is about being true to yourself, today. Yesterday and tomorrow are of little consequence. No wonder Cupid is confused. Philosophers have a word for this attitude to life, they call it existentialism. Happiness is illusive, a feeling dependent upon our circumstances. Whilst concerned for our happiness God has something greater to give ushis unconditional love made known to us in his Son. When we know that we are loved we can overcome the most challenging situations. Jesus transformed the stable, the cross and the tomb because his heart was pierced by Gods love. This same God wants to be our Valentine and to pierce our hearts too. Christian greetings,

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BREACH LANE CHAPELSherfield on Loddon Contact: Rev Chris Russell 01276 21469 Geoff Belsham 01256 882534

February 2013FRI 1st SUN 3rd THU 7th SUN 10th 10.30am 10.30am 7.30pm 10.30am 3pm 10.30am 2.30pm Open Morning at Chapel with Refreshments Family Worship led by Neil Owen Bible Study at 9 Coopers Lane Family Worship led by Graham Locke Bible Study at Chapel Open Morning at Chapel with Refreshments Disabled Christian Fellowship at Camberley Baptist Church Family Worship led by Neil Owen including Holy Communion Mid-Week Fellowship led by Geoff Belsham Bible Study at Chapel Mid-Week Fellowship led by Geoff Belsham

TUE 12


SAT 16th

SUN 17th


SUN 24th

2.30pm 3pm

WED 27th


CATHOLIC SERVICESChurch of St Bede, Popley (www.vinntec.co.uk/hg/) Contact Fr. Dominic Golding, at the Parish Office, Tuesday to Friday,9.30am-1.00pm Tel: 01256 465214. Sunday Mass 9.00 am, 11.00 am, and 6.30pmPage 4

EditorialWelcome to 2013. During last year, the magazine saw a continuation of the improvements introduced in 2011/12 - a modern and attractive format, professional printing, more colour to highlight local events and eleven issues of the magazine instead of ten. We have a strong body of advertisers who monthly make our readers aware of the wide variety of products and services available in the area. The Loddon Link magazine is supported and guided by a Management Committee which, together with the editors, aims to ensure that readers are given the best possible information about the many activities that are scheduled and reported each month. Finally, and by no means of secondary importance is the fact the we still have an intrepid team of distributers who deliver the magazine to every household in the area... and, furthermore, the magazine still comes to you free-of-charge... something of which we are proud. Lets hope 2013 will be a good year for both advertisers and readers. As ever, bouquets, brickbats and other comments on the magazine can be sent to: editor@loddonvalleylink.hampshire.org.uk. Remember: All our magazines can be found on line at: www.LoddonValleyLink.hampshire.org.uk

ST. LEONARDS CHURCHSaturday Open DaysFebruary 2013 on 2nd, 9th, and 23rd of the month A list of all the Open Day dates for the year is displayed in the lych gate at the church. Everyone is welcome to visit for quiet reflection, a prayer, to study the architecture and history of the church or to view with a wedding in mind.

Cover photograph: Winter flowering Cymbidium by Donald DawsonPage 5


Renowned for delicious food, great ales and a warm welcomewww.whitehartsherfield.co.ukWhite Hart, Reading Road, Sherfield on Loddon, Hants, RG27 0BT

01256 882280

Wellington Farm Shop - 01189 326132 www.wellington-farm-shop.co.uk Located on the A33 at the Riseley roundabout between Reading and Basingstoke

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Special Lent Communion at St LeonardsOnce again we will offer short mid-week Holy Communion services during the weeks leading up to Easter. These are half hour services open to all denominations. For your Diary: Wednesdays at 11.00 - 11.30am 13th February, 20th February, 27th February, 6th March, 13th March and 20th March.

Church NewsChurch Electoral Roll - There has to be a complete renewal of the electoral roll, so if you are on the electoral roll you will still need to re-apply. Forms are now available in all of our churches. Christmas Service Collections - The Stratfield Saye Nativity raised 281.89 and The Crib Service at St Leonards collected around 300 including Gift Aid. Both collections will be donated to the Children's Society and Bible Lands. Revd Bob Politt

Annual Parochial Church Meetings St Leonards APCM will be held at 11.15am on Sunday 17th March at St Leonards Church. St Marys Stratfield Saye and St Marys Hartley Wespall will be holding their APCM at 7.30pm on Monday 18th March at St Marys Hartley Wespall.

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www.LoddonValleyLink.hampshire.org.uk SHERFIELD 0-5S Every Tuesday 10.00am to 12 noon Sherfield Park Community Centre Climbing frame, toys, parachute games, singing, juice and biscuits, tea and coffee. A great place to meet new people and make new friends everyone welcome! Come and join us! designed to wear out your children! Contacts: Louisa 01256 881229, Beccy 880894, Kerry 880167

BRAMLEY ART CLASSESAntonia Dewhurst is teaching classes in Drawing & Painting. Monday 10.00-12.00am, 12.45-2.45pm and 7.00-9.00pm 90 for 10 weeks. 80 OAPs Situated in Cufaude Lane, Beginners & Improvers welcome. Tel: 01256 883876 images@antoniadewhurstart.co.uk

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Church Toddler Time for Babies to 5 The next Toddler Time will be

Wednesday 27th February 2013 4.00-4.20pmAt St Leonards Church on the Red Carpet Nursery Rhymes, Story, Prayer. Healthy refreshments. All welcome Contact Bob Politt for more information 01256 882209 bobpolitt@btinternet.com

Parish RegistersBaptisms Ross Hadley Bella Hadley Zachary Stringer Eleanor Eason Freddie Eason Charlotte Eason Winston Bruce Ronald Grigg 09.12.12 09.12.12 13.01.13 27.01.13 27.01.13 27.01.13 Funerals 18.12.12 21.01.13 Sherfield Sherfield Sherfield Sherfield Sherfield Sherfield Sherfield Sherfield

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For information call: 0118 932 6308 Brochure hotline: 0118 932 6480 www. wellington-riding.co.uk e-mail: info@wellington-riding.co.uk

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