The Loddon Valley Link Church and Village Magazine
for Sherfield-on-Loddon, Stratfield Saye,
Hartley Wespall with Stratfield Turgis and Bramley
Editorial Welcome to the March edition of the Loddon Valley Link.
Im sat in the sunshine of what feels like an early spring. For those of you lucky enough to still have their mothers with them dont forget the 15th. For the rest of us we can remember with love. Were saying goodbye to one of our most respected residents - James Russell - in the centre pages plus theres the usual plethora of things going on.
Easter weekend looks like an arty affair with a couple of local exhibitions.
Just to reinforce their appeal on P50, if you can spare any time to help with the organisation of the wonderful local events please get in touch.
As ever, please keep your articles and especially photographs coming in, as they are vital to the success of your magazine. This months cover photo is from Andrew Dance.
Sincere apologies to the Sims family for our publishing error in the Parish Registers, Funerals section in last months Link. Were happy to report Charles Sims is alive.
Contents Editorial P 3 Church Services P4&6 Messy Church P 7 Register & Lent Services P 9 Pastoral Letter P 11 Stratfield Saye Reports P 17 Borough Councillors Report P 19 Probus & CSR Reports P23 Gardening Club P 25 Prayers P 28 James Russell P 30 Sherfield Village Hall P 33 NWR P39 Sherfield Parish Council P 41 SPCC P 44 Poem P47 Beat Reports P48 Help Run Events P 50 Useful Numbers P 55 Small Adverts P 56 Committee and Deadlines P 58
Congratulations to local councillor & PPC - Ranil Jayawardena
Im delighted to report that daughter Daisy arrived on 13th February.
Alison and daughter are both doing well.
*Drive up close to the white gates, which will open automatically. Children are wel-come at all our services. Services in italics are particularly geared to children and families. BCP - Book of Common Prayer.
Sunday 1st March Lent 2
10.00am Holy Communion with the St Leonards Sherfield Bishop of Basingstoke 10.00am Family Service St Marys Stratfield Saye* 11.45am Meet & Greet the Bishop St Marys Hartley Wespall Wednesday 4th 11.00am Lent Communion St Leonards Sherfield
Sunday 8th March Lent 3
10.00am Morning Worship & Sunday Club St Leonards Sherfield Wednesday 11th 11.00am Lent Communion St Leonards Sherfield Friday 13th 4.15pm Messy Church Sherfield Community Centre
Sunday 15th March Mothering Sunday Lent 4
10.00am Family Communion St Leonards Sherfield 6.30pm Evensong St Marys Hartley Wespall Wednesday 18th 11.00am Lent Communion St Leonards Sherfield
Sunday 22nd March Lent 5
10.00am Family Service St Leonards Sherfield Wednesday 25th 11.00am Lent Communion St Leonards Sherfield
Sunday 29th March Palm Sunday
10.00am Benefice Holy Communion St Leonards Sherfield with Palm Sunday Procession Maundy Thursday 7.00pm St Leonards Church Room Agape Supper with Holy Communion Good Friday 11.00am Hour at the Cross St Marys Hartley Wespall
Sunday 5th April EASTER DAY
10.00am Family Communion with Lenten Cross St Leonards Sherfield 10.00am Family Communion by Ext St Marys Hartley Wespall 11.30am Holy Communion BCP St Marys Stratfield Saye*
BREACH LANE CHAPEL Sherfield on Loddon Geoff Belsham 01256 882534 / 07519 708416 Transport is available for all events at the chapel
March 2015 Services
Sunday 1st 10.30am Family Worship led by Neil Owen
11am Youth Group The Flock
Tuesday 3rd 7.45pm Deacons Meeting at Frimley Road
Sunday 8th 10.30am Family Worship led by Graham Locke
Tuesday 10th 2pm Church Walk from the Chapel
Thursday 12th 7.45pm House Group & Bible Study at 9 Coopers Lane, Bramley
Friday 13th 10.30am Open Morning at the Chapel
Sunday 15th 10.30am Family Worship led by Neil Owen with Holy Communion
Tuesday 17th 7.45pm Church Meeting at Frimley Road
Sunday 22nd 10.30am Family Worship led by Steve Smith
Tuesday 24th 2pm Church Walk starting at Sherfield Garden Centre
2.30pm Midweek Fellowship at Chapel led by Geoff Belsham
Friday 27th 10.30am Open Morning at Chapel
Saturday 28th 2.30pm Saturday Fellowship in the Chapel led by Geoff Belsham
Sunday 29th 10.30am Family Worship led by Geoff Belsham
Friday 27th 10.30am Open Morning at Chapel
Catholic Services St Bedes and Holy Ghost Churches,
Parish Office Tues to Friday
9.30 am-1.00 pm Tel.465214.
Sunday Mass 9.00 am, 11.00 am and 6.30 pm
St Leonards Open Days
Everyone is welcome to visit for reflection, prayer, or to view with a wedding in mind.
The church is open in March on the 7thand 14th.
St Leonards Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held on Sunday 22nd March 2015 at 11.30am in the Church Room.
I Love You Mum!
Lots of craft, worship and tea for the children! All welcome
4.15 Arrive, Register, prepare for Worship
4.30 Worship followed by activities in three groups
5.15 Meal - cafe style (finish at 5.30pm) It is essential that you book (and please advise of any food allergies).
For more information and to book, please contact :
Amanda Prince 01256 880733 email@example.com
Or on Facebook : Messy Church-Sherfield On Loddon
ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL
St. Leonards faithful hardworking cleaning teams continue to keep our church looking lovely and welcoming and they deserve our thanks.
We would welcome new recruits so please consider volunteering it is not a huge commitment but it is a
great way of helping our church maintain its appeal to our local community, especially now we have our new extension up and running.
Our new rota is due to be organised. We are meeting on Monday 11th May at 7:45pm in the new church room, followed by coffee/tea and cakes.
For more information contact Valerie Burrows on 01256 880087 or email StL@avbur.demon.co.uk
Parish Registers Funeral
Betty Banister 16.01.15 Sherfield
Correction to February Parish Register
Philip Donald Sims 21.01.15 Sherfield
Sincere apologies to the Sims family and especially Charles for getting it wrong last month
29 March PALM SUNDAY 10.00 a.m. at St. Leonards Benefice Holy Communion
with Palm Sunday Procession
2nd April MAUNDY THURSDAY 7.00 p.m.
in St. Leonards Church Room Agape Supper with Holy Communion
3rd April GOOD FRIDAY 11.00am
Hour at the Foot of the Cross at St. Marys Hartley Wespall
5th April EASTER DAY 10.00 a.m.
Family Communion, with the Floral Lenten Cross
at St. Leonards
Join us at one of our Special Services this Easter!
On Wednesdays in Lent there will be a short service of Holy Communion at 11.00 a.m. at St. Leonards
.....it would be good to see you at these brief reflective services as we prepare for Easter. Wed. 4th, 11th 18th and 25th of March
Phone/Fax: 01256 882224 Mobile:07810573479
Servicing Repairs Tuning
Spring is on its way
When was the last time that your opinion was canvassed about anything? As the
General Election approaches, the likelihood increases of being stopped in the
street or summoned to our doorsteps to answer questions. I'm wondering what
response I'd get if I was to conduct a small survey of members of St Leonard's
as they left this week's Sunday service, asking them how they view this time of
the Church year - or indeed from anyone else that I happened to bump into
whilst in the queue at the Post Office or Village Shop. We are now in the season
of Lent which begins each year on Ash Wednesday. Pancakes have been
tossed and eaten and for those who have committed to giving up chocolate,
coffee or alcohol, it still feels as if there's an awfully long way to go until Easter
Day when all those treats can be enjoyed again. So maybe it's not surprising
that for many, Lent is seen as a somewhat low and downhearted, miserable time
of restraint and denial - mirroring albeit in just a little way Jesus's period of 40
days in the wilderness when he was tempted to do things more awful than sneak
the odd packet of Maltesers into a supermarket trolley.
This thought set me wondering - maybe that's how many who wouldn't call
themselves Christians view those of us who are? Do they see us as people with
lots of 'can