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    Parish News

    The Parish magazine for

    Broughton Astley and Croft with

    Stoney Stanton

    40p Supplied and printed by

    The Genuine Independent Funeral Directors & Memorial Masons

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    Rector Revd Sharon Constable St Marys Rectory St Marys Close Broughton Astley LE9 6ES

    01455 644779 07581 686736

    [email protected]

    Assistant Curate Revd Joanna Benner 01455 697745 [email protected]

    Readers Lester Halling Peter Yates Phil Benner

    01455 282189 01455 285978 01455 697745

    Pastoral Assistants John Bass Lynne Vernon

    01455 284589 01455 285622

    PCC Secretary Paul Lawrence 01455 274315 07586 252594

    PCC Treasurer Barbara Bedford 01455 202812

    To arrange Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals contact

    Parish Administrator Mavis Battell Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm 2:00 pm tp 5:00 pm

    07534 820197 [email protected]

    Parish News Editor Wendy Howe 01455 272050 [email protected]

    To subscribe to the Parish News please contact:

    Broughton Astley Tom Cockerill 01455 698949

    Croft Hubert Lane 07787 910466

    Stoney Stanton Wendy Howe 01455 272050

    For further information, see inside back cover or visit our website:


    Or follow us on Facebook: @bacsschurches

    Parish Contacts


    St Marys, Broughton Astley

    Churchwardens John Bass Richard Sweeting

    01455 284589 01455 283118

    DCC Secretary Patricia Whittaker 01455 289950

    DCC Treasurer Steve Windram 01455 272922

    Tower Contact Paul Constable 01455 644779

    Tower Captain Andy Kedie 01455 284777

    Teddy Bear Bunch (Weds 10:30 Term time) Sarah Perrett 01455 286256

    Rainbow Followers (Sunday 9:45) Sarah Perrett 01455 286256

    Around the Churches

    St Michael and All Angels, Croft

    Churchwardens Claire Jordan Tamara Dugdale

    01455 282495 01455 283453

    DCC Secretary Kevin Dugdale 01455 283453

    Acting DCC Treasurer Lester Halling 01455 282189

    Tower Captain Lester Halling 01455 282189

    Pebblesfor pre-school children and takes place on Friday mornings 9.00 to 10.00 during term time at the school.

    Libby Davis 01455 282629

    Childrens Bible Club (See page 14) Claire Jordan 01455 282495

    St Michaels, Stoney Stanton

    Churchwardens Malcolm Burland Wendy Howe

    07946 575105 01455 272050

    DCC Secretary Julie Lawrence 01455 274315

    DCC Treasurer Margie Brimacombe 01455 282429

    Ringing Master John Vernon 01455 274342

    Tower Contact Carol Burland 01455 697626

    Junior Church (See page15) Kath Bullock 01455 273649

    Facilities Each of our three churches has a disabled access toilet and baby changing facility. Each Church also has a hearing loop system.

    mailto:[email protected]:[email protected]:[email protected]

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    St Marys Broughton Astley

    St Michaels Stoney Stanton

    St Michael & All Angels Croft

    Sunday 4 March Lent 3

    10:00 am United Service at Broughton Astley

    6:00 pm Compline

    Sunday 11 March Lent 4

    Mothering Sunday

    9:45 am Family Service

    9:30 am Family Service with Get Messy activities 4:00 pm Holy Communion

    11:15 am Family Service 6:00 pm


    Sunday 18 March

    Lent 5

    8:00 am Holy Communion 9:45 am

    Messy Church

    9:30 am Holy Communion 6:00 pm


    11:15 am Holy Communion

    Sunday 25 March

    Palm Sunday

    9:45 am Holy Communion 6:00 pm


    9:30 am Holy Communion

    10:00 am Messy Church at the School

    For events in Holy Week, please see page 5

    Sunday 1 April


    6:00 am Dawn Eucharist at the Rectory 9:45 am

    Easter Day Eucharist

    9:30 am Easter Day Eucharist

    11:15 am Easter Day Eucharist

    Details of services correct at time of going to print. However, please check weekly news sheet and Church noticeboards for any amendments.

    Weekday Services: Broughton Astley: Wednesday 9:30 am Holy Communion Stoney Stanton: Thursday 9:30 am Holy Communion

    Sunday 25 March

    Clocks forward 1 hour!!


    The Rector writes in Lent

    Last month I wrote to you all to consider reviewing your giving to the Church if you could. To respond in generosity to our God who is generous and profligate with his love and forgiveness to every one of us. I hope you have been able to think deeply on helping our churches spread that message into our communities on many levels by helping with financial support as we plan to develop poor buildings and ministry to further our mission of spreading the good news of Gods love to all we can find who will listen. My grateful thanks for your consideration. This month, March, still deeply into the journey of Lent I would like to share with you something that cane through on to my Facebook Page. Facebook has its good and bad points it has to be said, but it can also help spread a positive message to many thousands of people who subscribe. Here is what I received..


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    When we talk of Mission and evangelism in our churches we often think of events, rallies, etc with an inspiring speaker perhaps to rally the people to faith! But actually, the greatest piece of mission work we can do is to be Christlike wherever we happen to be in a day. And some part of the Lenten journey is about growing in our own spirituality and our faith in the 40 days of Lent. To think about taking a further step in following Jesus. And when we reach Easter Day, having travelled the long road of Lent and Holy week , the celebration and joy of Easter Day is so powerful if we have also walked that journey in ourselves and been transformed by it. WE all do and say wrong things, we all feel angry and bitter at times, we all fail to forgive and love. We are human. But rather than dwell on failings, Pope Franciss words encourage us all to change and be changed starting with the idea of fasting from our usual responses to what the world throws at us. Hopefully we will want to keep fasting using these wise words beyond the 40 days of Lent as a holy habit ? Another short piece of writing hit me in the eye the other day and I have the book open on my deskI end with also sharing these words from Jesus himself written n a contemporary way as if hes speaking personally to each one of us today Jesus said Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and youll recover your life. Ill show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me- watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I wont lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and youll learn to live freely and lightly.


    Age UK Oadby and Wigston is a self-funding charity that has been operating in Wigston since the 1970s. We cater for the over 50s offering home cooked lunches, snacks, cakes and drinks all at a reasonable price. We also provide day care for people with extra needs who are looked after by a dedicated team of trained staff. This service also offers respite for Carers. We have an Information and Advice Officer who is ready to advise on many issues affecting older people. There is a hairdresser, chiropodist and shop on site and numerous activities to get involved with. Rooms are available for hire and we can cater for events such as funeral receptions. We are always looking for Volunteers and Trustees to help with our very rewarding work. We will be opening a memory caf in the near future. If you would like to come along or would like more information, please contact Joy Husband on 0116 2885203 or e mail [email protected] or just drop in between 9.30am and 4pm, Monday to Friday, 51 Paddock Street, Wigston, LE18 2A

    Stoney Stanton Methodist Chapel

    The next Coffee Morning

    will be held on

    Thursday 29 March 2018

    mailto:[email protected]

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    Lent Programme in the Parish

    Lent Course - USPG All things are possible From 20 February Lent Lunch and Lent course Sessions every Tuesday At St Marys Church 12.30 2pm for 5 sessions From 21 February Lent Course every Wednesday evening 7.30-9pm at The Rectory Broughton Astley for 5 sessions Compline 6pm every Sunday from Sunday 18th February see weekly notices for venues

    Holy Week Wednesday 28 March Childrens Workshop at St Michaels Stoney Stanton 7.30pm - Stations of the Cross with music at St Michaels Maundy Thursday 7pm Supper and Eucharist with watch at St Marys Good Friday 10-12 Childrens Workshop at St Marys 1pm 3pm Good Friday Reflections The Nail followed by Good Friday Liturgy at St Michael and All Angels Croft . Sunday 1 April Easter Day 6am Dawn Eucharist in the Rectory Garden at Broughton Astley 9.30am Easter Day Eucharist at St Michaels, Stoney Stanton 9.45am Easter Day Eucharist at St Marys, Broughton Astley 11.15am Easter Day Eucharist at St Michael and All Angels, Croft No weekday services in Easter week.

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    From the Registers



    Broughton Astley Nev Clark Bird

    Croft Mia Thurman

    Stoney Stanton Jack Nichols

    Broughton Astley Mary Eliza Jerome

    Stoney Stanton Dorothy Hammersley Doreen Tanser Valerie Ann Coslett Alvey Beeching


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    Many facilities locally but fishing is our speciality.

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    For a brochure/more details

    phone Anthony Steel on: 01576 510200


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    Sunday 4th March United Eucharist at 10am St Marys Broughton Astley

    We are delighted to announce that The new Bishop of Loughborough,

    Bishop Guli will be coming to preach and celebrate and also licence and install

    Sharon as Rector of the Parish!

    The parish title was suspended after Peter Burrows left, the parish was no

    longer a Team Ministry with a Team Rector and Team Vicar. The following

    incumbencies of David Shaw and Trevor Thurston Smith were appointed as

    Priest in charge, Sharon taking the incumbency as Rector Designate as

    moves began to lift the suspension.

    The primary reason for suspending a Benefice is because an Incumbent has a

    power of veto over changes to that Benefice. Therefore, if change is envisaged

    it is deemed preferable, though not essential, to ensure that a new appointee

    cannot prevent the change. The Benefice is also suspended when for some

    reason the minister in another parish is to be asked to take charge of this

    parish. This is normally for reasons of pastoral reorganization.

    It is now understood that no pastoral re-organisation will be needed in the

    parish and the title has now after a lengthy process, been lifted. We will

    remain as Broughton Astley and Croft with Stoney Stanton!

    Come and celebrate and meet our new Suffragan Bishop ! Time for a party!

    Everyone welcome!


    Bishop Guli

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    New pattern for Parish Services

    As the parish begins to understand the way we invite people into church to know

    the Good News of Jesus Christ has to change and develop, the PCC in September

    agreed to change the pattern of services in the parish to enable churches to spread

    the services so within the month there is SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!

    Each of our churches has one monthly outreach service, ( Messy Church) and three

    Eucharists for the rest of the month.

    Occasionally there are other non - communion services fitted in such as

    Remembrance, Mothering Sunday, and Harvest but there will always be a

    Eucharist offered in the parish on those special days for people who want one.

    Across the parish on any normal Sunday there are at least two other Eucharist

    services for people to attend week by week.

    The United Eucharist service stays the same, but to assist extra time for fellowship

    at coffee the Baptisms at St Marys now move to the second Sunday.

    The weekday Eucharist services stay the same

    There have been no reductions in Eucharists from the old pattern.

    Alongside this pattern we also offer and include other types of service such as

    Healing, Taize chant, Celtic Eucharist, and Compline and uniformed parade services

    throughout the year. It is hoped more of these services will be offered more

    regularly as our ministry team grows.

    This is experimental for six months.

    If anyone has concernsplease come and talk to Sharon within the six months

    experimental period.


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    Looking for a new interest, to keep fit or meet new friends?

    Why not come along to the Village Community Hall where you can be sure of a warm welcome.

    Monday: Monday Club Evergreens alternate weeks Bokwa


    Tuesday: Parish Council Meeting every 2nd Tuesday

    Wednesday: Creative Children Toddler Group


    Thursday: Total Tone


    Friday: Stoney Stanton Stitchers


    Saturday: Chinese Martial Arts (adults)


    Private Social Bookings

    Monday-Saturday 10 per hour

    Commercial Bookings

    Monday-Friday 10 per hour

    Saturdays 12 per hour Regular block bookings 8.50 per hour


    For all bookings and enquiries go to:

    http://www.stoneystanton.org/ehalls-for-hire/ Phone: 07476202575


    1st Sunday of the Month

    10.00 am United Parish Eucharist

    St Marys BA St Michaels SS St Michael & All Angels, Croft

    2nd Sunday 9.45 am Eucharist

    12 noon Baptism

    9.30 am Get Messy

    4.00 pm Eucharist

    11.15 am Eucharist / Morning Prayer

    3rd Sunday 8.00 am Eucharist

    9.45 am Messy Church

    9.30 am Eucharist

    12 noon Baptism

    11.15 am Eucharist / Morning Prayer

    4th Sunday 9.45 am Eucharist 9.30 am Eucharist 10.00 am Messy Church at Croft School

    12 noon Baptism

    New experimental pattern of Services

    from January 2018 for a period of six months.

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    St Michaels Stoney Stanton 100 Club Draw

    January Results

    First Prize25.00No 8Alison Johnson

    Second Prize - 15.00No 82Wendy Howe

    Third Prize10.00No 42Roger Statham

    St Marys Subscription Draw

    January Winners

    1st No. 55 Mr R Sidey 2nd No. 199 Mr R Quittenten 3rd No. 66 Mrs P Whittaker

    February Winners

    1st No. 97 Mrs J Jones 2nd No. 73 Mrs C Page 3rd No. 79 Mrs C Riley

    The unexpected effect of celebrity vicars

    Celebrity clergy such as the Revd Richard Coles and the Revd Kate Bottley have helped the Church of England, by making it appear more accessible, and thereby boosting the number of trainee clergy up to a ten-year high. Such is the belief of a number of church leaders, such as the Bishop of Repton, the Rt Rev Jan McFarlane. With Richard and Kate being on Strictly Come Dancing and shows like that, theyve just come across as human people who happen to have a strong faith. And so, while in 2016 there were 476 new trainees; last year there were 544 new trainees. New priests are also getting younger; last year 28 per cent of trainees were under 32.

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    Recipe Book plus house hold hints and tips

    Hello all you cooks and handy people out there I am thinking of compiling a book for sale from St Michaels in the hope that it will make a little money for our church funds, but I cant do it without your help!! Please let me have any of your favourite recipes hopefully tried and tested ones. Plus a picture of the finished item if possible. I am thinking of basing the book on the church seasons eg Christmas lent Easter etc. but it depends on what I receive.

    To make the book more interesting I think an addition of Hints and tips for around the home might be good. Eg. Stain removal tips, or mending ideas. Its up to you , please help me with this as soon as possible as I think it will be a long process .

    Maureen Burland.


    19141918 20142018

    11 November 2018 will see commemorations of the ending of the First World War. We have ambitious ideas for a yarn bomb, both inside and outside the Church.

    If you have your own knitting or crochet pattern, that is fine. If not a suggested one is: Using red double knitting wool, and 4.5 mm needles. Cast on 50 sts, and knit 10 rows. Next row, knit 2 together across the row (25 stitches). Next row, knit. Next row, Knit 1 stitch, then knit 2 together across the remainder of the row (13 stitches) Next row, knit. Next row, knit 1 stitch, then knit 2 together across the remainder of the row (7 stitches). Cut the wool, and draw through remaining stitches and fasten off. Sew seam. Using black wool, oversew over centre of poppy . Any thickness of wool can be used, and any sized needles. If you want your poppy to be fuller, cast on more stitches. We do not need the poppies to be all the same size or shade of red, just as many as we can make. When you want to pass them on, please contact Wendy, 272050. Many thanks, I hope we can have a wonderful display.

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    Beetle Drive and Pancakes

    Friday 9 February saw us gathered once again at Croft school for our annual Beetle Drive and Pancake Partyis it really a year since the last one!!

    Kevin was MC and handed out a quiz sheet (no prizes) for us to work out prior to the start of the Beetle Drive.

    Once we were all assembled, Kevin counted us down and the Beetle Drive was underway! The sound of rolling dice, the cheers when a six was thrown, and in no time the first Beetle was called, and all play stopped.

    Several games were played before we were given the answers to the quiz, and then we started on the pancakes. Mick had been busy all day flipping pancakes along with Claire and others who provided the accompaniments of bacon, beans, mushrooms and a choice of sauces. Whilst waiting to collect our savoury pancakes, Kevin handed out another quiz, this time there was a prize to be won!

    Further rounds of Beetle were played, before pancakes with sweet fillings were served, answers

    given to the quiz and the raffle drawn.

    For (we think) the fourth year running, Linda and team won the quiz!! (Perhaps she should set it next year!!)

    The final games of Beetle were played before we added up our scores for the evening and prizes awarded. The family Beadle won both the Adult and Childrens prizes! Congratulations!

    Well done to all prize winners, and an enormous thank you to all who worked so hard to make the evening such a great success again, and of course to all who came.


    Easter Sunday

    1 April

    Take Tea amongst the

    Easter Flowers

    2:30 pm4:30 pm

    St Marys Church, Broughton Astley



    St Michaels Church, Stoney Stanton

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    Baby Yoga St Marys Church

    Broughton Astley, LE9 6XS

    Held on Wednesdays at 1:30 2:30

    Suitable for babies aged 8 weeks to pre-crawling.

    Contact Chris at: 07712673766

    Email:[email protected]

    St Michaels Stoney Stanton

    Come and join us for Coffee and Cake

    Saturday 10 March2018

    10:00 am 12 noon

    We look forward to seeing you!


    See you all again next year, and of course if you have never been to the Beetle Drive and Pancakes, why not come along and join us!!

    Jeans instead of vestments?

    Have you noticed any local clergy dressing more informally in recent months? If so, there is a good reason for it: C of E clergy were given the go-ahead last year to choose whether or not to disregard their robes, and dress down for services, after a vote by General Synod. That means that if the vicar wants to wear jeans when leading a service, the Church of England will no longer object. It is believed by some that such a change can help the Church by reflecting the way society has gone in the way of informali-ty, according to one vicar.

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    Across 1 Arouse (Song of Songs 2:7) (6) 4 Extinguish (Isaiah 1:31) (6) 8 They , you will say, but Im not hurt! (Proverbs 23:35) (3,2) 9 Unhappiness (Nehemiah 2:2) (7) 10 Jewish (7) 11 Dirge (anag.) (5) 12 A truthful witness gives honest , but a false witness tells lies (Proverbs 12:17) (9) 17 Paul quoted from the second one in his address in the synagogue at Pisidian An-tioch (Acts 13:33) (5) 19 Do not use your freedom to the sinful nature (Galatians 5:13) (7) 21 As you can see, he has done nothing to death (Luke 23:15) (7) 22 Name applied by Isaiah to Jerusalem (Isaiah 29:1) (5)


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    23 All the people one man, saying, None of us will go home (Judges 20:8) (4,2) 24 Lazarus, who was carried by angels to Abrahams side when he died, was one (Luke 16:20) (6) Down 1 Appalled (Job 26:11) (6) 2 In an to escape from the ship, the sailors let the lifeboat down into the sea (Acts 27:30) (7) 3 Expel (Acts 18:16) (5) 5 But I have a baptism to , and how distressed I am until it is completed! (Luke 12:50) (7) 6 Of the increase of his government and peace there will be (Isaiah 9:7) (2,3) 7 Hurry (Psalm 119:60) (6) 9 For I desire mercy, not , and acknowledgement of God rather than burnt offer-ings (Hosea 6:6) (9) 13 One of its towns was Sychar, where Jesus met a woman at Jacobs well (John 4:5) (7) 14 Shouting (Acts 7:57) (7) 15 Arachnid (Isaiah 59:5) (6) 16 One of Pauls first converts in Philippi was Lydia, a in purple cloth (Acts 16:14) (6) 18 Donkeys (5) 20 Raked (anag.) (5)

    February Crossword Solutions: ACROSS: 1, Credit. 4, Tackle. 7, Cain. 8, Kenaniah. 9, Strength. 13, Beg. 16, Salvation Army. 17, ARC. 19, Every day. 24, Admonish. 25, Dire. 26, Sneeze. 27, Bronze. DOWN: 1, Cock. 2, Epistolic. 3, Taken. 4, Tenet. 5, Cane. 6, Leave. 10, Erase. 11, Guide. 12, Honey. 13, Barbarian. 14, Guys. 15, Asia. 18, Rod in. 20, Voice. 21, Rahab. 22, Hope. 23, Mene.

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    St Marys Winter Quiz2017

    A lot of quiz sheets were sold this time. I received many adults sheets back for marking. Many scored 100%, so a draw was made. The lucky winner was Joan Harrison of Stoney Stanton. I only received 4 childrens quizzes for marking, so after a draw the winner was Bethany Green of Broughton Astley. Are you still puzzling over any of the clues? Heres a full list of answers: Childrens Quiz:


    The missing word was Gooseberry.

    1. Lemons 9. Sweetcorn

    2. Dandelion 10. Sky

    3. Egg-yolk 11. Whale

    4. Banana 12. Sunflowers

    5. Custard 13. Sand

    6. Sea 14. Submarine

    7. Stilton Cheese 15. Leicester City Shirts

    8. Blue lights


    March :

    FairTrade fortnight 2018 runs from 26th February to 11th March, and many shops will be making a point of displaying Fairtrade goods everything from tea and coffee to cotton T shirts - but there is another commodity where a FairTrade purchase can make a difference to the world and producers . GOLD To produce gold, gold ore is extracted from the Earths crust often by artisanal and small-scale miners, many of them working in remote areas. In these small-scale goldmines the gold is extracted using toxic chemicals such as mercury, (harmful for human health and the environment), because the miners cant afford to use safer processing methods. Mercury causes birth defects, brain and kidney damage, as well as contaminating water supplies and entering the food chain through poisoned fish. The miners are also exploited by traders because of their poverty, and the absence of regulation and legal protections. Workers in Fairtrade certified gold mines receive a guaranteed Fairtrade Minimum Price for their gold as well as a Premium to spend on improving their businesses or on community projects, such as education, clean water and healthcare. The Fairtrade Gold Standards also include strict requirements on working conditions, health and safety, handling chemicals, womens rights, child labour and protection of the environment.

    Fairtrade Certified Gold is the world's first independent ethical certification system for gold. Buying Fairtrade Gold makes a real difference to the lives of miners, their families and communities. More about jewellery with the Fairtrade Gold Stamp can be found at fairtrade.org.uk/en/buying-fairtrade/gold

    Environmental living: Ideas for the month

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    Where at Date and Time Speaker Competition

    Broughton Astley Village Hall

    Tuesday 13 March 7:30 pm

    What it means to be a Magistrate Suzi Felstead

    Manorfield Community Centre Stoney Stanton

    Wednesday 14 March 7:30 pm

    Recycling with a Difference Sue Drage

    A recycled item

    Croft Flower Club (Contact Mrs Hilary Wall 07912983884 for more information)

    Wednesday 21 March 7:30 pm

    The Joys of Spring Barbara Collins

    Ladies Fellowship Group Contact Marjorie Pawley 282619 for more information

    Wednesday 14 March

    Northern Lights and Norway Paul Chilton

    Clubs, activities & events in March

    W.I. Meetings etc

    Wednesdays at St Michaels Church Stoney Stanton

    First Wednesday Afternoon tea, toys and Natter. Currently on hold whilst we review this event. However, thanks to all who have made it possible.

    21 March 12 noon1:30 pm

    Winter Warmers Home made soup, roll, butter and tea or coffee

    28 March 2pm5pm

    Board Games afternoon New date, now 4th Wednesday in the month


    1. Bus 21. Fire Engine 41. Pedestrian

    2. Street 22. Wall 42. School

    3. Office 23. Flag 43. Factory

    4. River 24. Van 44. Library

    5. Pub 25. Baker 45. Statue

    6. Canal 26. Road 46. Cash Machine

    7. Lamppost 27. Temple 47 Fishmonger

    8. Barber 28. Banks 48 Kiosk

    9. Hotel 29. Cathedrals 49 College

    10. Bridge 30. Church 50. Charity Shop

    11. Hill 31. Prison 51. Department Store

    12. Hedge 32. Newsagent 52. Hair Salon

    13. Park 33. Bistro 53. Estate Agent

    14. Hall 34. Police Station 54. Bench

    15. Caf 35. Lorry 55. Petrol Station

    16 Chapel 36. Post Offices 56. Zebra Crossing

    17. Car 37. Market 57. Ambulance

    18. Butcher 38. Hospital 58. Path

    19. Taxi 39 Dentists 59. Tram

    20. Bar 40. Grocer 60. Railway Station

    Adults QuizThings you may see in the town

    Look out for my next quiz, out in the summer.


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    Bishops Bill to put mothers names on marriage certificates passes first stage

    A move to end the historic injustice of excluding mothers names from marriage certificates has passed its first parliamentary stage in a Private Members Bill brought by the Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith. The bill, which also includes provision to modernise registration with electronic registers, received its Second Reading in the House of Lords. In his speech, the Bishop described the origin of the present practice of naming only the father on marriage certificates as archaic and unchanged since Victorian times, where children were seen as the fathers property, and little consideration was given to mothers' roles in raising children. Dr Smith continued: As we approach the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, it is only right that we consider how existing legislation excludes or does not recognise the contributions made by women. This Bill allows for this important and symbolic change to be made. Its important to note that this Bill would allow mothers names to be included when registering all marriages, not just those that take place in Church of England Churches. Dr Smith said there was popular support for the change in Parliament and across society. Many who were getting married themselves or whose children are to marry will, he said, have been "shocked" to discover the continuing exclusion of mothers names. Dr Smith also made clear that the Bill covered other matters relating to marriage registration, namely the modernisation of the system for recording marriages, moving away from a paper-based to a digital system for record keeping. It does not, he said, alter who can get married, or where they can get married, or who can perform that marriage. The bill does not propose any changes to marriage ceremonies, or the Church of Englands doctrine of marriage. These are all far greater questions, which fall beyond the scope of this Bill. After passing Second Reading, the Bill now proceeds towards its Committee Stage in the House of Lords.


    Want to be creative? Have a cup of tea

    Tea-drinkers have always known that almost anything is possible, with a cup of tea in your hand, and now it seems that the scientists are catching up with them. For there seems to be proof that a simple cup of tea can spark an instant burst of your brainpower and creativity, enhancing your mood and cognitive ability. Yet, although tea contains both caffeine and theanine, both of which increase attentiveness and alertness, these do not usually take effect as quickly as the sim-ple act of drinking tea seems to do. Thus, researchers suspect that simply drinking the tea works to enhance your mood. Tests found that drinking tea helped people in both divergent thinking (the process of coming up with a number of new ideas around a central theme), and also with creativity. This must make tea the go-to drink for writers, artists and musicians, and indeed anyone looking for inspiration. So - go put the kettle on! The study appeared in the journal Food Quality and Preference.