Magazine June 2015

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Parish Magazine ~ June 2015

The Rev'd Dr Gordon Giles


‘April is the cruellest month’, wrote T.S. Eliot, and this was to some extent true in our community of St Mary Magdalene’s. We lost dear brothers, Richard Shone and Ray Barker, and their funerals took place in early May. Click on their names for the sermons I gave at each, allowing their lives and faith to speak to us in place of a Vicar’s Letter.


From the Parish Registers

26 April 2015
Bailey Sebastian
James & Alexander Henry James

1 May 2015
Richard Shone

7 May 2015
Raymond Barker

If anyone is celebrating a birthday or anniversary and wishes to take up the elements please inform the churchwardens.


Felix Philip Knowles born 15th April 2015 to Clive and Claire Fenwick, a brother for Jessica and a grandson for Ray and Anneliese.

Thank You

Thank you seems so inadequate really but I want to say a few thank-you’s following Ray’s passing on the 25th April and his funeral on the 7th May. We have had 120 sympathy cards, hundreds of emails and a stack of letters so I hope you will all accept the thanks of myself, Carrie, Jo and all the family for the beautiful words written about Ray, the love that has poured forth and to all those who attended the funeral which was so beautiful and I know was just what Ray wanted. The music played by Keith, the bells, the choir were all superb and enormous thanks to Gordon, Jackie & Maureen for the wonderful service. I feel certain that Ray is now in God's keeping and is at peace. I am so lucky to be part of the family at St Mary Magdalene and together with thanks I send my love to you all.

Rita Barker

PS: thank you also for the wonderful donations and together with a fantastic amount from Macmillan (Ray’s employers) we have raised £7,000 which is going to The North London Hospice - what a result!

Favourite Hymns

Did you choose your favourite hymn, to be sung before the APCM? Many people did, but the top favourite only scored three votes and three others two votes. Many only had one vote, which shows our varied tastes.

Eleanor Pritchard

Parish Concert

Saturday, 27 June 2015
at 5:00 pm

Can you entertain your fellow parishioners for five minutes by singing, dancing, reciting, playing or acting etc? Whatever your age it is always lovely to see the talents in our congregation. Please support the performers. Contact me if you have an offering, so I can make a programme. Thank you.

Eleanor Pritchard

Cake and Plant Sale

Thank you to everyone who made this event such a success: to all who contributed to the stalls and to all who came and spent their money. At the time of writing we have made £320 but there is a bit more to come. It was lovely to have so many people attend, giving their support whilst enjoying fellowship over a cup of coffee.

A huge thank you to Eleanor and her team with plant, seedling and cutting production, to Janet Reed and Maureen Rew on cakes and to Laura and Joan who kept the tea and coffee flowing.

A big thank you to everyone who donated cakes for our recent cake stall and to all those who purchased them. The result was one of the best. Our next stall will be at the Festive Fair in December when as well as cakes we hope to have a selection of preserves and chutneys and who knows what other delectable delights ! See you there!

Once again, many thanks, from Janet, Maureen and Alison.

Door-To-Door Selling Scam

Please be aware of a scam involving young men selling products, usually cleaning items, door to door. They claim to be young offenders doing this as part of their rehabilitation programme and will flash an ID card with a pedlar's licence number. There are many reports of these scams on the internet, including advice from Thames Valley Police at

Copied from above website:

The bogus salesmen target one area at a time and knock at doors claiming to be ex-convicts on a young offenders' scheme and try to sell the occupant everyday households products such as dusters and house cleaning products at high prices.

Bogus salesmen are not involved in any officially recognised offender rehabilitation programme and many do not carry Pedlar's Certificates which are issued by the police and permit people to sell door-to-door.

If any salesperson comes to your door, you should ask to see their Pedlar's certificate - these are only issued to individuals under very strict conditions. You can contact the police station it was issued at in order to prove if it's genuine. Selling door to door without this certificate is a criminal offence.

It is important that residents call us and let us know this is happening in your neighbourhood to give us the opportunity to check out whether their activity is indeed lawful. Please call us on 101 and let us know.

Diane Coxon

Parish Picnics

Now the weather is improving we can look forward to enjoying our lovely garden. Following their success last year we would like to invite everyone to join in our Parish Picnics. These will take place on the last Sunday of the month after coffee. All you need to do is bring a picnic and relax.

See you there!
June 28th
July 26th
August 30th

A “Mustn’t Miss” Date For Your Diary
The Annual Church BBQ

to be held at
44 Ridge Crest
(home of Alison & Paul Reeve)

Saturday 11th July
4:00 pm onwards.


The next Traidcraft stall will be on Sunday June 14th in the hall after 10:00 am service.

All the usual essentials and treats will be there. Come and see if there is anything new.


News from the Home Group

It’s our absolute delight and privilege to have been blessed with the opportunity to enjoy a season of agreeable company and conscientious contribution to our discussions, particularly in regard to theology, from Chris Anderton our Oakhill student whom we have every intention of continuing to support in prayer, as we follow with anticipation his future endeavours and exploits.

Already facebook friends, we’re looking forward to seeing wedding photos of when Chris becomes husband to Rachael in July and they embark together upon the wonderful adventure of marriage. May God bless their union with the very healthy nine fruits a day of Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self Control.

Very helpful fruity tips can be found at the following website: whose contributors include Tom Wright, the author of ‘Reflecting The Glory’, our Lent book this year.

As a way of saying thank you to Chris and to celebrate the time he’s spent here, we’re hosting a bring and share party on Monday June 8th from 6:00 pm till later, all are welcome, the more the better the send off.

Love Laura, Ken and Dawn.


Peter and Christine Padwick entertained us greatly with their theme ‘banned and forbidden’. It seems the BBC in the days before television were particularly strict concerning subjects which could not be mentioned. Life has now changed, summed up by them in the song ‘Anything Goes’. They kindly donated their fee to Parkinson’s UK.

Next month Ken Cope will talk about the new church website and related maters on Wednesday June 17th 2015.

Janet Dixon.

North West Group News

The Committee met on Thursday 23 April at Lancaster Road URC. The good news is that Lancaster Road now have a new minister and she will be Installed and Ordained at Bush Hill Park in July, and will be looking after the congregations at Lancaster Road, Bush Hill and Christ Church, Chase Side. We then exchanged and discussed our latest news, and checked that arrangements for the next United Service were in place and fixed dates for the next Committee Meeting and United Service.

Michael Dixon

St Mary Magdalene Parish Feast at Enfield Golf Club

Friday 17th July
7:00 pm for 7:30 pm

For more information and how to pay please use the form on the Contact page and email Gordon.

Carriages at 11:00 pm

Choose one from each course

First course
Warm bacon & tomato salad
Tempura prawns with sweet chilli dip
Melon fan and fruits of the forest

Main course
Grilled salmon, lobster & prawn sauce
Loin of pork with Dijon mustard sauce
Sautéed chicken chasseur

Pannacotta with fresh raspberries
Dutch Apple flan
Strawberry Mille feuille

Please advise your choices for this year's event.

If you know other folk who might like to come please let me know.

Vegetarian menu available

Janet Whelpdale

Rambling Group

Our walk on 10 May was inspired by the Patron and builder of our church, Georgiana Twells and her husband Philip in whose memory the church was built. We endeavoured to cover parts of Enfield that they knew and had helped to shape. We started by leaving the vicarage and walking down to the Town Park which was in effect the garden of Chase Side House, their house in Enfield, the site of which is occupied by the Enfield Town Library. It was then through the Market Square, stopping for ice cream at a handily placed van, through St Andrew’s Churchyard where Philip Twells was churchwarden for many years and on up to Lavender Hill Cemetery to visit their graves. Whilst there we also visited the grave of Sybil Clutton, a former prominent member of our congregation. With me on the Twells Pilgrimage today were Gordon, Jayne, Dave C, Yezi, Laura, Dawn and Malcom.

For our walk next month we will endeavour to ‘beat the bounds’ as closely as possible using footpaths and public rights of way. This is an ancient custom originating in Elizabethan time and associated with Ascension Day and Rogation tide when we pray for the crops and a good harvest. Meet at the Vicarage on Sunday 14 June, please make sure that you have your bus passes or oyster cards with you as appropriate. Anyone who is interested is welcome to join us.

Michael Dixon

Coffee Mornings

16 June
Bernard Quinn (a change from the original list)

21 July
Gordon and Jessica Giles

18 August
Mo and Malcolm Lunn

15 September
Laura and Ken Cope

20 October
Lilian and Colin Gibbens

17 November
June and Ron Carr

Thank you to them all for volunteering. I do hope many of you will manage to join us for at least some of these dates, especially as it will be our last year of supporting our dear friends at Imagine and all the wonderful work they do.

Judy Smith

Magazine Stapling Rota 2015/16

27 June 2015 Peter Lamb, Carol Lamb, Eleanor Pritchard

1 August 2015
Vic Harrington, Pam Hagan, Helen Clarke

29 August 2015
Arja Cutts, Val Hayes, Kate Bissett

26 September 2015
Ken and Laura Cope, Gill Bird

31 October 2015
Vic Harrington, Pam Hagan, Helen Clarke

28 November 2015
Peter Lamb, Carol Lamb, Eleanor Pritchard

2 January 2016
Vic Harrington, Pam Hagan, Helen Clarke

If you know of any lady or gentleman who would be able to help with stapling or if you are unable to keep the above dates please contact either Michael or Janet Dixon or Janet Whelpdale.

The Saint Mary Magdalene
Drama Group presents
William Shakespeare’s


Friday 5th and Saturday 6th June 2015 8:00 pm

St. Mary Magdalene Church Hall, Windmill Hill, Enfield

Please contact the Drama Group for tickets.

Tickets are not available for sale at the door.


We were very professionally entertained in May by the Serafini Ensemble which has now grown to four players. Their programme consisted of eighteenth century music, including Handel, played on a harpsichord, baroque flute, violin and cello.

In contrast, at 12:30 pm on Wednesday 10 June, St Monica’s School Choir will come and entertain us. Although Roddy Elmer has retired from the school he still goes in to help the choir. Do come along and support the children and perhaps enjoy the lunch at £3.00 available afterwards.

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Retiring Collection
Ploughman's Lunch £3.00, if required, in the Choir Vestry afterwards.

Eleanor Pritchard

Concert Programme for 2015

10th June
St Monica’s School - Choir

8th July
Nigel Blomily and the Anern Trio

August – No Concert

9th September
Catherine Leonard - Piano

14th October
Susannah Knight - Oboe

11th November
Sandra Sinclair - Viola

9th December TBA

News from St Luke’s

As part of their organ renovation project, St Luke's Clay Hill (Browning Road EN2) are holding two cheese, wine and organ evenings on Thursdays 11th & 18th June 2015 from 7:30 - 9:30 pm.

1. Make Yourself a Pipe Organ
Jeremy Sampson will give an interactive and very visual explanation about the various components of a pipe organ and how they fit together, using his Wooden One-Octave Organ For Young Technologists (WOOFYT). Some lucky people will be asked to help Jeremy connect the various components together and even to play the completed instrument!

2. Hear about the restoration at St Luke’s
Tarquin Wiggins, who has been rebuilding the organ, will tell us a little about the work that his firm undertook to renovate St Luke’s organ between February and May.

3. Listen to the restored organ being played
St Luke’s will be delighted to welcome several members of the Enfield and District Organists Association, who will play a series of pieces to show off the newly renovated and cleaned instrument.

4. View the Parish History
You will also be able to explore an exhibition about the history of Clay Hill parish and surrounding area since it was created in the mid-1850’s. This will be a rare opportunity to view photographs, documents and other memorabilia covering the last 150 years.

Admission to each evening will be free. However, any donations to St Luke’s Organ Fund will be gratefully received.

For further information, please contact:
Dr John Wright at St Luke’s