Magazine April 2016

Confirmation with Bishop Rob Wickham

Parish Magazine ~ April 2016

Christ is Risen, Alleluia!
He is risen indeed, Alleluia!

The Rev'd Dr Gordon Giles

Dear friends,

We are Easter people and Alleluia is our song…

We have walked the walk and talked the talk, we have sung the songs and prayed the prayers and at least attempted to keep the Lenten Faith. I don’t know whether your 46 days of Lent were 46 days of work or play - but what they certainly could have been is 46 days to pray. But at any rate, now it is all over. Christ is risen. The disciples thought it was all over - but it is now. Christ is risen. Which actually means a new beginning, not an ending. All endings are beginnings, something new takes the place of something past - and this is true whether we like it or not. Time only goes in one direction, and the further we walk along her linear journey, the more we see behind us and the less ahead. Except that Easter gives us a new way to talk about that linear journey along which we walk all our lives. For while we can so easily say that Lent is past and Easter is upon us - and that is true for sure - it is also true that Easter is always with us - every day is Easter Day. At every eucharist we say ‘Christ has Died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again’. It is all happening at once!

But while time only goes in one direction, Easter is a point from which we can look in all directions: up, down, forwards and back. Easter is truly a Cross-shaped event, for we can look in four dimensions in all directions. Firstly, backwards - behind us. We look over our shoulders and see the pathway of Lent that we have walked, stretching behind us in the rear view mirror. As we take our eyes off the rear-view mirror and look forwards through the windscreen ahead, blinded by the new dawn, we see the road of hope ahead, straight and true. And if we look up through the sunroof, we see the heavenly, resurrection light, leading us, kindly, hopefully, surely. For in resurrection hope we are sure of foot, whether driving, or walking! And if we look down we can see that - we see the feet of a disciple, always called forward in faith, hope and love. For this is what Easter is truly about.

So it is not all over: at this Cross-roads, once again, it is just the beginning.

So may your Easter be a time of renewal, resurrection and rejoicing!

Christ is Risen, Alleluia! He is risen indeed, Alleluia!


From the Parish Registers

3 March 2016
Ronald Frederick Carr

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

Christian Aid Week 2015 - 15th-21st May

It is now not that many weeks away and is time to start thinking about the ways in which you can contribute. If you are not a collector yet, maybe this is the year to become one. Maybe you feel you could just deliver envelopes but not collect. Maybe you feel you could not cover complete roads but just a few houses near where you live. Any additional collecting to what is already done could make a big difference.

If you have any concerns or queries or want to talk about how you can help do ask either of us.

Thank you.

Alison Reeve

Christian Aid Logo

Why Christian Aid?

We know Jesus challenges us to love our neighbour. At Christian Aid, we believe he meant our global neighbour too.

Because of God’s commitment to justice and love for the poor, we can't sit back and allow poverty to thrive. So together, as thousands of Christian Aid churches, supporters, partners and staff, we work hard to save lives now and inspire lasting hope for the future. We each bring what we have - our energy, our voices, our influence, our money, our time, our talents, our prayer and our worship - and use them to work towards a world that looks more like God’s Kingdom.

Coming together really works

We continually witness how giving, acting and praying brings about great transformation in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and Latin America and the Caribbean. In emergency situations and committed, long-term development, we tackle the causes and the symptoms of poverty across the globe. We choose our partners on the ground carefully, working with all kinds of local groups who see great need, and are innovative and effective in helping communities to change their situations.

How we spend every pound

For every pound we raise, we put 86p directly into fighting poverty.

Another 13p goes back into fundraising, so we can raise the next pound. The last penny pays for our governance costs, associated with the general running of the charity, ensuring we can keep going to help more people out of poverty for good.

We want to help equip your church to be Christ’s hands and feet in the world today. With everything from small group discussions, sermon notes, prayers, and youth group sessions to trained speakers, we're ready to support you in any way possible as you seek to love your global neighbours as a church.


The next Traidcraft stall will be
Sunday 17th April
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.

Alison Reeve


Lunchtime Recitals

The Grammar School Senior Jazz Band played to us in their usual entertaining way at the March recital playing a selection of Jazz standards - I am always impressed by the way they present themselves.

For something quite different come along at 12.30 am on Wednesday 13 April to hear Nigel Blomily, a professional cellist, who for some years has played to us at St Mary Magdalene. His friend Guthrie will play the piano with him. Lunch, of course, will be available afterwards.

Eleanor Pritchard

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Retiring Collection
Ploughman’s Lunch £3.50, if required, in the Choir Vestry afterwards

Concert Programme For 2016

13 April
Nigel Blomily - Cello Guthri

11 May
Sandra Sinclair - Viola

8 June
St Monica’s Catholic Primary School Choir

13 July
Jonathan Newby - Piano

14 September
Serafini Ensemble

12 October
Catherine Leonard - Piano

9 November
Luca Luciano - Clarinet

14 December
Marion and Michael Smith - Piano and Organ

Parish Concert

Don’t be shy! Whatever your age or talent come and share it at this year’s Parish Concert - sing, dance, play, act, or recite etc for five minutes. It is always a relaxed, happy occasion which begins early to make it family friendly. Come along and support it. Afternoon tea will follow.

Please speak to me if you can contribute.

Thank you.

Eleanor Pritchard

Plants, Cakes etc.

On Saturday 21 May at 10.00 am there is to be a Spring Fair which will be a little different this year. Plants and Cakes will as usual be available and your help is required in helping to provide some for sale.

Geraniums, Fuchsias and tomato plants etc will be available but if you can bring along any other plants for sale we will be grateful.

Ann Tivnann & Eleanor Pritchard

Drama Group Radio Times Three

Dates for your diary - Coffee Mornings/Evenings

As I expect you all know throughout this year we will be raising money for St Mary’s Organ Fund and it would be good if you will please put the following dates in your diary - they are all third Tuesday in the month & are coffee mornings unless otherwise stated.

19th April ~ Kate & Bob Bissett

17th May to be arranged

21st June ~ Judy & Michael Smith - Cheese/wine 7:00 pm

19th July ~ Carol & Peter Lamb

16th August ~ Bernard Quinn

20th Sept ~ Alison & Paul Reeve - Cheese/wine 7:00 pm

18th October ~ Lilian & Colin Gibbens

15th Nov ~ Pam & Vic Harrington

20th Dec ~ Rita Barker

Hope to see you at all or some of these events.

Rita Barker


Programme for 2016

May ~ Julie Daniel, ‘Community Finance and Credit Union’

June ~ ‘Panacea Senior Care’

July ~ ‘Bring and Share Picnic Lunch’ in our church garden, weather permitting.

September ~ The Revd Dr Gordon Giles

October ~ The Revd Jackie Fish

November ~ The wonderful Padwick and Ball team return with new material.

December ~ A Pub Lunch locally.

Maureen Lunn


The Southgate Symphony Orchestra will be presenting a live concert of Germanic classical music on Saturday 16 April 2016 at 7:30 pm at Southgate (The Bourne) Methodist Church, Bourne Hill, Southgate, N14 6RS. Tickets - adult £14, Concessions £15, children under 18 £5. Ticket price includes programme and interval refreshments. For more information contact Eleanor Pritchard, 12 The Glen, EN2 7BZ, Telephone 020 8363 9029.

Fabulous Frinton

A much enjoyed event, by so many, in the past. Frinton is a lovely seaside spot having a large sandy beach with room for games and competitions including sand castle building. The date this year is Friday 29th July (first week of the school holidays) We would travel there and back by coach and the cost would be between £12 and £15 per seat, according to how many sign up - the more who come the cheaper it will be.

The coach cannot be booked until there is a clear idea of how many will be going. If you would like to be included please let Alison Reeve know. You can bring any of your friends and family - grandparents, grandchildren, cousins, aunts and uncles… but children must be accompanied by an adult.

Up And Coming Events For Your Diary

10 ~ Confirmation Service with Bishop Robert 10:00

5 ~ Ascension Day Service 10:30
7 ~ Parish Concert 17:00
15 ~ Pentecost United Service 18:00
21 ~ Spring Fair 10:00
26 - 28 ~ Drama Production 20:00

7 ~ Cheese and Wine at Judy and Michael’s 19:00
12 ~ Enfield Town Walk 14:30
26 ~ Parish Picnic in Hall Garden 12:00

9 ~ Barbecue at Alison and Paul’s 16:00
17 ~ Patronal Festival with Bishop Robert followed by reception in the hall 10:00
29 ~ Day Trip to Frinton 9:00
31 ~ Parish Picnic in Hall Garden 12:00

8 - 11 ~ Launde Abbey Retreat
28 ~ Parish Picnic in Hall Garden 12:00

Magazine Stapling Rota 2016

30 April 2016
Ken and Laura Cope, Gill Bird

4 June 2016
Vic Harrington, Pam Hagan, Helen Clarke

2 July 2016
Ju(Yezi) Lan Zhen, Val Hayes, Kate Bissett

6 August 2016
Ken and Laura Cope, Gill Bird

3 September 2016
Peter and Carol Lamb, Eleanor Pritchard

1 October 2016
Vic Harrington, Pam Hagan, Helen Clarke

5 November 2016
Ju(Yezi) Lan Zhen, Val Hayes, Kate Bissett

3 December 2016
Ken and Laura Cope, Gill Bird

7 January 2017
Peter and Carol Lamb, Eleanor Pritchard

4 February 2017
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.

Ron Carr RIP

Ron CarrRon was one the first people I met when I came here in January 2003. Actually I met him before that, not here, but in the Vicarage. For Ron was one of a handful of people who responded to the plea for all hands to the deck to help decorate the Vicarage before we actually moved in. Now, my family and I are very fortunate to live in such a lovely - and indeed large house, that the vicarage is, but in need of decoration as it was, and opportunely empty, it was still a tall order. And one of those who responded to the call, was a tall man - our dear Ron. For Ron, as Adrian has already told us, was a very practical man, always happy to ‘do’ things, and rather good at it too. As I recall he painted at least one room almost single-handedly, and very efficiently. He truly was a godsend, who just got on with the job in hand in the midst of a hive of activity.

So that was how I met Ron, and this was by no means the only way in which he did things for the church. Other painting jobs, in the halls and kitchens fell under his brush, and he was also very particular and very thorough when any issue about insurance came up! The draconian and thoroughly watertight contract that he made me make Hall users sign will always be part of his legacy! Bring a bouncy castle into our church hall at your peril - and make sure your peril is insured, indemnified and covered against the end of the world! Everything I know about insurance I learned from Ron - even if I didn’t want to know!

And Ron was always working for people, whether clearing the church garden, organizing bazaars at St Stephen’s, Bush Hill Park, or indeed roping his friends into the local Probus Club. Unfortunately, as you know, Ron’s ability to do things was hampered by the Parkinson’s’ he suffered from from this last ten years, and this was indeed frustrating to him and those around him. But he always maintained and took an interest.

Ron CarrRon had what we might call humble beginnings. Born in Hornsey, he was brought up in Muswell Hill. He had a younger sister, Doris, born in 1934. She died in 2012. During the War, Ron was evacuated three times - firstly up to Cambridge - where the local children had school in the morning and the evacuees in the afternoon! Then he was sent to Blaenavon in Wales (that’s where the Big Pit is) and there he went to school on roller skates! And then, thirdly he went to Irchester where he passed the scholarship exams and went to Wellingborough Grammar School. Then back home he attended Tollington Grammar in Muswell Hill where he played basketball, football and cricket.

Ron did his National Service in the RAF. He trained as a mechanic and serviced the lorries - this of course explains his lifelong interest in servicing his cars - June remembers having an engine on the kitchen table while he did a decoke!

Ron studied insurance by correspondence course, and so a year after demob he was able to join Royal Insurance and gained his ACII and FCII - these are the equivalent of a degree. He worked in Knightsbridge and Piccadilly and eventually opened a Royal Insurance office in Hertford. When they moved to Watford he took early retirement but was then offered a place in an insurance brokers, also in Hertford.

Ron CarrRon and June got married in 1959 and they bought their first house in Amberley Road in Bush Hill Park. Adrian was born in 1963 and Sarah in 1968, and then a year later the family moved to Longleat Road. You’ll not be surprised to hear that Ron was always busy there - gardening, decorating and supporting St Stephen’s Church, not only running the Christmas Bazaar, but painting the scout hut and running jumble sales.

In 2009 Ron was diagnosed with Parkinson’s but it became clear its onset could be traced back to 2006 when he started dragging his feet when carrying the cross in church. A home moved followed - after 43 years in their family home Ron and June moved to the lovely rooftop flat in Village Road where they enjoyed life at a more leisurely pace. So it was indeed a surprise to us all when Ron died 2 weeks ago after a very short illness. As Adrian has said, it was a terrible shock, because there were no indications, and so final goodbyes were not possible. Being here today brings that into sharper focus again, I’m sure.

Which means that we really must focus on two things:

Firstly, the good we saw and had in Ron - the many happy memories, the long life together - the things to remember and cherish and will continue to, after we say farewell today.

And the other thing we hold onto is the hope of resurrection life into which we commit him today.

This is a Christian funeral, for a Christian man. Some funerals are bleak occasions, simply gatherings at which to say goodbye, sorry and thank you. We do that today, of course, but we have so much more to say and do than at a secular funeral. For a Christian Funeral is marked by something that no other can be - and that is hope. Not only hope, of course, but faith, hope and love. These are the three things - the three enduring things that you can take with you when you go - and indeed which you can leave behind too. We heard about these three in our reading, and we often hear about them at weddings - not surprisingly because weddings - and marriages are about love. Ron and June - and with Sarah and Alan, Adrian and Maria too, you have shared a great deal of love over so many years as a family. We celebrate this today.

But here as we give thanks for Ron, and say farewell at this his funeral, it is the hope that shines out. Love for weddings, hope for funerals, and faith to link them together. For the hope we have for Ron - and for ourselves as disciples of Christ with him, is the hope of eternal resurrection life offered, promised and made sure in our Lord Jesus Christ. Hope and love are the foundations of faith, into which Christians are baptized and in which they are sent on their way at the end of a life lived in hope and faith and love too. For as we commend Ron to God in a few minutes’ time we shall do so in sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life in our Lord Jesus Christ. And we shall carry him out to the words of the Nunc Dimittis. “Lord, let your servant depart in peace, for my eyes have seen your salvation”.

It’s what an old man called Simeon said 2000 years ago and we say it still. And while this is Ron’s funeral during which we celebrate his life and sing hymns suitable for him, there is also a sense in which what we do for him is the same as for any Christian. We treat everyone the same - treat everyone the same as unique in the eyes of God, and beloved by God. So it is we affirm the sameness and the uniqueness of every Christian. And it is all marked by, and held together by this faith, hope and love.

So it is that we say farewell to Ron today.

We thank him, and we thank God for him.

We weep at his loss.

But we rejoice at the salvation in Jesus Christ, that is for him, and us, now and into all eternity.

So it is, in faith, hope and love, we say to Ron and to ourselves:

Rest in peace, and rise in Glory. Amen.

The Revd Dr Gordon Giles, St Mary Magdalene, Enfield, 3/3/16