Magazine March 2017

Ash Wednesday 2017

Parish Magazine ~ March 2017

The Rev'd Dr Gordon Giles

Do you have a great wardrobe? Most people have a cupboard in their bedroom, with a rail and perhaps some chests of drawers too. But to a medieval king a wardrobe meant something slightly different, as it was a room close to the chamber in which they slept, in which their valuables (which included their fine robes and clothes), would be kept and guarded by his most trusted advisors. Thus ‘Wardrobe’ began to refer not only to the place and the contents, but the people involved. After 1200AD power struggles even arose between the ‘Chamber’ and the ‘Wardrobe’, which had nothing to do with clothes, but with access to and influence over the King. The Wardrobe became a flexible powerhouse, moving around with the King. Then, in 1253, the ‘Great Wardrobe’ came into being – great, meaning ‘big’, and it was big because it stored large items. Valuable commodities such as cloth, tapestries, clothing, furniture, saddles, armour and even caskets of sugar, spices, dried fruit and pepper needed permanent safe storage, and as the older ‘Wardrobe’ had become more of an administrative body, the ‘Great Wardrobe’ was created in the Tower of London.

With its fixed abode it became a place of not only storage, but the commissioning of items and it soon outgrew its confined location in the Tower. After a period of renting various spaces in the city, premises were found, in what is now Wardrobe Place, near the parish church of St Andrew by the Wardrobe. The armour and jewels were not moved there, remaining in the Tower, where they are still part of London’s top tourist attraction.

Our smaller cousins of the great wardrobe, in our bedrooms, surely do not contain pepper and swords, even if they might have a fine robe or two dangling from the rail! Our wardrobes may even be a bit too full – cheap clothing, some of which is produced under appalling conditions in far away countries where children work all day for meagre pay, abounds in the High Street. Furthermore the amount we actually spend on clothes is remarkable: a survey in 2014 revealed that the ‘average’ British woman; spends £1200 a month on clothes, shoes and accessories, which amounts to well over half a million pounds in a lifetime. Given that there many people who cannot contemplate such a spend, there must be many who spend far more. The wealth hanging inside some wardrobes is staggering. While some slave for the industry, others spend a fortune. Ordinary families have to budget very carefully for children’s clothing especially, because not only do clothes wear out, but we grow and change shape. Add fashions and trends into the mix and it is not hard to see how clothes join the premier league of household expense alongside food and energy. The latter two are necessities, and while clothes are not exactly unnecessary, lack of a full wardrobe will not kill us.

Jesus said to his disciples, “do not worry, saying, … ‘What will we wear?’… strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” His words ring across the centuries, for just as people have both worried about and enjoyed their clothing, there has been a great tradition of eschewing finery. Monastic communities have sworn vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, and the vow of poverty has meant that a monk or nun might only possess the robe they wear. Meanwhile in poorer times many people had no ‘spare’ clothes. Others might have had ‘Sunday best’, worn, ironically, for wearing to church, in a time when, as John Wesley put it, ‘cleanliness was next to Godliness’ and looking smart for worship was very much about both self-respect and respect for God.

Nowadays the charity shops have come to our aid. There are over 10,000 of them in the UK, and quite a few in Enfield. If your wardrobe is too full, or you are now bigger, or smaller than you were, you can take your unwanted or unwearable clothes to be sold cheaply or given to those in need. Around half of those on low incomes use charity shops to buy clothes, which means that a real need is met, but the shops themselves do it to raise money for their causes, and so recent years have seen some of their prices rise. A careful balance needs to be maintained so that everyone benefits.

For us, charity shops are a Godsend, because they enable us to put these words of Jesus’ into action. In attempting to seek the Kingdom of God we can help others twofold, by enabling people to buy cheap clothes and by giving the proceeds to a charitable cause who also help others, in curing disease, mental health or international aid. It is perhaps no coincidence that one of the first chains of charity shops, OXFAM, has a Christian heritage. Lent is a time for spiritual reflection; for self-examination, for poverty, chastity and obedience even. Examine your wardrobe, for it is a reflection of yourself. What no longer suits, or fits you? Give, generously, sacrificially and faithfully. For these are Kingdom values, and in the Lord our own needs will be met.


From the Parish Registers

23 January 2017
Kath Bower

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

Regular Weekly Events

Sunday8:00 amHoly Communion
10:00 amEucharist (Second Sunday in month Family Service)
6:30 pmEvensong (or other ‘special’ service)
Please see the Google calendar for any further information regarding Sunday Services
Monday10:00 amMattins (BCP)
Tuesday7:45-9:00 pmBell Ringing Practice
Wednesday8:30 pmDrama Group
Thursday10:30 amHoly Communion (BCP)
7:30 pmChoir Practice

Lent Course 2017

This year’s Lent Course is a little different:

Test of Faith: Does Science threaten belief in God?

The relationship between science and faith is often represented as a battleground. The claim is that science has pushed God into the margins. But is the truth more complex? Talking to leading scientist-believers, we probe the issues at the heart of this debate. Has science really murdered God? Or is the God question being redefined in new ways by science? Does the possibility of a Creator remain an ineradicable challenge?


Beyond Reason? – Science, faith and the universe
An Accident in the Making? – Creation, evolution and the environment
Is there anybody there? – The brain, freewill and ethics

These three programmes of half an hour each will inform a discussion and debate, created by the Faraday Institute as a Lent Course.

We shall meet in the Vicarage on Monday Evenings, 13, 20 and 27 March, at 8.15pm. Please sign up at the back of church, so I can order enough study guides. There will also be a daily reading book, for those who wish to read daily in Lent, but the course will not relate to that.

Gordon Giles

Date For Your Diary

Our next coffee morning will be held on Tuesday 21st March at Eleanor Pritchard’s, 12 The Glen from 10:45 am as usual. Do come along and perhaps sample the lovely lemon cake Eleanor makes - she will be very pleased to welcome you as we continue to raise funds for our organ.

Rita Barker


A group have been meeting at my home every two or three weeks to enjoy coffee or tea and then play recorders. We meet on Mondays from 11 am to 12 noon and it is a friendly and relaxed group. Perhaps you played the recorder at school or have never played before but fancy trying now, if so have a word with me.

Eleanor Pritchard


Psalm 23 for Busy People

The Lord is my Pace Setter, I shall not rush,
He makes me stop and rest for quiet intervals,
He provides me with images of stillness,
Which restore my serenity.

He leads me in ways of efficiency,
Through calmness of mind; and his guidance is peace.

Even though I have a great many things to accomplish each day,
I will not fret, for his presence is here.

His timelessness, his all-importance will keep me in balance.

He prepares refreshment and renewal in the midst of my activity,
By anointing my head with his oils of tranquility,
My cup of joyous energy overflows.

Surely harmony and effectiveness shall be the fruit of my hours,
for I shall walk in the pace of my Lord,
and dwell in his house for ever.

Toki Miyashina

Fellowship Programme 2017

March 15th - We will hear about the proposed building of an inpatient facility for the Noah’s Ark Hospice for children.

April 19th - WPC Michelle Carty, our Dedicated Ward Officer will be speaking to us about what her duties involve.

May 17th - Padwick and Ball (a collection for Cancer Research)

June 21 - The Reverend Ian Gallagher will talk about his former career in Musical Theatre.

July 19th - A possible visit and picnic at Middleton House Gardens or Forty Hall. (Transport by car TBA)

September 20th - Gordon Giles

October 18th - Jackie Fish with Speaker to be arranged

November 15th - Speaker to be arranged

December 20th - Christmas Lunch

Magazine Stapling Rota 2017

2 April 2017
Peter and Carol Lamb, Eleanor Pritchard

30 April 2017
Ken and Laura Cope, Gill Bird

4 June 2017
Vic Harrington, Pam Hagan, Helen Clarke

29 July 2017
Ju(Yezi) Lan Zhen, Fal Hayes

26 August 2017
Ken & Laura Cope, Gill Bird

23 September 2017
Peter & Carol Lamb, Eleanor Pritchard

21 October 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.

Lunchtime Recitals

A good sized audience came and listened to Gordon, our vicar, on flute and Roddy Elmer on piano and they were not disappointed. We were able to enjoy music from the 17th to 20th centuries. The last piece ‘Ski Girl’ by J Kennedy had been found by Tony Bushell and arranged by Roddy for piano and flute. It was a charming and novel way to end the concert.

At 12.30 pm on Wednesday, 8 March the Enfield Grammar School Jazz Band will play to us. If you are into Trad. Jazz or even if you are not, come along and support the young people. A light lunch will as usual be available afterwards for £3.50.

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 2017

8th March Enfield Grammar School ~ Jazz Group

12th April Sandra Sinclair ~ Viola

10th May The Anern String Trio

14th June Margaret Green and Roddy Elmer ~ voice and piano

12th July Catherine Leonard ~ piano

August No Concert

13th September Susannah Knight, Michael Lovejoy and Roddy Elmer
(oboe, violin and piano)

11th October Serafini Trio

8th November Olive Murray ~ voice

13th December Michael and Marion Smith ~ Organ & Piano


On Sunday 22 January the Group was invited to join with the Town LEP in their United Service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The service followed the growing pattern of Intercessions, Bible Readings and Hymn singing, with details of the Service being projected onto the walls as seems to be the modern trend. Lavish quantities of tea and cakes were available after the Service with helped promote fellowship among the congregation.

The Committee will next meet on Wednesday 8 March 2017 at St Michael’s and All Angels, Gordon Hill. The meeting will start at 8.00 pm.

Michael Dixon

Coffee Dates for your diary - 2017

Here is the rota for the monthly coffee mornings all Tuesdays except 20th November which is a Monday

March 21 ~ Eleanor Pritchard

April 18 ~ Alison Reeve

May 16 ~ June Carr

June 20 ~ Carol & Peter Lamb

July 18 ~ Maureen & Keith Rew

August 15 ~ Laura & Ken Cope

September 19 ~ Gordon & Jessica Giles

October 17 ~ Betty Buck

November 20* ~ Janet & Keith Whelpdale

December 19 ~ Rita Barker

* Please note this is a Monday

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