Magazine November 2018

2018 armistice exhibition

Parish Magazine ~ November 2018

The Rev'd Dr Gordon Giles

Dear friends,

Here are the words of a hymn written by Canon Rosalind Brown, who recently retired from Durham Cathedral:

Once we had dreams, dreams of a new beginning
When we had fought the war to end all war,
A world of peace, where people live in freedom,
A world where justice reigns for evermore.
And yet, and yet, each year as we remember
We know too well how subtly dreams can fade.

In this our world where peace is often fragile,
Where war and hatred grip, where children die,
Too easily our hearts are dulled to suffering,
Our ears are deafened to the hopeless cry;
We fail to grasp the call to be peace-makers,
We act in fear and let the vision fade.

Still we need dreams: O God, make us your dreamers,
Inflame our passion for a world made whole,
A world where love extends to all a welcome,
Where justice, like a powerful stream, will roll.
Come, Prince of Peace, our fading hope rekindle,
“Your kingdom come” we pray, let peace be made.

©Rosalind Brown 20/10/2000

Four years ago we began a period of Remembrance which brought into focus a series of events that encompassed the significant and tragic milestones of the Great War.  In 2014 we ‘marked’ the beginning of hostilities, avoiding any sense of celebration or even commemoration of the beginning of a war.  Subsequently we have observed anniversaries of particular and extended battles, of the Somme, of Verdun, Passchendaele, Ypres and others.  We have done so in a spirit of not only remembrance but reflection, regret and resolve.  We have remembered the sacrifice of the dead; we have reflected on human nature; we have regretted the calamitous carnage of war that seemed to begin rather than end all other wars, and we have resolved to strive to peace.  Yet current conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Africa remind us that the reality of world peace still requires an outpouring of co-operation and international understanding that remains elusive.

Nevertheless we now arrive at the centenary of an event that can and must be celebrated and commemorated in a spirit of hope.  As we revisit November 11th 1918 a lifetime later, we owe it to our predecessors and our successors, to make something new of this anniversary.  It is time to turn the page on the glorification of those who can no longer be with us to be thanked, and to reflect not only on what their legacy has been, but on what it can and will still be.  The First World War gave us Remembrance Sunday, a parting shot of peacefulness and hope whose echoes resonate loudly over the plains of peace and hills of war that have followed.  As we look back to 1918 we can sigh with relief that our reliving of the last four years is over, but we must also reflect on what the next century of remembrance should look and feel like, both in and outside of our churches.  The past lives in us, but we cannot live in the past.

Armistice Remembrance Sunday

From the Parish Registers

30th September 2018
Robin Ward,
Rupert Ward,
Elliot McAllister

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

For a PDF file of the Parish Magazine for this month please click here.

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

Remembrance and the Great War - Drama Group production

News from the Home Group

Along with nearly 250,000 other under 18’s, 12 year old Sydney Lewis being the youngest authenticated British soldier in WWI, (fighting at the Battle of the Somme), both my own and my husband’s respective maternal grandfathers, we know, as teenagers, also fought. My late mother would regularly recall how unnerving and alarming, as a child, she found the sound of the metal plate in her fathers leg. Particularly heard from her bed at night, as he climbed the stairs!  This centenary year of the end of the First World War and Armistice Day is also our RAF’s 100th year. In 1918 it was founded as a separate entity from the British Army and Royal Navy, becoming the world’s first independent air force.  From 1908, Hendon Aerodrome in Colindale, London, was an important centre for aviation. That year the British Army contracted American born entrepreneur, Samuel Franklin Cody, to design their first aeroplane. A biplane, British Army Aeroplane No.1 a.k.a. Cody 1, piloted by Cody, flew the first officially recognised powered and sustained flight in the United Kingdom, for a distance of 424 metres (1,390 feet). Primarily, aeronautics then, were undertaken by hot air balloon. Popular among the wealthy and a spectacle for crowds gathered on bank holidays. The infamous international Gordon Bennett balloon race, being the oldest balloon event, continues today.

By quite a contrast later in 1908, the distance of 1,798 km (1,117 miles), establishing the British long-distance in-flight record, was travelled by Air Commodore Edward Maitland. Who, with fellow balloonists Prof. Auguste E. Gaudron and Charles C. Turner, made the flight from Crystal Palace, London, to Meeki Derevi in Russia (now Zarasai in Lithuania), in 36.5 hours. For this historic flight aboard the Mammoth balloon, Maitland donned Burberry gabardine, trench coat suiting, to protect him from the severe hardships of cold at high altitude. Invented by Thomas Burberry, this innovative water repellent fabric was ideal for Army officer’s raincoats. More than half a million were made at Burberry’s Basingstoke factory during WWI.

The fashion style of 1908 was covered up. Women’s attire was ankle or full length, with skirts cinched in at the waists and large hats. Men wore bowlers with lounge suits, or top hats with formal morning dress. School leaving age was twelve, the cost of a pint of bitter in the pub was a penny and the average annual earnings were £70. A motorcar, most likely to be French, cost around £400. We adopted the term chauffeur, French for the professional driver. Lack of capital investment caused many British auto mobile manufacturing attempts to be short lived. Then the more affordable Model T Fords began to arrive from the USA. For the 50,000 or so who owned a car, petrol was 4.7p per litre.

It’s widely known that the 1908 Olympic Games were opened at White City, London, by the reigning monarch Edward VII and could be seen for as little as 12p. That Kenneth Grahame’s cherished, The Wind in the Willows, had its first publication. Also parliament approved Old-Age Pensions. The first state pension paid five shillings a week (worth around £14 today). It was limited to men aged over 70. The average life expectancy in Britain then was 47.

It’s little known that my paternal and my husband’s maternal grandmothers were both born in 1908; mine living until a few weeks before her 101st birthday. Britain’s current oldest men, Robert Weighton, one of seven children and Alf Smith, one of six; now living with his daughter Irene, who’s only 80. These two were not only also born in 1908 but on the same day as each other. Having turned 110 this year, they are now supercentenarians! Another 80 year-old, Deidre, is daughter to the UK’s oldest living person, Grace Catherine Jones, one of eight children. When commenting upon celebrating her recent 112th birthday, she said, “I still feel the same as I did when I was 60”!

RAF Hendon closed in 1987, the sites museum was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1972. This year it underwent a major transformation, incorporating three new galleries, exploring the first 100 years of the RAF. Now known as the RAF Museum London, it also has a First World War in the Air exhibition. Thus, presenting an appropriate and opportune time for a Home Group outing. As well as being enthusiastic about flight, from admiring birds and insects, to flying kites and having personally experienced exhilarating high velocity manoeuvres in a helicopter, and claustrophobic, nauseous light aircraft flights over Northamptonshire. A beautifully sublime glide over Dunstable Downs and relishing the taking off and landing, my favourite part, of numerous commercial flights. As a family we also enjoyed numerous visits to the museum during our 18 years living nearby. I’m looking forward to revisiting, particularly in consideration to aerial advances and developments. With over 70 different aircraft designed during WWI, from fledgling air reconnaissance, “eyes in the sky”, for spotting, ranging and photography. To identifiable military markings, two-seaters, allowing Morse code transmissions and the use of primitive parachutes to save pilots.

No Home Group meeting on Monday 5 November.

Friday 9 November: RAF Museum London visit.
Meeting at Enfield Chase station for 09:30.

Film Night 19 November.

No Home Group meeting on Monday 26 November.

Thursday 29 November: Annual Winter Wonderland visit. Departing after Holy Communion service.

God bless. Love Laura, Ken and Dawn Cope

Bathroom Stall

As usual this will be run by the choir at the Christmas Fair which is on 8 December. If you have any donations, please pass them to a choir member.

Thank you

Eleanor Pritchard

Lost Property

A member of the congregation has lost a silver key and a leather pen case, they believe in church grounds, could you please let one of the Churchwardens, David Bird, Sally Elphick or Gordon know if you come across these items.

Quiz Night

Travellers Towards Paradise


Departure: at any time

Arrival: when God wants


1st class: innocence or martyrdom
2nd class: penitence or trust in God
3rd class: repentance and resignation


  1. There are no pleasure trips.
  2. There are no round-trip tickets
  3. Children do not pay, as long as they remain on the lap of their mother the Church
  4. Please do not bring any luggage other than that of good works, if you do not want to lose the train or be delayed at the second-to-last station.

This timetable applies in every season, for all places, to all people

Not even sovereigns can separate a special train for themselves

From a print dated 1899 from the Holy Hermitage of Camaldoli – poppi Arezzo, Italy

Harvest to Advent events

Dates for Your Diary

Our next coffee morning for the organ fund will be held by Maureen & Keith Rew on Tuesday 20th November at 7 Holywell Lodge, 130 The Ridgeway and they would be delighted to see lots of you there.

Following on into December our Christmas coffee morning will once again be held by Rita at 3 Anabelle Court, Slades Hill on Tuesday 18th December and, as is now our custom, besides coffee & cake etc. we will be singing Christmas carols round the tree accompanied by Eleanor on keyboard and Gordon on flute - I also will be delighted to see dozens of you there to round of another very successful year of fund raising.

Rita Barker

Magazine Stapling Rota 2018/19

(10 am Saturday morning in the Church or earlier as arranged)

1 December 2018
Ju (yezi) Lan Zhen, Shivane

5 January 2019
Eleanor Pritchard, Gill Bird

26 January 2019
Peter Lamb, Carol Lamb

If you know of any lady or gentleman who would be able to help with stapling, or if you are unable to keep any of the above dates, please contact either Michael or Janet Dixon (8363 038) or Janet Whelpdale (8363 5410)

Lunchtime Recitals

A large audience appreciated the Serafini Baroque Ensemble who played for us in October. They produced a beautiful mellow tone with the harpsichord sound, the violin, cello and wooden baroque flute playing, of course, Baroque music.

At 12.30 pm on 14 November, Maron and Michael Smith will play music on the piano and hopefully organ. Michael was our organist and choir master in the 1980s and also directed the popular Windmill singers. Do join us and stay for lunch if you wish.

Eleanor Pritchard

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Retiring Collection
Ploughman’s Lunch £3.50, if required, in the Choir Vestry afterwards
Do come along if you are free. Ploughman’s lunch with hot soup will be available afterwards at the very reasonable price of £3.50.

Concert Programme For 2018

14th November - Michael and Marion Smith ~ organ and piano

12th December - Carols from The Cambridge Carol Book

Fellowship News and Programme for 2018

November 21st - Dot Anderson will give us a demonstration of a flower arrangement.

December 19th - We will be celebrating with our usual Christmas Lunch at at the Enfield Golf Club, 12.30pm for 1pm.

December Magazine

Items for the December 2018 edition to the editor by Sunday 18 November.
Please use the magazine section of the pigeon-holes or email to

Handel’s Messiah - Come and Sing

Enfield Choral Society
in association with St Mary Magdalene Church, Enfield
and the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers
Charity concert in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society

7.30pm, 2 March 2019 at St Mary Magdalene, Windmill Hill, Enfield

Enfield Choral Society will be performing Handel’s Messiah, on Saturday 2 March 2019, and they would like to invite other singers to join them on a come and sing basis.

Singers will need to:

  1. Have a good knowledge of Handel’s Messiah
  2. Attend a number of rehearsals as follows:
    • (a) On afternoon of Saturday 2nd March 2019 at St Mary Magdalene’s and
      (b) Either Thursday evening rehearsal at the venue on 28th February 2019
      Or the previous three Tuesday rehearsals, 7.30-9.30pm at St Stephen’s Church Hall, Bush Hill Park, EN1 2EU on 12th, 19th and 26th February.
  • It will be free to take part, apart from £20 returnable deposit for loan of the score, but singers can, if they wish, make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society.

    Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis up to a maximum number of singers for each voice part.

    All proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Society due to the kindness of a sponsor.

    If you are interested, please email or call, stating voice part.

    Text: 07905 815959

    If you would like to take part and have not previously sung Handel’s Messiah, Enfield Choral Society is also offering temporary membership for the Messiah rehearsals (Tuesdays from 23rd October 2018 to 6th November 2018; then every Tuesday from 8th January 2019 to the concert). Charge for equivalent of one term: £60. Contact: as above.

    2018 Carols for All