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Holy Innocents MMagazine a y / J u n e 2017


Contact Details: Vicar:

Rev’d Natasha Woodward

020 8204 7531 [email protected] Twitter: @kingsburyvicar Ass. Curate (Deacon) Rev’d Samual Hameem 07481 753 258 Hon. Asst. Curate: Rev’d Angela Hopkins 020 8907 1045 Parish Reader: Pat Beazley 020 8723 0243 Pastoral Assistant: Carl Berry 020 8204 3451 Parish Administrator: Dianna Wong 020 8205 4089 (9:30am-12pm Tues & Thu) [email protected] Churchwardens: Domino Champe 020 8200 1004 Judy Hubert 020 8205 8290 PCC Treasurer: Macaulay Ndukwe 020 8205 7248 Gift Aid Officer: Julia Day 020 8204 6157 Children’s Society: Mary Dutson 020 8930 2653 Hall Bookings: Caroline Pascoe 07773 122 067 Brownies: Peggy Brand 020 8205 7597 Mothers Union Liz Holmes 020 8205 6139 Magazine Editor: Pat Dutson 020 8930 2653 Magazine Contributions: [email protected] Church Website


Front Cover by Simon Dutson

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Weekly Services: Sunday: Wednesday: Thursday: Friday:

08:30am Said Eucharist 10:00am Sung Eucharist 08:30am Morning Prayer 10:00am Said Eucharist 08:30am Morning Prayer

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Contributions No publishable offer will be refused. It will greatly assist the editorial team if all contributions were typed in

Microsoft Word and supplied by email to [email protected] If you do not have email, don’t worry. Typed or handwritten copy will suffice. We will adapt. Deadline for submission is two weeks before the start of the month in which the magazine is to be published. The intention is to produce a magazine bimonthly in January, March, May, July, September, November. 2

Editor’s Notes

As the sun crept above the horizon on Easter morn, a new dawn chorus broke over Kingsbury. The rescheduled 8 o’clock service was held a little earlier than normal. Adding colour was Clive Brand in a garish and very green short sleeved outfit despite the plunging temperature. Adding heat was the symbolic bonfire from which the Easter candle was lit. Afterwards we breakfasted on bacon rolls, toast, croissants and pastries. Even though it is held at an hour many people only hear rumours of, this is a meaningful and uplifting service to start the new church year. Unfortunately it was followed by the shootings in Paris. The service might have been even more moving if it had been held a couple of weeks earlier. As you will have noticed, the Gas Board recently excavated in a number of places to the front of and even inside the church, to locate and repair a leaking mains. One of these excavations was where we habitually build the bonfire. Pentecost might have come early this year. ******************************************** Another year on and the magazine is still fun to produce. Although we manage to fill the pages, we would still like to have more of the personal element. We know groups meet from time to time, and people do things that should be of interest to us all. A few words and perhaps a photograph is all we ask for. We need to let readers outside the church know we are active and diverse in our interests. Which rather neatly leads me to the article by Julie Panayiotou. Our regular columnist, Miss May B, is currently away. Julie had mentioned to me that having a ‘famous’ surname had

attracted attention. After some pestering she agreed to write a short piece about her experiences for the magazine. This led me to wonder if any of us have links with the famous. The more tenuous the better! Some years ago I had to survey a house owned by a Mr B May. I was unaware until he opened the door that this was Brian May of the rock group Queen. Frustratingly, there is some unexplained biological process that disengages the brain from the mouth in such circumstances. Let’s hear your stories. ******************************************** Finally, many congratulations to Judy Hubert for correctly guessing the identity of the mystery trumpeter, Louis Armstrong, profiled in the last edition of the magazine. It seems that no other reader knew who we were talking about. If you did, you should have said so earlier! In the meantime, Judy is entitled to blow her own trumpet for being our star winner. Pat Dutson


For the Diary Friday 12th May 11:30 at Church Julian Group To learn about and practise silent prayer in the Christian tradition ________________________________ Saturday 20th May 11:00 - 14:00 Church Hall May Market Please see article on page 11 ________________________________ Tuesday 23rd May 10:15 Venue to be confirmed Mothers’ Union prayer morning followed by coffee and a talk by Dr David Darling about his time as a hosptial Chaplain ________________________________ Thursday 25th May 10am at Church Ascension Day - Eucharist ________________________________ Tuesday 13th June 19:00 St Paul’s Mothers’ Union Festival Service ________________________________ Sunday 18th June 15:15 at St Paul’s Catherdral The vicar will be the guest preacher at Choral Evensong ________________________________ Sunday 25th June Church canal outing PLease see article on page 10 ________________________________ Friday 30th June 19:00 St Peter’s Ealing Our curate Rev’d Samuel Hameem will be ordained priest. Everyone is welcome


Vicar’s Letter Samuel’s Ordination

Promises from the ordination of priests in the Church of England Will you be diligent in prayer, in reading Holy Scripture, and in all studies that will deepen your faith and fit you to bear witness to the truth of the gospel?

It was with great delight that we received the news that our curate, Rev’d Samuel Hameem, will be ordained priest by the Bishop of Willesden at the end of June. Samuel arrived at Holy Innocents nearly two years ago from Pakistan, where he already served the Anglican church as a deacon. Samuel, Sabeeha, Myla and Helbah have fast become loved members of the Holy Innocents community.

Will you lead Christ's people in proclaiming his glorious gospel, so that the good news of salvation may be heard in every place? Will you faithfully minister the doctrine and sacraments of Christ as the Church of England has received them, so that the people committed to your charge may be defended against error and flourish in the faith?

Having priests who are ordained by bishops is a distinctive feature of the Anglican Church (along with Roman Catholics, Orthodox and some others). While clearly the earliest church wouldn’t have had such formal structures as we have now, 2000 years later we recognise certain roles are particularly essential to the life of the church, and so the church requires those who are called to serve in those roles to make life-long promises. At a practical level having priests ordained by bishops provides a structure, which means that clergy can be trained, deployed, and disciplined over a wide area.

Will you, knowing yourself to be reconciled to God in Christ, strive to be an instrument of God's peace in the Church and in the world? Will you endeavour to fashion your own life and that of your household according to the way of Christ, that you may be a pattern and example to Christ's people?

But at a deeper level, having ordained priests provides a focus and an encouragement for the true priesthood of all believers. If you look at the promises printed in the box, there are very few things that priests promise to do that aren’t part of the calling of all Christians – in making their vows, priests are promising to offer their own lives to enable others in their Christian journey.

Will you work with your fellow servants in the gospel for the sake of the kingdom of God?

It takes many years of preparation to get to the point of ordination – and so as Samuel prepares for his ordination, I am wondering, who is next? Who might be ready to start thinking about possibly serving the church in ordained or another sort of ministry? For the future we need people to come forward to offer themselves as priests, licensed lay ministers, pastoral assistants, and other local forms of service. Each one of these people starts out as an ‘ordinary’ person in the pews – could it be you?

Will you accept and minister the discipline of this Church, and respect authority duly exercised within it? Will you then, in the strength of the Holy Spirit, continually stir up the gift of God that is in you, to make Christ known among all whom you serve?

If you are interested in finding out more, get in touch for a no obligation conversation! Best wishes, Natasha PS You can look up the ordination service which the promises come from online at www.churchofengland.org/prayer-worship/ worship/texts/ordinal/priests.aspx


Maurice Leslie Rance

24th February 1926 – 19th February 2017 The Eulogy given by John Rance on Tuesday 14th March 2017


e are here to remember and celebrate a life that spanned over 90 years, that has experienced many highs and magic moments but also some sad and distressing lows, but as always with Maurice, bourne in a calm and dignified manner. Most of you here knew him in the later years of his life and perhaps unaware of his younger, pre-NW9 days, activities and achievements.


Born in Chesham in 1926 to Tom and Elizabeth, he was an only child until at the age of 12, a baby – me – was taken in by the family and later adopted. As I grew up, I was always accepted by Maurice as his true kid brother and taken as part of the family. Even from those early days he was my mentor and guide, something I am pleased and proud to say remained through our life. He went to a the local primary school before gaining a scholarship to Dr Challoner’s Grammar School in Amersham where he was able to play lots of sports. As this was during the war years when schools were evacuated from London due to the bombing, he had only to attend classroom lessons in the morning to let the other schools have the afternoon sessions. So at school he excelled at cricket ( a medium fast swing bowler) football ( a flying right winger with a fierce shot, not so good with the left and not keen on heading the ball – they were hard leather in those days) and athletics, cross country being his specialty.

I suppose this was a typical sign of Maurice, a true, first and foremost family man; the family came first whatever the situation. He was not by any means an ambitious person, but was always there if needed, hart to be part of the team, content to be in the background but ready to step in to help when needed. He always said he was lucky that he had an interesting job which he had enjoyed and allowed an early retirement after completing 40 years in service. He lead an active retirement over 30 years; happy in the garden, home decorating to his usual high standards, still going back to the city to play darts in the London business league in which he was a leading player for over 50 years. On looking back, one could say that Maurice had lead a simple life, but in its way a truly memorable one, a wonderful partnership with Pam all these 60 years, a family to be proud of in Virginia and Chris, and two very special grandchildren in Genieve and Nick who I am sure will carry on in the tradition in the ways he has shown them.

Whilst at school he was a member of the Church Lads Brigade, blowing the bugle in the band, and then in I suppose we all have our own special memories of the Air Training Corp where he became a glider pilot Maurice. Last year Pam and Maurice came to Cheshat RAF Halton and getting his flying certificate. am by train and we had a drive around town and literally drove down memory lane, going back to the old He left school in 1946 and went to work for the North family home, pass the schools he went to, and recalled British and Mercantile Insurance Company who were old sights where the cinemas had been and the dance based in Newlands Park, Chalfont St. Peter, having halls and saw all the new builds which had replaced evacuated their London offices. Then came the first various landmarks and green spaces. True nostalgia of his lows, despite his athletic prowess, he failed his with Maurice reliving parts of his past. Pan then wrote medical to go into the RAF on the grounds of a weak to me saying how much they had enjoyed the day and heart, bitterly disappointed that he could not join his that on the train, Maurice had pointed out to her the colleges and class mates in the services. many changes on the journey that he used to make in his commuting days. However he continued with his sporting activities and his success on the track in 440 and 880 yeard races led The other memory I shall always remember, and I’m him to be invited to take part in the Olympic torch sure many of you will have experienced was when dinrelay at the 1948 games. He carried the torch for a 2 ing out whenever ordering his favourite meal, whethmile stretch on its journey to Torquay for the sailing er his beloved roast beef or steak or the famous fish events between Litytlewick Green and Knowle Hill, and chips, was NO PEAS. This I think summed Maunear Maidenhead. Maurice was allowed to keep his rice up: he knew what he wanted, he enjoyed what he torch which sits proudly in his sitting room. was doing, he enjoyed people’s company and always had pleasant memories of the past. Maurice’s sporting career was sadly injured by a serious injury on the football field, resulting in a carti- The reading we have just heard from Graham (1 Corlage operation and a long convalescence – there was inthians 13, 2-13) I think really tells us everything no keyhole surgery those days in 1950’s. This setback about Maurice and Pam, he deeply loved Pam and his however saw the start of another sport into his life as family and friends and by seeing you gathered here he became acquainted with an attractive girl in the of- today, that love was returned by all of us. fice, resulting in a very successful partnership lasting 60 momentous years! Pam and Maurice were married in July 1956 and moved to Kingsbury where Virginia was born in 1960 and Peter in 1962. Maurice was a useful handy man and very much a jack of all trades, a DIY exponent, something taught to him in his early wartime experiences when he experienced in stretching the weekly rations of the butter and egg allowances with powdered egg and milk to last beyond the normal 2 or 3 days.


Cooks’ Corner

Thanks to Judy for making these tasty apple and cinnamon slices and teabread. I asked for the recipes so think about all the sugar you WON’T be eating!

This delicious loaf is very easy to make and with 10-12 slices, it will last you quite a while. Guess what hot drink it goes great with a cup of? That’s right. Coffee! Ingredients • 175g (6oz) ready-to-eat dried apricots, chopped • 175g (6oz) ready-to-eat dried figs, chopped • 115g (4oz) sultanas • 115g (4oz) light brown soft sugar • 225ml (8fl oz) strong hot brewed (strained) tea (such as Darjeeling or breakfast tea) • 2 large eggs, beaten • 1 tsp finely grated orange zest • 225g (8oz) self-raising wholemeal flour • 2 tsp ground mixed spice 1. Combine dried fruit and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add hot tea; mix well. Cover and leave to soak at room temperature for at least 8 hours or overnight, until fruit is plumped up. 2. Preheat oven to 180ºC/160ºC fan/gas mark 4. Grease and line a 900g (2lb) loaf tin; set aside. 3. Stir eggs and orange zest into soaked fruit mixture; add flour and mixed spice, mixing well. Turn mixture into prepared loaf tin; level surface. Bake in oven for 45–60 minutes or until browned on top and a skewer inserted into centre comes out clean. 4. Cool slightly in tin; turn out on to a wire rack and cool. Serve warm or cold on its own, or spread with a little sunflower spread or honey. Cook’s tips For a packed lunch, wrap individual slices of teabread in foil. This teabread will keep for a few days, if you wrap it in foil once cooked. You can also freeze it for up to 1 month. CINNAMON SPICED APPLE RINGS Fruit and veg doesn’t have to be ‘boring’! Why not try Cinnamon Spiced Apple Rings for something a little bit different – they’re super easy to make. Ingredients • 2 crisp eating apples, such as Braeburn or Granny Smith • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, or to taste 1. Preheat oven to 150°C/fan 130°C/gas mark 2. Line 2 baking sheets with non-stick baking paper; set aside. 2. Remove cores from apples, keeping apples whole; cut apples crossways into very thin slices (about 1–2mm thick). 3. Lightly brush apple slices all over with lemon juice; lightly dust all over with ground cinnamon. Arrange in a single layer on prepared baking sheets. 4. Bake in oven for about 45 minutes or until dried out (they’ll crisp up as they cool), turning once halfway through. 5. Transfer to a wire rack; leave to cool, then serve. We raised £40 for the British Heart Foundation. Thank You! 8

Who am I? Did you guess who this was?


boy, a grandson of slaves, was born in a poor neighborhood of New Orleans known as the “Back of Town.” His father abandoned the family when the child was an infant. His mother became a prostitute and the boy and his sister had to live with their grandmother. Early in life he proved to be gifted for music and with three other kids he sang in the streets of New Orleans . His first gains were coins that were thrown to them.

They sincerely admired his musical talent. Later, when he became a professional musician and composer, he used these Jewish melodies in compositions, such as St. James Infirmary and Go Down Moses. This little black boy grew up and wrote a book about this Jewish family who had adopted him in 1907. In memory of this family and until the end of his life, he wore a star of David and said that in this family, he had learned “how to live real life and determination.” You might recognize his name.

A Jewish family, Karnofsky, who had immigrated from Lithuania to the USA , had pity for the 7-year-old boy This little boy was called Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong. and brought him into their home. Initially giving him Louis Armstrong proudly spoke Yiddish! And “Satch‘work’ in the house, to feed this hungry child. There mo” is Yiddish for “Big Cheeks”! he remained and slept in this Jewish family’s home where, for the first time in his life, he was treated with kindness and tenderness. When he went to bed, Mrs. Karnovsky sang him a Russian lullaby that he would sing with her. Later, he learned to sing and play several other Russian and Jewish songs. Over time, this boy became the adopted son of this family. The Karnofskys gave him money to buy his first musical instrument; as was the custom in the Jewish families. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Easy fundraising for our refurbishment project Please help us to raise money for our refurbishment

project at no extra cost to yourselves. If you shop online you can now earn extra cash by doing your purchase through a website called www.easyfundraisiing. org.uk. All major retailers like John Lewis, M&S, Amazon, Tesco, ebay, Viking, Apple, Waitrose, LateRooms.com, Booking.com, Expedia.co.uk etc etc belong so please give it a try and here’s how: Go to www.easyfundraising.org.uk Select our good cause ‘Holy Innocents Church, Kingsbury’

You then get screen ‘Holy Innocents Church, Kingsbury is eligible for Gift Aid, would you like to gift aid your donation – tick Yes or No. If you tick yes you will have to enter the first line of your address and post code and tick ‘I am a UK tax payer’ click ‘Continue’ You can either tick to ‘Get a donation reminder’ or ‘No thanks’.

The first time you will need to Create an account Enter your first and last name and email address and a password.

In future when you go into the easyfundraising website you will get the screen to search for a retailer and then you continue to do your on-line purchases as before with no extra cost to yourself but the retailer will donate 1% - 3% of your purchase to our refurbishment.

Untick ‘send me helpful hints’. Tick ‘Please select the emails you don’t want below’

Thank you and we will let you know how much we raise in this relatively painless way.


One day in time May 1 is the 121st day of the year (122nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 244 days remain-

ing until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Friday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Wednesday or Thursday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Saturday (56). On this day: 1169 – Norman mercenaries land at Bannow Bay in Leinster, marking the beginning of the Norman invasion of Ireland. 1328 – Wars of Scottish Independence end: By the Treaty of Edinburgh–Northampton the Kingdom of England recognises the Kingdom of Scotland as an independent state. 1707 – The Act of Union joins the Kingdom of England and Kingdom of Scotland to form the Kingdom of Great Britain. 1759 – Josiah Wedgwood founds the Wedgwood pottery company in Great Britain. 1786 – In Vienna, Austria, Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro is performed for the first time. 1840 – The Penny Black, the first official adhesive postage stamp, is issued in the United Kingdom. 1844 – Hong Kong Police Force, the world’s second modern police force and Asia’s first, is established. 1851 – Queen Victoria opens The Great Exhibition at The Crystal Palace in London. 1875 – Alexandra Palace reopens after being burned down in a fire in 1873. 1884 – Moses Fleetwood Walker becomes the first black person to play in a professional baseball game in the United States. 1930 – The dwarf planet Pluto is officially named. 1931 – The Empire State Building is dedicated in New York City. 1945 – World War II: A German newsreader officially announces that Adolf Hitler has “fallen at his command post in the Reich Chancellery fighting to the last breath against Bolshevism and for Germany”. The Soviet flag is raised over the Reich Chancellery, by order of Stalin. 1948 – The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) is established, with Kim Il-sung as leader. 1994 – Three-time Formula One world champion Ayrton Senna is killed in an accident during the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola. 1999 – The body of British climber George Mallory is found on Mount Everest, 75 years after his disappearance in 1924. 2011 – Pope John Paul II is beatified by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI.

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Social event - Date for your diary We are organising a summer canal boat trip on the Grand Union Canal on Sunday 25th June 2017 from 1 to

5 pm. the boat is especially equiped with ramps and disabled access toilets etc so would be suitable for everyone. The cost will be approximately £10 to include a light lunch and tea and cake. The boat company is Waterways Experience and they go from Hemel Hempstead so we will need cars to provide transport to and from the boat yard car park. More information available nearer the time and a booking sheet will be in the narthex but please keep the date free. There are only 35 places so it will be first come first served. Peggy


Wembley History Society Winter/Spring 2017 M

eetings take place at English Martyrs Church Hall, top of Blackbird Hill, Wembley HA9 9EW. Buses 83, 182, 245, 297 and 302 stop nearby (Blackbird Cross or Blackbird Hill bus stops). If coming by car, we suggest you use the car park at the back, especially on Wembley “event nights”. We would be grateful to any members that haven’t paid this year’s subscription to please do so. There is a £3 fee for visitors. Tea & Coffee 50 Pence. We have an interesting and varied programme of meetings for you in the first half of 2017, so please come along to as many of them as you can. Please note March and April dates. May 19th Spitalfields – A Village of Change Colin Oakes looks at the history of this fascinating corner of London.

June 16th Harry Beck’s Underground Map We welcome back Lester Hillman, who this time will share his enthusiasm for a piece of railway (rather than canal) history.

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Social event - May Market Just to let you know that the May Market will be at the church hall on Saturday 20th May from 11:00-14:00. If anyone is growing seeds, taking cuttings, or dividing plants then could they do a few extra for the May Market please. There will be the usual plants, books, refreshments, bric-a-brac, ga,es and stationary stalls. Thank you

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Men at Work

After years of planning the next phase of our refurbishment works is due to start shortly. This will be principally putting in new toilets, relocating and creating a kitchen and office, and moving the font. The re-wiring, which has already started, will be completed. During the works, there will be a period when toilet facilities in the church will not be available. We are considering the practicality of a portaloo in the car park. In addition, the Mandir across the road has very kindly offered the use of their toilets. As our parking space may be restricted, they have also offered the use of their car park, at least within reason. It will be advisable to discuss this first with the vicar. However, exciting times lie ahead and the PCC ask you to bear with us while the work is in progress. It will be worth it. 11

Book Club Corner W

ith Christmas, New Year and various commitments, the Book Club has had a longer time in between books than usual. However, we have two books to report on and are currently into a third.

thine plotting. One of his early novels was Into the Blue and won the thumping good read award. It was later turned into a TV drams starring John Thaw.

In December, as previously mentioned we had a change of pace. A ‘whodunit’ entitled The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L Sayers featuring her famous detective Lord Peter Wimsey. Dorothy l Sayers was born in the Fens and was the daughter of a vicar. Additionally she was a theologian in her own right, which adds to the authenticity of the book. I thought tailors meant the sewing kind, but indeed it is about church bells and the ringing thereof. However, it means the nine telling strokes that mark a persons passing. It was a happy coincidence that we read this book when there had been so much in the news about bell ringers being sacked at The Minster. The plot is complex, but fun and the unravelling relies not just on bells but also on a Cope chest a demolished West End gallery and an Angel roof. It is set in a village in the Fens which she vividly conveys the peculiar geography with its sinister deep ditches and their straining floodgates. The murder is set in the church of said village with all its odd 1930 ways, rigid class system and echoes still of The Great War. Lord Peter of course is an expert on bell ringing and gets all the credit for solving the case, but as usual his manservant does most of the leg work to enable a satisfactory conclusion. I certainly learnt a lot about campanology. It is light hearted, with serious tones and is a ripping good yarn as Peter would no doubt say. Our group all read it and enjoyed it.

The book we have just read is a story about Picasso paintings which belonged to a Jewish family and were sent to England for safe keeping during the Second World War. What happens to them played out through a fascinating story which also delves into the history of how they were first obtained. The book is set in two time periods 1940 and 1976. As the chapters are neatly carved into these two periods, it is not distracting, but helps to paint the times and the characters clearly. Although a novel, there are many references to the events in these two periods which are draped in factual history.

We then moved on to a book recommended by one of our members. Long Time Coming by Robert Goddard.

Personally I enjoyed it very much as did most of our group and it certainly provided us with much to discuss regarding the events that took place and our reactions to them We are now reading The Light between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. A taster about the story A boat washes up on the shores of a remote lighthouse keeper’s island. It holds a dead man and a crying baby. The only two islanders, Tom and his wife Izzy are about to make a devastating decision. They break the rules and follow their hearts. What happens next will break yours!!! It is also now a major film.

Hope you enjoyed these notes and that it will prompt you to read some of these books. You don’t have to buy them; our local library is most helpful in getting Robert Goddard has written many books, but unlike your choice for you. many authors does not have a standard formula. They are usually edge of the seat pace with amazing labyrin Please remember new members are always welcome.


True Sanctuary

Westminster Abbey provided a place of safety for

about 1400 MPs, Peers, their staff and others after Wednesday afternoon’s terrorist attack. After North Door visiting was suspended, the Abbey was soon asked to provide sanctuary for those still locked inside the Palace of Westminster. After a search of the Abbey by police, MPs, Peers, and staff from a number of departments in Parliament were led across Abingdon Street through the east gate and into the north door. They filled the transepts, quire and the nave. After a briefing from senior police commanders and a short prayer from the Dean, the visitors remained inside the Abbey church for over

three hours while officers took personal details and statements from those inside. Staff from the London Ambulance Service were present throughout. Cellarium staff provided tea and coffee in the cloisters. The Dean said: ‘So many members of Parliament in both houses commented to me how careful had been the welcome from the Abbey and our staff. I have passed onto our colleagues their gratitude and felt a sense of pride in their ready response, not only Abbey staff but Benugo staff. A sad day but the Abbey fully in support!’ The Abbey was open for prayer on Thursday.

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Easter Bonnets at Holy Innocents


George....A tiny little tribute by Julie Panayiotou Like many thousands of people I was totally shocked

Rudolph’s health, but instead said ‘good morning’ and sat down. He was very chatty and we started talking about the weather first (of course) then the dentist and the local area. He had quite a heavy accent and I was just wondering if he might be Greek when the receptionist suddenly appeared and said “do you two Although I never had his poster on my wall, haven’t know that you have the same surname “? got his albums and always considered myself a bit too old to buy a t-shirt that read ‘wake me up before you He looked at me with a puzzled expression as the rego go’, I was still a great fan, loved his songs, thought ceptionist disappeared again and said “but you are not he was fabulously entertaining and felt young enough Greek”, a cross between a statement and a question reto scream along with other demented fans at ‘Wham ally. I explained I was married to a Cypriot and told The Final’, the concert at Wembley Stadium. him all about how my husband’s parents had settled here fifty years ago and in return he regaled me with I learned quite early on in George’s career that his a potted version of his life. He told me a very fun‘real’ surname was none other than Panayiotou, my ny little anecdote about arriving in England as a very claim to fame if you like. I quizzed my husband about young man and going to work on a building site. On whether we might be distantly related but was assured his very first day the foreman shouted to him “Oi you, that we were not and that Panayiotou is in fact almost what’s your name” to which he proudly replied “Kiriaa Greek equivalent of Smith. gos”, yeah right laughed the foreman, okay Jack, bring me that ladder! He told me that to this day everyone I never really thought much more about our twin calls him Jack... even his wife!! name until we moved into our house in 1987. We often received fan mail and phone calls from all over As he was telling me various details of his life, little the world for George from clever fans who, learning things began to add up in my head and without warnhis real name and that his family were fairly local ing and much to his surprise, I suddenly, in a hushed and armed with the telephone directory (remember tone and with wide eyes said “Are you George Mithose) wrote to all the Panayiotou’s, in the area in the chael’s Dad”? He gave me a big beam and said “yes I hope of making contact. Often the letters, which were am”! usually addressed to George’s parents, would ask for a photo of ‘you with your son’... I really was so tempted, I don’t really want to be truthful about what came but my son would not be drawn into this little joke! I next but it was something along the lines of me makdecided it best to just ignore them. Possibly when we ing a complete fool of myself. Leaping off the chair eventually move from our house, I will find the fan and planting kisses on both his chubby cheeks while mail in a box somewhere as I’m not good at throwing shrieking “oh my God, I can’t believe it and you must things away! be so proud”. I couldn’t really talk to him normally after that and he was probably grateful when he was In 1996 when George’s song ‘Jesus to a Child’ was re- summoned by the receptionist. “Bye”, he said, I just leased, things started hotting up on the fan mail front, grinned from ear to ear, tried to say bye, but just made when we received first a picture of Jesus on a post- a little squeak. card along with a small pot of strawberry jam! This was closely followed by a large manuscript in French, When I went into see the hygienist I was still grinning probably a hundred pages, unbound and with a large and when she asked me what was making me so hapmetal Cross hanging from a leather strap, taped to the py I told her about my little waiting room story. To front of the papers! I can’t exactly remember we what my amazement she told me that George had been a I did with this but I can tell you that the French Em- patient there for years and that they hid him in a room bassy were not a bit interested! upstairs on his visits! and saddened by the recent, tragic and untimely death of George Michael. Such an amazingly talented yet often troubled man, like so many famous people before him, he has died far too young.

Next came a white ceramic bust of the Virgin Mary and Jesus, which I gave to my Mother in law to take to her Greek church. Thankfully these very odd ‘gifts’ stopped arriving and with the demise of the phone book we were left in peace.

As I left the dentist that day I pondered the viability of camping out in the car park for six months to meet the man himself, but decided to go home and answer some fan mail.

A year or so ago I went to my dentist in Stanmore for Julie Panayiotou my usual six monthly checkup. The waiting room was empty apart from one older gentleman who rather put me in mind of Santa Claus with his big tummy, white beard and smiley face. I managed not to enquire after


Refugee Support Network Brent will soon be expecting Syrian refugee fami-

Mentors need to be willing to give up an hour a week lies. One family has already arrived and Brent have plus travel time, for a minimum of 6 months. pledged to house 12 families in total. They are looking to the private sector to house these All mentors must complete an interview and trainfamilies. ing process and undergo a CRB check before being matched with a young person. So it may take a while A charity based in Harlesden, “Refugee Support Net- before mentoring begins. work” RSN, support young people, 15- 25year olds, affected by displacement and crisis to access and For more information and how to apply and other progress in education. ways to help, see the website, www.refugeesupportnetwork.org One thing they do is an educational mentoring support scheme. They offer tailor –made mentoring opportunities to at risk young refugees, asylum seekers and victims of trafficking who need extra support with their education. They regularly recruit mentors to support these young people.

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Circle The City

Sunday 21st May

This family-friendly event will be a fantastic day packed with activities, challenges, pop up exhibitions, musical performances, guided tours and many more adventures along the way!

The walk explores historical places around the City of London, starting at St Mary-le-Bow Church (Cheapside, EC2V 6AU). Registration begins at 12:15pm. There are two distance options - three miles and six miles, both starting and finishing at St Mary-le-Bow. There will be a pre-walk service starting at 1pm at St Mary-le-Bow. Joining us for Circle the City is not only a chance to see some of London’s best sites and discover hidden gems in the City - you will also be raising funds to support our work as part of the fight to end poverty. For more information about this sponsored walk, please see Sylvia Kefyalew as she has previously completed the walk.


Ramblings of Parishioners

Working in a school and being in the PE faculty, I

thought it was a good idea when asked by the teacher if I would do the last mile of the Wembley half marathon with the children in our school. We have started to be a healthier school where the children run a daily mile, which is equivalent to 8 times around the playground. It seemed no one else had volunteer edwhen asked. I started over the October half term to run around the Welsh Harp (not very pretty, not very fast and not all running, but I did it). I went back to school telling the teacher I was up for it so we duly entered the children for the event. I WAS COMMITTED. THERE WAS NO RETURN.

On the day, it was an early start and that was the hardest thing. 7am outside ASDA. We walked with the parents to Wembley Stadium, registered ourselves and went in with our numbers on and our wrist bands. In the stadium underground we were entertained by a man on a makeshift stage which kept the children occupied and warmed them up for the run. Around 8:30 the stewards got us ready to go into the stadium itself and to the start line. Our school led the rest out so we were at the front, waving to all the parents as we went. As it started we had to make sure the children weren’t pushed over by those coming from behind. I was running with a child, Massih, who is visually impaired so a few of us shielded him. Then the children started to pull ahead and the other teachers had to run with them leaving me and Massih running at our pace. We ran out of the stadium across the carpark, half way down Olympic Way, back across the carpark, into the stadium and to the finish line. It was by no means the whole marathon I ran, but the atmosphere was great and the children and I felt we had achieved something.

I started running with the children around the school playground and even if I say so, it encouraged them to keep going as they had someone to beat. While there were many children faster than me, there were also children who were slower and they needed the encouragement. My daughter Claire was running the full course. So on a weekend we would go down to the Welsh Harp and run around it. Although we didn’t run together as she needed more practice, it was nice I then had time to go and watch my baby (Claire) finwe were there together. ish the race in two hour 6 minutes. Feeling very proud of us both and the children who took part. The children and I were required to run twelve miles before the event. As we were running a mile every day Teresa Speller (on most days) we qualified. We picked children from years 5&6, not for their ability but for their determination. 16

Showtime Julia and Louisa are performing once again and Debbie is directing this time. Based on the real life romance between legendary filmmaker Mack Sennett and his rising star Mabel Normand. It tells the story of Hollywood’s golden age where the fun of the silent screen was dominated by the hysterical chaos of the Keystone Kops and the glamour of the bathing beauties!!! Songs include- I Won’t Send Roses, Time Heals Everything and Tap Your Troubles Away. If you would like tickets please let Julia know and if you need transport. Concessions £13 and non conc £15. Performances Wednesday to Saturday 7.30 and Saturday matinee 2.30.





Competition Can you beat this acrostic for marketing our project in a few words. For example: a strap line eg Never knowingly undersold, It does exactly what it says on the tin etc a poem an acrostic Any ideas to Peggy please

Prize: Winner will cut the ribbon at our opening ceremony + a box of chocolates


This activity has a loyal following by a number of the ladies of the parish. I am reliably informed the instruc-

tor is very fit! They meet at the tennis courts in Roe Green park. There is room for more and I believe the occasional male participant will be tolerated. Tennis, but perhaps not as we know it, also gets played! **Wednesdays sessions are now in the afternoon. Times vary depending on attendance**


Bible Reading 4th June Pentecost Acts 2.1-21 2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them. 5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,[b] 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” 13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.” Peter Addresses the Crowd 14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 17 “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. 18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. 19 I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. 20 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. 21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’


The Artists’ Socks When Art meets Socks

The Floral Collection Ideal for Spring and Summer

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