Elizabeth and Rubens

By Jackie Winwood

I attach a picture of our rather large Montana clematis (Elizabeth) and found this appropriate poem which I thought was rather nice-

Photo by Jackie Winwood

Ode to“Elizabeth and Rubens” Clematis Montana

Elizabeth and Rubens were a good pair
until I went and cut down all Rubens hair
now Rubens in my garden is no longer there
and Elizabeth looks like she needs some care

Lamsdorf POW Camp

By Mary Worall

Lamsdorf in the 1940’s

My uncle was a prisoner of war , He was taken at Dunkirk and was then in different camps over the next four plus years,
This I found near the end of his recordings, I was taken with it, I reread it on VE day,
This was written on the end of one bed in Stalag V111B. (Lamsdorf Silesia)

(1) Now I’ll tell you of a tale of some prisoners of war,
who were captured not far from St. Valeris Shore.
On the 12th June as you will recall,
we were battered to hell by the Dutch conger balls

(2) They took us to Langsdorf, our home to be.
Where instead of our grub we got 2 hours of PT
Two loaves between ten, and a bowl of coffee,
Oh! I’ll never forget that place called Stalag V111B.

(3) From Langsdorf they sent us to work in the mines,
At first it all looked good and so fine,
The people and miners , they all looked so glam
and all the words spoke were ‘come Englanders come’

(4) And for our pay they gave us two Marks
Oh how we cursed the dirty old sharks
cigarettes and tobacco we could not get
the boys haven’t got over it yet.

(5) But there come a day when prisoners no more
and we shall board the ship for dear old Blightey’s shore.
To drink wine and whisky not forgetting the rum.
and no more to hear them say ‘come Englanders come’

I put this into my book on May 14th, when waiting to go to work.
I wonder who wrote this and which camp they were moved to.

He added other poems that he collected from people and used a tiny little bit of pencil to put it all into a small children’s note book.

The spellings and English are just as it was. It did me good to reread this precious diary.

N.B. Ed. There’s a huge amount of very interesting information about this camp, and the ‘Long March’ across Europe endured by the prisoners. You can find it here.

Pontesbury Cemetery

From The Church Wardens

Pontesbury Cemetery: an update

There has been some discussion of our local cemetery in “social media” recently. This has led to some changes which may affect all who visit the cemetery. But first, it may help if we set out the background….

We are fortunate to have a cemetery in Pontesbury that’s near the centre of the village, with sufficient consecrated space for some years to come. The cemetery is actually an extension of the Churchyard that surrounds St. George’s Church and so it’s the property of the Church of England, and it’s the responsibility of St. George’s Church to ensure it is available for use.

There are costs involved in keeping the cemetery in a fit and safe state. We need to ensure that boundary fences, walls and gates are sound, that bushes and trees do not encroach, that pathways and landscaped areas are suitably laid out, and the grass is kept down. Fees are charged to meet the cost of individual burials and these provide a small fund to help meet the costs of maintaining the cemetery. But – we get no financial help from head-office! In fact – like just about all churches across the country – we have to pay our way. Churches that don’t meet their costs face having to share their Minister with neighbouring parishes – or even…closure.

So we could say that we run the cemetery on a wing and a prayer. This task falls to a very small, ageing group of volunteers. We tackle jobs ourselves when we can, to save money – and we are very grateful to those who keep parts of the cemetery and individual graves neat and tidy. When we have no choice, we do pay for work – but we have to keep within our budget. It’s very true that with more money, we’d pay for more work and make things even better.

We do know that despite our best efforts at maintaining the cemetery, not everyone is happy at times. The recent “social media” discussion is evidence of an issue regarding upkeep around grave-stones. Criticism travelled quickly and before we knew it, we found ourselves without anyone to cut the grass. So now, we are faced with a choice: pay for more time than before to keep the grass down (with money we don’t have), or leave the cemetery to become a “wild area” (fine for birds and other wild life but not for human visitors and liable to create other problems).

We will let you know what we decide to do in due course. But we would ask you please to contact us by phone (details below) if there is an issue that you need to discuss about the cemetery. We can’t work miracles but we will do what we can! Pontesbury Cemetery is a very special place of peace and quiet which we can visit to remember our loved ones. We all want to keep it that way, don’t we?

Your humble, ageing volunteer Churchwardens,

Mary Worrall 01743 791069

Allen Marsden 01743 791822

Spring is Sprung

By Richard E

I was reminded of a little ditty from the Bronx this morning, when I saw what a beautiful Spring morning it was in the garden, despite the frost. You need to have that strong accent, but it goes like this:

Spring is sprung, the grass is riz,
I wonder where the boidies iz,
They say the boids is on the wing,
But that’s absoid, the wings is on the boid.

But it was these colours which might give us all a lift while we are imprisoned:->

Then it was back to work!

Er, back to Marion’s List!

Funerals during the coronavirus restrictions

From The Magazine

Photo by Pixabay

Funerals have changed almost beyond recognition under the strict new rules to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Church of England funerals may now take place only at crematoria or at gravesides. Only immediate family may attend, and they must keep their two-metre distance.

To help those who are grieving-at-a-distance at this difficult time, the Church of England has published a simple guide. It provides both prayers and also suggestions of how people can pay their own tribute at home to the person who has died.

These include finding a photograph of the person who has died, writing down memories of them, and lighting a virtual candle in memory of their loved ones.

The Revd Canon Dr Sandra Millar, Head of Welcome and Life Events for the Church of England, said: “It’s so difficult when you can’t go to a funeral… to say your last goodbye and know that your special person’s life has been honoured, prayers offered, and God’s love experienced.”

More details at: https://www.churchofengland.org/ Life Events.

Photo by Pixabay

Aroma Tea & Coffee, Shrewsbury

From Roy Bower

How’s This for Service?

It took many years of trial and error for me to find my ideal brand of coffee to fill my breakfast cafetiere. Eventually I plumped for Mountain Blend, sold by Aroma, a family-run shop situated next to St. Mary’s Church in Shrewsbury. I was worried that, in the present circumstances, it may not be possible to replenish my stock of beans, so it was with much relief that I saw Aroma’s web-site page (https://www.aroma-coffee.co.uk), not only assuring us that the shop is still open for business, but (more importantly from our point of view), that orders could be delivered, posted to our home address. The icing on the cake is that orders worth £5 or more are delivered free of charge.

Photo by Sarah G. on Unsplash

Yesterday, Friday 17th April, I ordered 1kg of beans at 10 a.m., thinking they would arrive in a few days’ time. To my great surprise and delight delivery was made by a family member from the shop in Shrewsbury to our front door in Pontesbury at 5-30 p.m. on the same day.

I feel very strongly that we should do all we can to support small family businesses in these very difficult times, so, if you are looking for a selection of tea or coffee, why not give Aroma a try?