June 2021

From the Dragons’ Den

Big decisions to be made during the next week or two regarding resumption of Little Dragon sessions as and when restrictions are gradually lifted.

Currently, Senior/Big Dragons are hurriedly doing the online safeguarding training and online certification – 2 levels! You couldn’t make it up, could you?)

Anti-bacterial spray seems to be the new perfume of the month as all the soft toys that can’t go in the washing machine are given the ‘treatment’.  Stocks of hand-wash and paper towels are being garnered from here, there and everywhere. (No chance of Home Bargains going out of business.)

The Little Dragon bus, which you may have noticed at the rear of church is perhaps in need of a small face-lift as the wheels are looking rather well-worn with flat-ish tyres. 

Maybe George, Uncle Sam and Idris can have an airing soon following their imprisonment in the dragon basket.

Exciting times ahead!

From Val and from we three:

 – George     Uncle Sam  and Idris.

From the Dragons’ Den

Message from Bob the Builder:

George, Uncle Sam and Idris are feeling quite cross. They are stuck in the Little Dragon cupboard, keeping an eye on things in church.

We, (that is Bob the Builder and the teddy bears from the Children’s Corner) are enjoying quarantine at Val’s house. We have all been washed or sprayed with an anti-bacterial spray, and are hoping that it won’t be too long before we are able to take part in Little Dragon sessions once more.

It is very pleasant here, but we would rather be back in church, where we can see everything that is going on. Still, we mustn’t complain. An exciting trip in the washing machine, plus the spray, is possibly nicer than having to have something called a vaccination.

Best wishes, Bob and Friends,

Also from Val and from we three:

– George       Uncle Sam     and Idris. 

April 2021

From the Dragons, Den

April, the time of year when hope springs anew; when the buds on the trees are preparing to burst open and amaze us with their blossoms.

I was driving into town the other day – an essential journey, I assure you – when I suddenly noticed a wonderful green haze in the distance and I realised that the trees are beginning to show the wonderful shade of green that heralds spring. Some people prefer the reds and golds of autumn, but, for me, the green of spring awakens hopes and dreams for the future. 

After so many months of worry; dark forebodings of illness; hopes and fears associated with vaccination or possible infection; possibly thoughts that we will not survive to enjoy a future; the signs of spring coupled with the somewhat improving situation, fill me full of hope for a return to the days of normality, whatever that means to each one of us.

“When can we come to Little Dragons?” is something I am regularly asked, usually via technology. “Who can tell?” is my response. “Before too long!” is my hope.

Hope is a big word! According to the Cambridge English Dictionary it means: to want something to happen or to be true, and usually have a good reason to think that it might

So, here’s hoping – that we can all return to our favourite pursuits and past-times; that we will soon all be able to meet up with those who are dear to us – and even to those who aren’t.

I hope we may soon reach the time when George, Uncle Sam and Idris spend a little time on the washing line, in preparation for, once again, living life to the full.

Best wishes, Val

Every good wish, from we three:

 – George,  Uncle Sam  and Idris.

March 2021

March 2021

green_dragon  From the Dragons’ Den

I am sure that, along with me, you give a huge welcome to our new Rector, Greg, and his wife, Fran, as they join us at St. George’s.  We have been so fortunate to have Revs. Christopher, Charmain, Pam and Shirley to look after our spiritual needs but I am sure that they also must be relieved to be able to hand over the decision-making to someone else. So, it is with glad hearts that we voice our welcome.

It has been a time of growth for many of us as we have taken on tasks that are outside our experience, but the great thing is that so many have worked together to keep spirits high and to keep the Spiritual presence within our church.

Now, all we have to do is to get Covid-19 under control and then, maybe, we can start up all our usual activities.  George, Uncle Sam and Idris are already washed and ready to go, but, unfortunately, the time isn’t upon us yet.  I notice that the Pritt stick in the Dragon cupboard hasn’t weathered the experience and it has, so to speak – ‘gone-off’; and I am sure that the newly made play dough, a beautiful sunflower yellow shade, which was all ready for our session on 17th March 2020 will also have withered somewhat, but it won’t take long to make more. 

My middle name is ‘Optimism’, therefore I say, rashly, “Hope to see you soon!”

Best wishes, Val

Every good wish, from we three:

 – George green_dragon    Uncle Sam  and Idris.

February 2021

  From the Dragons’ Den

Idris Writing from the depths of the Dragon cupboard!

Here we are in lockdown once again.  George and Sam are feeling very glum as they had thought that by now, we would be out and about in our lovely church, having had our wash and brush-up in preparation for meeting our public.  Instead, we are – officially – still in the Dragon basket.  I say -officially – although, whilst George and Uncle Sam are sleeping, I have escaped and am investigating the dark corners of our cupboard. 

A few weeks ago, Val opened the doors and gave us a little airing as she took a photograph of we three to put somewhere called ‘facebook’.  She wanted us to look cheerful and to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and the hope that we can get together soon.  We did our best and we know that we received some lovely messages from people who know us. 

One message asked us to look after the church and stay safe. That’s why I am checking the far corners of the Dragon cupboard.  Hmm! Interesting shiny, twinkly, gold stuff in a bottle with a lid.  Can I open it? It’s stiff!  Here we go!  Oops!  This must be like what they call ‘snow’ – gold snow! Everywhere!     

With speed – into the basket – say nothing!  If anyone asks – ‘those mice get everywhere.’  

Every good wish, from we three:

 – George green_dragon    Uncle Sam  and Idris.

January 2021

From the Dragons’ Den

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Here we are again! Although not quite as usual! Due to Covid-19, we weren’t able to enjoy our Christmas Tree Festival but, in its place, we experienced ‘Light Up Pontesbury’ when lots of people decorated their businesses and houses to light the village up in delightful Christmas displays. We enjoyed a Service of Lessons and Carols, Crib Service, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services when, although only our choir were able to sing, we were glad of the Good News of the birth of a special baby.

Here we are in a New Year, 2021. In the past year we have had to leave aside many activities, such a Little Dragons, Messy Church, Friday Club and even many of the church services.  Now we live in hope that they all may be reinstated in the coming months. Several of our congregation members have been involved in new tasks such as leading services and keeping Members in contact with one another.  Our Church Wardens and PCC have worked hard to ensure continuity, and our choir, despite that lack of a regular organist, have done much to keep their area of expertise alive and well.

Thus, time passes and we look forward to an increasingly wonderful, happy and fulfilling New Year, enlivened by the arrival of our new Rector, Reverend Gregg Smith and his wife, Fran. We look forward to their arrival in February and hope that they will soon feel at home amongst us.

Sending you every good wish for the New Year and for many years to come, Val Butterworth  

P.S.     Also from we three: – George , Uncle Sam and Idris

December 2020

  From the Dragons’ Den

George, Uncle Sam and Idris writing:

Such an anti-climax. We three had grown very excited as we thought that things were getting back to normal.  We knew that people have been coming along on the day known as Sunday and we really thought that we might be taken for our wash and brush-up, ready to greet our Little Dragon friends again.

What a disappointment! We have heard the words – ‘another lockdown’ – and we know enough to realise that we will be staying in our basket for a bit – or maybe a lot – longer than we thought. 

Never mind! Just one of those things!  We are feeling happy though, as we have heard something special.  This special thing is that, after a long, long time, someone known as a Rector is coming before too long.  Everyone has worked really hard to keep things going, even though they have for the most part ignored us in our basket, in our cupboard.  They have worked really hard to keep everyone’s spirits cheerful, and to keep the things called Services going.  Soon, we have heard, the new Rector will be joining us and we three are really looking forward to meeting him.

What with the new arrival and the hoped-for end to this lockdown thing, perhaps we will receive our wash and brush-up soon and be back in action.  (Hope it isn’t too cold when we are hung out on the washing line to dry off.

In the meantime, we know that the time of Christmas is coming soon.  We won’t be able to have our Little Dragon party this year and the funny man in the big red coat won’t be calling in. However, we do know that it won’t be too long after that when the excitement of the new Rector will be upon us.  We really look forward to it.

So, to all of you, we send the Season’s Greetings.  (Oh, how we will miss all those lovely trees this year!)   Hope we are out and about before too long.

Val sends every good wish. 

Best wishes from we three:-

George
Uncle Sam

Idris

November 2020

From the Dragons’ Den

George, Uncle Sam and Idris writing:

We three have been really excited lately as we have heard people coming in and out of church at different times.  Sometimes they come in and spend a little time near the candle stand. First of all, they sit quietly for a little while, then they light one of the candles.  We like that very much as it makes us feel less lonely. 

Sometimes those people who call themselves the choir come in and they are a bit noisier.  They sing songs and have a really enjoyable time. We always join in with them as we know some of the songs they sing.  We especially like the one they sing which says:

‘Calm me Lord, as you calmed the storm. Still me Lord, keep me from harm.

Let all the tumult within me cease. Enfold me Lord in your peace.

They like singing that one and we love listening to it as it makes us feel that everything might return to normal sometime. 

We don’t know when all the Little Dragons will come back but we feel that if our friends keep singing, then everything will sort itself out.  We hope so as we miss all our church friends who we have got to know over the past 14 years. 

We will know when things are getting back to normal because we will be taken out of the cupboard and given a bath, ready to face the world.  So, if you see a new picture of us hanging on the washing line, you will know that things are looking good.

Val sends every good wish. 

Best wishes from we three:  – George     Uncle Sam   and Idris.

October 2020

  From the Dragons’ Den

 Covid-19 still rules much of our lives and many of our activities.  George, Uncle Sam and Idris remain in their cupboard and are, no doubt, feeling rather neglected.  However, we press on and optimistically hope that at sometime in the near future, we will be able to meet safely and enjoy our Little Dragon sessions once again. 

Gradually, opportunities have been available for some members of our church society to meet for worship in a safely-socially-distanced way, whilst other activities such as Little Dragons and Friday Club are still ‘On Hold!’.  This is probably of greater significance when considering the health and welfare of our Group Leaders rather than that of our little people.  I must say, on a personal note, that it is rather uncomfortable to realise that one is firmly placed in the ‘old and vulnerable’ group.  Quite a knock to the self-esteem.  However, there it is and one must be realistic. Just don’t look in a mirror!

In the meantime, we continue from day to day, washing our hands, not touching our faces and keeping spaces; remembering to smile from behind our masks, caring about each other, remembering each other in our prayers and looking forward to calmer, more normal days ahead. (And naturally, singing ‘The Grand Old Duke of York!’ at least three times a day!)

Query: normal – or – new normal?

Every good wish, Val

September 2020

From the Dragons’ Den

September already and still uncertainty about if, when and how we will continue to meet at Little Dragons. We await further advice and instruction from the Diocese of Hereford.

In the meantime:  a pinch of doggerel.

George, Sam and Idris, feel all alone

Here in the cupboard without laptop or phone.

Where are our friends? Dragons big or small?

No sign of anyone, no one at all!

If you are passing, please open our door.

Our basket awaits you, there on the floor.

We are so lonely and hope you will peep

Into our dwelling, though we might be asleep!

And even if sleeping, we will know you have been

To visit the dragons, alone and unclean!

For Val hasn’t bathed us to be ready to share

With all Little Dragons the toys waiting there.

So, please, please remember, as you’re passing by

Thinking and wondering, as well you might!

As you perhaps light a candle or say a small prayer;

Remember three dragons, awaiting you there.

Best wishes from we three:  – George     Uncle Sam   and Idris.