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This is a message for all the villagers in Pontesbury.

We thought that we’d open up the church website to comments, stories and events within the village during this lock-down period, and if it works well, then we might even keep it in a different form after that nasty little microbe has gone.

So what are we looking for? How about articles on Home Schooling? How’s that turning out? You can share ideas across this blog. We could have a photo a day, a cartoon a day, a thought for the day, a prayer for the day, and so on, the possibilities are endless. We can add pictures too.

Here are the rules.

  • Remember where you are, so moderate language please.
  • You must sign in with a genuine email address – this will not be published, but you can use any name you wish. We’d prefer real names, but understand when it is not possible.
  • When commenting, your first comment will be moderated, thereafter you should get straight in.
  • Any article that you wish to publish as a full post should be addressed to webmaster@st-george.org.uk and the Webmaster retains the right to refuse or ask for edits.
  • That’s all, but we could add more in the light of experience

April 2020

  From the Dragons’ Den

Some years are more memorable than others!  For different reasons we may remember certain years – the date, the time, the place and what happened to make it so memorable.  I can vividly remember the year and day of my ninth birthday; can visualise the light at the top of the stairs when my mum brought my birthday cards up to the bedroom that I shared with my sister, and can still recall a couple of my birthday cards. I don’t know why that particular day sticks in my mind but I can still conjure up the feeling of happiness on that day, at that time.

I wonder whether 2020 will stick in our minds.  The ‘year of the virus!’  The year when people stopped shaking hands but, hopefully, didn’t stop smiling at each other, didn’t stop chatting with one another; didn’t stop caring about one another.  This was the time when people actually exchanged blows in a supermarket over a pack, or several packs, of toilet rolls. Hard to believe that this happened, but when people are anxious or afraid, this is what can happen.

We all feel anxious at times. We worry about getting older – will I cope? – will I be able to drive? – will I be able to remember things? -will I even remember who I am?

If, by any chance, you have any of these fears, then I issue a challenge to you. Actually, the challenge comes from George, Uncle Sam and Idris, of Little Dragons fame.  They challenge you to come along to a Little Dragons session – Tuesday, during term time, from 10:00am to 11:30am.  The sight of our Little Dragons driving up and down the aisle; sticking shapes, or better still, brightly shining glitter; waving a paint brush vaguely in the direction of a piece of paper, will maybe bring all kinds of memories back to you, perhaps freshening up your own childhood memories or activities enjoyed many moons ago and may also bring pleasure to you  an otherwise dull day.  (We also have coffee and tea to hand!)

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We look forward to seeing you.                                         Every good wish, Val

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

Candles in the window

From Val B

Those of you who use ‘Facebook‘ may have seen my candle.

This is my one

Each day I receive up to 40 ‘likes’ and I am presuming that those who respond have noticed that I change the text each day – e.g. Let your light shine forth! – The light of the world! – This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine!. The responses come from many places in the world and are from Christian, Muslims and some without a faith, illustrating that many, of whatever persuasion (or none), are seeking comfort and hope in the light of the world.

I managed to upload Sheila and Roy’s photograph on Sunday showing the candle to the forefront of St. George’s in the early evening light. You can see it below.

Roy and Sheila’s candle

Many of you have indicated that you are also lighting candles in your windows at 7:00pm and it is heart-warming to think of so many candles shining out into our struggling world; accompanied today by a prayer sent by Kathryn Darby, who received it from a friend in Belfast.

Dear Lord, I pray that You will lead us all safely by the hand through this dark tunnel and out into the sunshine of renewed life. Amen.

And this one from Carolyn

We ask for God’s blessing on each one of us and on those whom we love.

A walk through the churchyard

I have been walking through the churchyard, down Hall Bank and back home to keep a bit active during this problematic time – it is almost one mile.

Yesterday I took my earphones and listened to some randomised music.

As I passed the church the next item started, “For Unto Us a Child is Born” trying to remember the music and sing along (there was no-one about to hear my attempts) put a bounce into my step.

Ed: Here it is: Enjoy!

Can we buy from the Pub?

Here’s a thought. There must be some kind of shelf life or use by date, for the beer in our pubs, and it seems to me to be a waste of good beer and a loss for our publicans. Is there a way in which the beer and cider can be bottled or provided so that we can buy it for use at home?

My nearest local is the Horseshoes, and I know that Theresa and Jeff have a very nice Merlot, and I’d be happy to take a case of that off their hands. Pay by BACS, or post a cheque. And I’d take some beer and cider, if it is bottled or in usable cask. I bet there others too, who would do so. In a small way it might help their income too. I think there are volunteers who would deliver it to those of us in isolation.

These are businesses in the village which we ought not to lose.

This post can also be an offer to all our local businesses, that you can use this site to advertise your services within the government’s constraints.

March 2020

Little Dragons

A favourite song at Little Dragons is, ‘If You’re Happy and You Know It, Clap Your Hands!’ We clap hands, stamp feet, nod heads, stand up – sit down, stand up and turn around’, although I must say that the last two are usually only carried out by myself, the Little Dragons, and maybe a couple of Senior Dragons.  It is noted that some Senior Dragons and most Carers remain seated – cowards!  It must be admitted that they continue to sing, which is perhaps a good idea as those of us who are leaping up and down don’t always have enough breath left to utter any sounds.

I find it interesting that, in this life (and not talking about Little Dragon sessions now), some people find joining in very hard.  They may hold back on the periphery of a group because they feel unable to join in, perhaps because they lack confidence or feel that others may accuse them of being pushy, or maybe they just don’t want to be part of a group and prefer to be watchers from the side-lines.

Whoever we are and whatever our preferences, I am certain that there is always some joy to be found in each day either alone or in a group situation, even if sometimes we have to search very hard to find it.  Yesterday, as I popped out to put the mop and bucket in the garage – yes, I do occasionally hurl a mop round the kitchen floor – I spotted a small bunch of crocuses, gleaming gold in an otherwise dull day.  The sight of them lifted my spirits and filled me with joy. A small instance but proof that joy is there if we are ready to see it. 

Each week at Little Dragons we experience joy in observing our little people going about their busy lives.  It’s not always as easy to find joy on other days – but it can be done if we try hard.

As it may have said in your School Report.  ‘Must try harder!’    Go on! You’re worth it!

Every good wish, Val

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

Feb 2020

  From the Dragons’ Den

George writing:     Busy, busy, busy!  Uncle Sam, Idris and myself have been so very, very busy during the past weeks.  All the Senior Dragons have very involved in doing things in church, all helping each other to keep things moving as they should over Christmas and something called The New Year, organising Services, parties and starting the new term at Little Dragons, so we three have had to keep our eye on things.

From our secret spy spot, we have seen lots of people come into church and many of them have lit candles and had a quiet little sit down near the candles; some have just had a walk round and seem to have enjoyed the quietness.  We heard one lady say how peaceful it felt just to sit for a few minutes quietly on one of the wooden seats. 

We have also heard lots of wonderful singing; some of it from lots of people sitting on the wooden seats and some from the bunch known as the choir.  They have all been quite sad for a few weeks but have really worked at their singing and we heard them saying that they wanted to do really well – for Jack!   They are working hard, practising lots of songs, probably to keep themselves cheerful and to have some songs ready for the things they call Services.

All in all, everyone seems to be really busy keeping the church nice and comfortable for anyone who comes in.  We keep hearing them say, ‘Won’t it be nice when we have appointed!’ ….. whatever that might mean!

In the meantime, we three, will continue to keep our eye on things.  This is a pretty special place to be and we feel very lucky to be part of this St. George’s place.

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

PS.  Val asks us to send good wishes to everyone.

January 2020

From the Dragons’ Den

Here we are again.  We have enjoyed the Christmas Tree Festival,

Christingle, Service of Lessons and Carols, Crib Service, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day when we sang and were glad of the Good News of the birth of a special baby.

Here we are in a New Year, 2020. In the past year we have had several special babies who are growing into Little Dragons – in the best sense of the word.  We love to see these very tiny babes growing week by week as they come along to our sessions.  It will seem as quick as the flash of an eye until they are sitting up, joining in the singing using their own special language, crawling then toddling up and down the central aisle or the West End Room and Children’s Corner.  Quite unsettling for we Senior Dragons if we stop to count how many babies we have helped to nurture from 0 to almost 5. It gives one quite a shock when we realise that some of our first Little Dragons are now sixteen years of age.  

Thus, time passes and we look forward to a wonderful, happy and fulfilling New Year – and – God willing – the appointment of a new Rector to keep us all in order!  Now, there’s a thought!

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 2019

From the Dragons’ Den

Here we are again.  Christmas Tree Festival to enjoy, Christingle, Service of Lessons and Carols, Crib Service, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day where we can sing and be glad of the Good News of the birth of a special baby.

This year we have had several special babies who are growing into Little Dragons – in the best sense of the word.  We love to see these very tiny babes growing week by week as they come along to our sessions.  It will seem as quick as the flash of an eye before they are sitting up, joining in the singing using their own special language , crawling then toddling up and down the central aisle or the West End Room and Children’s Corner.  Quite unsettling for we Senior Dragons if we stop to count how many babies we have helped to nurture from 0 to almost 5. It gives one quite a shock when we realise that some of our first Little Dragons are now sixteen years of age.  

Every good wish, Val Butterworth

Idris
Uncle Sam

P.S.     Best wishes, George,     Uncle Sam  and Idris.

Nov 2019

From the Dragons’ Den

November already, with smell of woodsmoke in the air. Where did Autumn go, where did Summer go?  The months rush by so quickly and here we are again half-way through the Autumn term and thinking ahead to Christmas.  The older members of our Little Dragons seem to have grown enormously and have already registered for primary school next year.  All the babes-in-arms have suddenly turned into crawlers and toddlers  —   and all the Senior Dragons are wondering how long their knees will hold up.

A noisy morning today: a sudden rush of little boys who all seemed to want the same fire engine! How hard it is to learn to share and take one’s turn!  It isn’t an easy task, but eventually realisation comes and ‘turn and turn about’ becomes the order of the day – hopefully!  Although one does meet adults at times who have never learned the very valuable art of sharing with others. We won’t examine this further – best to draw a veil over it rather that dig deeper.

A reminder of Harvest Celebrations in our craft today involving making scarecrows from tubes of paper plus head, arms and legs.  We had our very own scarecrow to oversee the activity and she/he/it looked to be very happy watching our little people busy about their tasks with varying levels of concentration.  

After such a busy morning I know several Senior Dragons who will be nodding off in the chair during the afternoon.  Sweet dreams!

P.S.     Best wishes, George,

   Uncle Sam 

and Idris.