17th March 2019


Saint Patrick.
A great deal of what we think we know about St Patrick is apocryphal or just plain wrong. But we do know that his writings, in uneducated Latin, are the very first works from the early British Church. In them he shows that he had a simple, pastoral faith, and that he wished to abolish paganism, idolatry and sun-worship. He made no distinction of classes in his preaching and made it clear that he was willing to be enslaved, imprisoned, or  killed, for his faith. He is not only popular in Ireland but also in Australia and the USA.

Thanks.
I have been asked by Mrs Chris South to express, on her behalf, sincere thanks to all the people who helped her to celebrate her 80th birthday so pleasurably throughout the past week.

Food Bank.
The local Food Bank is desperate for the following :-
Tinned Potatoes.Instant mashed potato.
Tinned Meat.Tinned Meat balls.
Pasta Sauce.Pasta Sachets.
Weetabix.Teabags.
Soups.Rice Puddings.
They need, and would welcome, our support.

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10th March

Thank You.
Mrs Kath Riding asks me, on her behalf, to say a big “Thank You” to everybody for the ‘Good Wishes’, the Birthday Cards and the uniquely delivered telephone rendition of “Happy Birthday”.

Food Bank.
The local Food Bank is desperate for the following :-
Tinned Potatoes.Instant mashed potato.
Tinned Meat.Tinned Meat balls.
Pasta Sauce.Pasta Sachets.
Weetabix.Teabags.
Soups.Rice Puddings.
They need, and would welcome, our support.

Some more Lynn Tongisms.
“With her marriage she got a new name and a  dress”.
“Police were called to a daycare centre where a three-year-old was resisting a  rest.”
“He had a photographic memory but it was never fully developed.” 

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3rd March 2019

Food Bank.
The local Food Bank is desperate for the following :-
Long Life Milk.Tinned Potatoes.
Tinned Meat.   Pasta Sauce.
Pasta Sachets.     Weetabix.
Rice Puddings.
They need, and would welcome, our support.

St Botolph.
I had, unavoidably, to spend a day in Boston on Tuesday so I was able to do some shopping, have something to eat, a book, or two, in Waterstone’s and to get thoroughly bored. So, to cheer myself up, I went to look round the “Stump”, the church dedicated to St Botolph. An Abbot of the monastery of Icanho, which was in East Anglia / Suffolk, in the 600’s AD. This monastery was near to where he was born. Very little is known about his life though it is fairly certain that he was never connected with Boston in Lincolnshire. The object of my visit – to cheer me up – was  not achieved. Restoration work in the Church with both Aisles fenced off and scaffolding all the way up the East face of the Tower made the place look more like a building site than a place of worship.
I’m sure it will be beautiful when it is finished. 

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24th February 2019

Lincolnshire Tourists. (Continued).
Had I had more room last week I would have liked to stress two other excellent places in our fascinating County; they are Hubbard’s Hills (“Lincolnshire is so flat!”) and the Louth Museum, the best ‘Little’ museum I’ve ever seen.

The “Bible Society”.
While writing this Newsletter I received my regular magazine from the Bible Society and, with Keith’s involvement with the Wainfleet School, I was interested to see that their “Prayer in Action” for March is ‘the Bible in Primary Schools’. They ask us to give thanks for their work in schools over the past 20 years, to praise God for the ‘storytellers’ who go into the schools to tell Bible stories in appropriate, and fun, ways, and to pray for the launch of their new project telling Bible stories acceptably in modern schools which are often ‘multi-faith’.

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17th February 2019

Lincolnshire Tourists.
Heather and I have just had a couple of days as ‘tourists’ in Lincoln, as we have done, off and on, for about 50 years. At other times we also go to the ‘Hub’ (The National Centre for Craft and Design) and Cogglesford Mill in Sleaford, Tattershall and Old Bolingbroke Castles, and, of course, the ‘Stump’ and Guildhall in Boston and think “aren’t we lucky to live is such a fascinating County” In Lincoln we visit / have visited – the Brayford, which was a dump but is now very lively, – the Castle, which was ‘unloved’ but is now beautiful, – the Cathedral which has always been fantastic, but is about to be improved, – the Sam Scorer and Usher Art Galleries and Collection Museum, the ‘cultural’ centre, and the ‘Lawn’.  At the ‘Lawn’ much has changed, the hospital / asylum building in Greek revival style is beautiful and it used to house an exhibition about Edward Parker Charlesworth who pioneered a much improved method of treating mental patients without mechanical restraints and coercion. It also had the National Cycle Museum while the grounds had the Joseph Banks Conservatory and the Archeological Centre. All of these important tourist attractions have now gone. The latest news / rumour is that the City Council is thinking of closing the Usher – the biggest piece of Philistine vandalism that they could do – with luck it isn’t true and they won’t. Boston, which could do so much to encourage USA Tourists has the Pilgrim Fathers’ cells and the Tourist information Centre closed for half the week. We are lucky to live is such a fascinating County, it’s a pity not everyone in authority realizes how  they should preserve and develop it.

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10th February 2019

February 10th.
As usual I looked up anniversaries and saint’s day for today and found  this is a day to celebrate women and their achievements.

543 – Death of St Scholastica, sister of St Benedict and the first Benedictine Nun whose ‘Feast Day’ is today. I was surprised that, although I had heard of Benedict I had never heard of his sister who, with his help, did for Nunneries what he had done for Abbeys. What a pity that her name, in England is associated with a riot.

1355 – The St Scholastica Day riot breaks out in Oxford, The seed of the riot was an altercation in a tavern in Oxford between two students of the University and the taverner. They complained about the quality of drinks, which led to an exchange of rude words that ended with the students throwing their drinks in the taverner's face and assaulting him. Retaliation for the incident led to armed clashes between locals and students. A riot broke out and lasted two days, which left 63 students and perhaps 30 locals dead. The students were eventually routed.

1840 – Queen Victoria marries Prince Albert.

1919 – Inter-Allied Women's Conference sees women involved in International events post WWI.

So today we celebrate a good woman whose name is misused, a great queen whose name describes an era,  and finally,  women being allowed to be involved in international events – perhaps because so many men had killed each other.

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3rd February 2019

As you will have noticed, I like anniversaries, but I have to own-up to having missed this one by 23 days – senility approaches !
On Wednesday 11 January 1978, a northerly severe gale and storm surge brought disaster to Skegness Pier, causing irretrievable damage. The pier decking from the main entrance was reduced in length to 127 yards (116 m), with the eastern shelters and the pier head with its theatre isolated from the shoreline. Late in 1978, a plan to link the isolated pier head by monorail and build a new 1200 seater theatre collapsed when an application for financial assistance was turned down. Debris from the wrecked pier was scattered for several miles around with souvenir hunters coming into the area to see what they could find. Proposals to reconnect the pier ultimately failed due to high costs and in 1983, the eastern shelters were dismantled and demolished. By 1985, the isolated pier head was now derelict and was earmarked to be demolished. It was considered a risk to small shipping and also to the public. Due to its Grade II listed classification, special permission was granted to dismantle the pier head in stages starting from October 1985, until a fire gutted the building. After the fire burned itself out, only the cast-iron stanchions were left and these were removed in January 1986.

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27th January 2019


World Vision –  Omondi & Grace.

The Church’s World Vision account could be healthier. It has come to my notice that there are members who think we will only accept £50 notes – this is not so, we are glad to receive small change – pennies, tuppences, even those annoying little five pence pieces, all are welcome along with silver, pound coins and notes. Please continue to support our African young students.

Lexophilia.

A Lexophile is a person who has a love for words. I have, in the past, often used “Neilisms” to fill a space in the ‘Newsletter’ and, twice recently, I have been lucky enough to have contributions from Jo but I have now received two pages of ‘LynnTongisms’ which should keep me going for some time. Lynn is obviously a lexophile.

Here are some examples to start us off :
“You can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna fish.”
“To write with a broken pencil is pointless.”
“A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.”

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20th January 2019

Martin Luther King Junior.
Although Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 the USA  holiday of  “Martin Luther King Day” is celebrated tomorrow, on the third Monday of the month. He was an American  Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. He is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, tactics inspired by his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi. King led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott, the 1962 struggle against segregation in Albany, and the nonviolent 1963 protests in Birmingham, Alabama, He is probably best known in England for organizing the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. On October 14, 1964, King won the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. In his final years, he expanded his focus to include opposition towards poverty and the Vietnam War. In 1968 King was assassinated on April 4 in Memphis, Tennessee. King was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. In 1986 “Martin Luther King Jr. Day” was established as a holiday at the federal level by legislation signed by President Ronald Reagan.

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13th January 2019

January 13th.
As often happens when I don’t have any ‘News’ for this page I look up the day’s Saint to write about – there are four Saints whose ‘Feast Day’ this is, which is too much information, even for me !
They are Hilary, Kentigern, Antony Pucci and  Berno of Cluny.
Berno (d. 927) was the Co-founder and first Abbot of the Abbey of Cluny which soon became the largest and most influential abbey in all of Western Europe. Berno was a strict ‘Benedictine’ monk who insisted on making his monks return to the Rule of St Benedict, a rule which demanded individual chastity and poverty within an organisation that was complete, orderly and workable while concentrating on liturgical prayer and sacred reading. Aiming for self-sufficiency the monks became agricultural experts. Many Benedictine monasteries and Nunneries were founded in Lincolnshire, the nearest being at Skendleby. So St Berno encouraged Christianity in Lincolnshire, from which Anglican Parishes developed, out of which the Wesley brothers came and who we thank for our present faith.        Thank God for St Berno.

Jo’s contribution this week is -  “ People are funny : they want the front of the bus, the ‘middle of the road’ and the back of the church.

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6th January 2019

January 6th.
We celebrate this day as Epiphany,  also known as Three Kings’ Day or Twelfth Night. The word  Epiphany means “manifestation” or “showing forth”. It is the date which commemorates the first two occasions on which Jesus’ divinity  was manifested: when the three wise men or Magi visited infant Jesus in Bethlehem, and when John the Baptist baptized him in the River Jordan. The Roman Catholic and Protestant churches emphasize the visit of the Magi when they celebrate the Epiphany. The Eastern Orthodox churches focus on Jesus’ baptism. Epiphany is one of the oldest Christian feasts. It has been celebrated since the end of the second century, before the Christmas holiday was established. Some authorities also give this as the date of the Miracle at Cana when Christ’s power was manifest. A questionable Roman author called Ammianus Marcellinus wrote in 361AD that the 6th was Christ’s birthday. In some churches and countries it is still celebrated as Christmas Day or, sometimes, as Christmas Eve,


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