A couple of weeks ago we had a triumphant performance of Handel’s Messiah -
Macbeth is a fascinating play. And it contains many layers of ethical and psychological insight. It is a tragedy in the proper sense, it deals with betrayal, ambition, the divine right of kings, temptation, witchcraft and so much more. It resonates with Shakespeare’s time and that of his king, James, and it speaks to us today as though it were written only yesterday.
It causes us to question our own lives and the meaning behind them. There is a book, by Rabbi Harold Kushner called ‘When all you’ve ever wanted isn’t enough’. Macbeth should have read that book. But that of course is the problem that lottery winners, leaders and our local diamond thieves alike experience, and we do sometimes, to the extent that if we want something and get it, we soon want something else. Everything is never enough. Lucky are we, perhaps, who cannot have everything, because there is room then for a little ambition, a little hope, and a purpose in life. Being ambitious needn't be wrong, it’s just overleaping ambition that demands and gets fulfilment at the expense of others, that is damaging, to individuals and society.
Macbeth is also a traitor -
There is much much more in Macbeth of course. There are resonances of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Saul and Jonathan -
Sometimes what you want is right, and its lovely when it happens. Give thanks for that -
Or if you didn’t get what you wanted, did it really matter? Perhaps it did really matter -
7 June 2015
Hugo Edison Guiseppe Lodato
Elsie Beau Jean Vinton
In June the choir of St Monica’s Primary School under its new director, Ms Phillips, came and entertained us at the recital. The children sang with enthusiasm and confidence, a variety of songs including assembly songs. There were also vocal solos and a cello solo. It was very enjoyable and good to see youngsters enjoying music making.
At 12.30 on Wednesday 8 July, Nigel Blomily and the Ahern Trio will play for us. Gordon, our vicar, will join the players for one piece. Nigel is an excellent cellist who has played for us at Patronal Festivals and concerts over the years. Do come for a feast of music and perhaps a ploughman’s lunch.
12:30 pm -
Ploughman's Lunch £3.00, if required, in the Choir Vestry afterwards.
10th June St Monica’s School -
8th July Nigel Blomily and the Anern Trio
August – No Concert
9th September Catherine Leonard -
14th October Susannah Knight -
11th November Sandra Sinclair -
9th December TBA
Parish Magazine Archives
1 August 2015
Vic Harrington, Pam Hagan, Helen Clarke
29 August 2015
Arja Cutts, Val Hayes, Kate Bissett
26 September 2015
Ken and Laura Cope, Gill Bird
31 October 2015
Vic Harrington, Pam Hagan, Helen Clarke
28 November 2015
Peter Lamb, Carol Lamb, Eleanor Pritchard
2 January 2016
Vic Harrington, Pam Hagan, Helen Clarke
If you know of any lady or gentleman who would be able to help with stapling or if you are unable to keep the above dates please contact either Michael or Janet Dixon or Janet Whelpdale.
When planning an event, however large or small, do please consider St Mary Magdalene Church Hall.
The large hall can accommodate up to 80 people seated or 120 standing and has a well equipped kitchen with full cooking facilities.
The small hall seats 24 or around 40 standing and has its own self-
For details of availability and rates please use our contact page.
Please check them regularly particularly if you are a reader or intercessor.
Now the weather is improving we can look forward to enjoying our lovely garden. Following their success last year we would like to invite everyone to join in our Parish Picnics. These will take place on the last Sunday of the month after coffee. All you need to do is bring a picnic and relax.
See you there!
to be held at
(home of Alison & Paul Reeve)
Saturday 11th July
4:00 pm onwards.
Salads, bread and desserts will be provided as well as plates and cutlery.
You just bring whatever you want to cook, your favourite tipple and a garden chair if you have one.
If you don't like BBQ -
There is lots of space for games and for sitting enjoying the sunshine. Something for everyone, however young.
Ask Alison or Paul for any more information.
The next Traidcraft stall will be on
in the hall after 10:00 am service.
All the usual essentials and treats will be there.
Come and see if there is anything new.
For more information and how to pay please use the form on the Contact page and email Gordon.
Carriages at 11:00 pm
Choose one from each course
Warm bacon & tomato salad
Tempura prawns with sweet chilli dip
Melon fan and fruits of the forest
Grilled salmon, lobster & prawn sauce
Loin of pork with Dijon mustard sauce
Sautéed chicken chasseur
Pannacotta with fresh raspberries
Dutch Apple flan
Strawberry Mille feuille
Please advise your choices for this year's event.
If you know other folk who might like to come please let me know.
Vegetarian menu available
Items for the August 2015 edition to the editor by Sunday 12 July, please. It would be appreciated that if items are submitted on CD, they should be accompanied by a hard copy and with details of the file name. Documents should be in Microsoft Word or plain text. Please use the magazine section of the pigeon-
Apologies for being a month late with this. Thank you to all who came to support our Coffee Morning in May. It was lovely to see so many people and thank you for raising £151 for the Imagine Project. I spoke to Lorraine at Ray Barker’s funeral. She said how much the Project appreciates our efforts, it has meant so much to them. So please continue to support the Coffee Mornings and other Imagine fund raising.
Maureen and Keith Rew
Lorraine Williams writes….
2014 has been a defining year for myself and Imagine. It was 25 years since Joe and I first arrived in Mozambique, 15 years since the registration of Imagine and 10 years since moving?to work in the district of Katembe. Much has been achieved during this time and my heart is full of gratitude for the many people we have met along the way on both sides of the world. The experience has been an amazing one and although sorrow has been part of the journey the blessings are what shine through. The hope of the people, the happiness of the children and communion across the miles and cultures; we are all different yet the same. So many lessons have been learnt, it’s not easy to put it into words! Some things have to be experienced, as those who have made it to Mozambique over the years can testify.
After much thought and consideration, I decided that it was the correct timing to start to wind-
Mozambique is moving forward and there has been so much change over the years. Katembe itself is on the brink of expansion with a bridge linking it to Maputo city under construction. Maputo city is bursting at the seams and new buildings and businesses are very evident to see. So change is here to stay and the district will also move forward, causing pain and growth for all involved. We hope and pray for a better future for all involved.
The community food distribution programme was brought to a close at the end of 2014. A very special end of year gathering was held at the Family Homes centre. Imagine will continue to provide food support for the “Elderly people’s village” for the remainder of this year. The hand-
Imelda Escalona, who has worked with Imagine for the past 10 years with total dedication, is the manager in charge of the Family Homes centre during this transition year . Imelda will continue to work directly with Social Action until the hand-
My deepest thanks and gratitude to every one who has joined us on this journey. My hope is that you have also been blessed by the many amazing things that have happened as we joined together with love and hope to do “something beautiful for God” to quote Mother Teresa, who was a huge inspiration to our life’s work.
God Bless each and everyone of you.
Ken cope explained the new St Mary Magdalene website. This project has taken several months to complete. This will provide information of all activities in the church, services, details of all groups from the Drama Group to the Stitchers. The chancel restoration with before and after pictures is shown in great detail. Ken organises websites for a number of other people.
Next month on 15 July we shall hold our summer lunch at the Olive Tree Café in Chase Court Gardens.
It is a long time since we had a day out to Frinton -
Frinton is a lovely seaside spot having a large sandy beach with room for games and competitions. We will travel their and back by coach which will be £18 per seat. (A little more than originally estimated due to numbers. We will be a group of about 30.) We will meet at the church ready for a 9.00am departure and will aim to leave Frinton at 4.00pm
There are now just a few places left on the coach so if you are interested in booking a place please speak to Alison Reeve. For those who have already booked a place please give your payment to Alison; cheques should be made payable to St Mary Magdalene Church.
For our walk on Sunday 10 June we did in fact manage to ‘Beat the Bounds’ hopefully managing to adhere as closely as possible to the Parish Boundary in light of modern developments.
‘Beating the Bounds’ usually took place on Ascension Day and evolved during the reign of Elizabeth I. It had developed from earlier ceremonies of Rogationtide. A Priest leads those present around the Parish Boundaries offering prayers for the harvest whilst young boys would beat the boundary stones with sticks. We failed miserably in this by not having any young boys and that the boundary stones have long been lost under modern developments.
I cannot offer a walk for July as we shall be away on 12 July and look forward to August when we intend to go to Upshire on Sunday 9th lured by the prospect of tea and cakes.
A huge Thank You to everyone who collected Christian Aid Envelopes this year. We know this is not always an easy job and appreciate all your efforts. The money we have collected will make a difference to some of the poor and needy somewhere in the world.
As yet, at the time of going to print, we do not have a final total. We will let everyone know as soon as we do. But it is over £1000.
Alison and Paul Reeve
The Drama Group’s recent production of ‘Macbeth’ was nearly a year in the making -
So now it’s over I think it only right to express huge thanks to those who helped to make it such a success. For Gordon's wholehearted support for the project from the very outset and for the Drama Group Committee’s willingness to agree to the idea I owe huge thanks. Then to everyone who took part both on and off stage in whatever capacity, each played an equal part in making it an unforgettable experience for me as the director, for the company who helped create it and to our fantastically enthusiastic audiences. This was the longest rehearsal period the group has had in its long history -
Any of you who came to watch on the two June evenings, would have seen something quite special, from the totally brilliant Macbeths (Derek Parr and Alison Reeve), to the fleet footed Fleance (Maria Giles) and the totally heroic Malcolm (Colin Guthrie) who returned to the St Mary's stage after far too long an absence. Forgive me for being totally biased, but every performance was fantastic!
With 17 people in the cast and a crew of 5, I haven’t room to thank them individually, but special mention should go to James and Elise Horlick for the fantastic lights and sound, and to Sue Rix for working magic with our make-
I have now had a little time to reflect on what we have achieved, and in some ways it now feels like it was a dream. But we did it! We dared to walk in the footsteps of theatrical giants...and we did it! What an adventure and what fun we had on the way, I cannot begin to express my love and admiration for, and pride in those who shared the adventure with me. The memories of the blasted heath, the bloody daggers and my year of living with Macbeth will stay with me forever. To the members of cast, crew and audience alike, huge thanks for making the whole experience such an exhilarating, enjoyable and unforgettable experience.
The Group's United Service for Pentecost was held at St Mary Magdalene. It was a quiet, contemplative service with the atmosphere for the Taize worship set by the musicians employed for the evening. The attendance at the service was disappointing considering the effort it had taken in organising and mounting this service. It was an ‘oasis of calm amidst the hustle and bustle of modern life’ and will live long in the memory.
Gordon and Jessica Giles
Mo and Malcolm Lunn
Laura and Ken Cope
Lilian and Colin Gibbens
June and Ron Carr
Thank you to them all for volunteering. I do hope many of you will manage to join us for at least some of these dates, especially as it will be our last year of supporting our dear friends at Imagine and all the wonderful work they do.
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|Meet The Team|
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|Gordon's Collation & Induction|
|Come and Sing|
|Songs of Praise|
|Southgate Symphony Orchestra Concert|
|Norwich Cathedral Outing|
|London Bridges Sponsored Walk|
|Launde Abbey 2016|
|Her Majesty the Queen's 90th Birthday Tea|
|Her Majesty the Queen's Birthday Bell Ringing|
|Judy and Michael's Wine and Cheese|
|May Spring Fair|
|Ron Carr RIP|
|Les Fish RIP|
|Pilgrimage to Israel|
|Patronal Festival 2015|
|Parish Barbecue 2015|
|Norman Gillibrand RIP|
|Messiah and VE Day|
|Ray Barker RIP|
|Richard Shone RIP|
|Ian Le Geyt RIP|
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|William Lloyd Webber's "Saviour"|
|Muriel Maxwell Garden|
|Harvest Festival 2013|
|London Ride and Stride 2013|
|Patronal Festival 2013|
|Songs of Praise 23rd June 2013|
|Songs of Praise 16th June 2013|
|Songs of Praise 9th June 2013|
|Nadim Nassar ~ Christ the King|
|News - Our Hymn|
|Boris Karloff Remembered|
|Open House weekend 2012|
|Diary Date: Sunday 20th May|
|London Tonight news|
|Mike Buck’s Funeral|
|Jordan 2012 photos|
|Now on Twitter|
|Advent Carol Service|
|The New Church on the Hill|
|Patronal Festival 2011|
|Vicar's letter July 2011|
|Imagine Project 6 June 2011|
|St Paul's Cathedral Choristers|
|Bell ringers in action video|
|Peals and Quarters|
|St Mary Magdalene Peal Boards|
|Drama photo archive|
|Dramatic Production of Church History|
|The Screwtape Letters|
|Drama Production ~ Macbeth|
|Drama Group with Southgate Opera Revue|
|Radio Times Three|
|Drama Group Report 2015|
|The Founding of our Church|
|The Twells Family|
|Butterfield Altar Frontals|
|Nave Stained Glass Windows|
|Ariel Photo 1921|
|Girl Guides History|
|Windmill with St Mary Magdalene|
|Parish Magazine Archive|
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|Parish Magazine 2017|
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|2015 - November|
|2015 - October|
|Lent 2 2017 - Light at night|
|Lent 1 2017 - Take That Call|
|Ash Wednesday 2017 ~ Ashes to Ashes|
|The fourth Sunday before Lent ~ Salt and Light|
|The Second Sunday After Epiphany 2017|
|Christmas Morning Sermon 2016 - Jackie Fish|
|Midnight Communion Christmas Eve Sermon 2016|
|Carol Service Sermon 2016|
|3 Before Advent|
|All Souls ~ Genesis 7 - Romans 8:18-39|
|Trinity 21 ~ Never give up on prayer|
|Trinity 12 ~ Baptism of Louis Buck|
|Trinity 11 ~ Such stuff of which we are made|
|St Thomas' Day|
|Trinity 4 ~ Healing and hope in a mad world|
|Shakespeare Anniversary Meditation 2016|
|Lent 5 2016|
|Lent 3 2016|
|Ash Wednesday 2016|
|Epiphany 2 2016|
|St John's Day 2015|
|Christmas Morning Service 2015|
|Christmas Eve 2015|
|Carol Service 2015|
|Advent 4 2015 ~ Looking Forward With Mary|
|Advent Sunday 2015 ~ Eschatological Escapings|
|Sunday Before Advent 2015 ~ Christ the King|
|Trinity 18 2015 ~ Childish Paradoxical Interfaces|
|Trinity 11 2015 ~ John Scott RIP|
|Trinity 9 2015|
|Trinity 4 2015|
|Trinity Sunday 2015|
|Lent 3 2015|
|Lent 2 2015|
|Lent 1 2015|
|Ash Wednesday 2015 ~ The 3Rs of Lent|
|Epiphany 2 2015 ~ Called to Freedom|
|Choral Evensong 2015 ~ Fanny Crosby 1820 - 1915|
|Christmas Eve 2014 ~ From Paddington to Kings Cross|
|Carol Service 2014|
|Trinity 11 2014 ~ Taking up the Cross|
|Trinity 3 2014 ~ Dancing and Fluting in Faith|
|Trinity Sunday 2014 ~ Father Son and Holy Spirit’s Day|
|Easter 7 2014 ~ Rising above it all - The Ascension of Jesus|
|Sampford Sermon 2014 ~ Companions on the Emmaus Road|
|Epiphany 3 2014 ~ Solving Sin|
|Advent 4 2013|
|Advent 3 2013 ~ St Mandela the Baptist|
|All Souls 2013|
|All Saints 2013|
|Trinity 17 2013 ~ Dependence and Destiny - The spirituality of Money?|
|Trinity 10 2013 ~ Hosea: Repentance and Relentence|
|Trinity 9 2013 ~ Praying daily for spiritual bread|
|Easter 4 2013 ~ The meaning of Margaret’s Funeral|
|Passion Sunday 2013 ~ Cross words of Love|
|Epiphany 2 2013 ~ Ten Years of Appreciation|
|Baptism of Christ 2013 ~ Starting over and over again....|
|Christmas Eve 2012 ~ Talking Turkey at Christmas|
|2 Before Advent 2012 ~ Shaking the stonework of the Castles of our Souls|
|All Saints 2012 ~ Saints in Jordan|
|Trinity 20 2012 ~ A job for Downton Abbey?|
|Trinity 17 2012 ~ Hoisting Hamaan – Seasoning for sin|
|The Birth of Saint John the Baptist 2012|
|Trinity and Jubilee Sunday 2012|
|Easter 3 2012 ~ Waiting for Heaven|
|Lent 3 2012 ~ Only Connect|
|Ash Wednesday 2012|
|Sunday before Lent 2012|
|3 Before Lent 2012 ~ Have you not heard?|
|Epiphany 2 2012 ~ ‘Come and See’ (What a Mess we have in Jesus)|
|Christmas Eve 2011 ~ Christmas Tweets|
|Advent 2 2011~ O Come, O come, Emmanuel!|
|3 Before Advent 2011 ~ ‘Calling all Capitalists’|
|All Saints 2011 ~ The Big Perspective|
|Patronal Festival 2011 ~ St Mary Magdalene and the anniversary of Church|
|Trinity 4 2011 ~ Jacob - Flawed but not Floored|
|Easter 4 2011 ~ God's Time Zone|
|Maundy Thursday 2011 ~ Eat, Pray, Love, Remember|
|Chancel Restoration Blog|
|Chancel Stained Glass|
|Week One Photos|
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|Week Three Photos|
|Week Three Video|
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|Week Four Video|
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|Jubilee Link Discovered|
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|London Tonight Video|
|Week Eleven Video|
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|Finished Chancel Photos|
|John Boffin and the Titanic|
|Visit from the V&A Museum|
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|The Finishing Touches|