* September/October 1971.
The Rector's Letter.
My dear Friends,
We all regret the fact that there has been no Newsletter for some time.
The technical and other difficulties which have brought this about have now
been overcome and it is hoped that a regular letter will again be a feature
of the Village.
I am sure you are all very pleased to hear that I have appointed
Mr. Richard Love as Assistant Curate. He will live in the Parsonage and have
the special responsibility of pastoral work in Coleshill. Mr. and Mrs. Love,
with their nine months old child, will move into the Parsonage in time to
take the Service on Sunday, the 3rd October. At present he is Curate of the
Church of the Ascension, Balham, in the Diocese of Southwark, whffirft he was
ordained. This will be his second Curacy. I hope you will all make them
very welcome and show them every kindness.
In future, there will be a 9 a.m. Family Communion at All Saints' every
Sunday. There will be Evensong on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month
and a weekday celebration of Holy Communion every Thursday at 10 a.m.
following the School Service in the Church every Thursday at 9 a.m.
There will also be a weekly celebration of Holy Communion at Coleshill
House and Rushymead.
All arrangements for Baptisms, Burials and Beddings are in future to be
made directly and personally with Mr. Love.
It is suggested that Harvest Festival and All Saints' Patronal Festival
this year be held together on Sunday, the 31st October. There will be
Services at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., the latter followed by refreshments in the
Village Hall. This will probably be the first social occasion for you all
to meet and talk to Mr. and Mrs. Love and to make them feel welcome and at
Yours sincerely,
Allan Campbell.
10th July Andrew Alexander Marshall - son of John Simon and Lavinia
Rose Turton Horsburgh-Porter.
3rd September Miguel Felipe Thridgould de Sousa and June Carol Ruperti
&th September Richard Charles Attridge and Susan Mary Rounsley
10th September RichfePd Maurice Weller and Sandra Jacqueline Susan Nicolas
The hard work put in by the Chairman Mr. J.D, Cossey, the Hon. Secretary
Mr. S.M. Rann and. members of the Committee of the Coleshill Horticultural
Society was well rewarded on Saturday, the llth September, when a large
attendance turned up to support a fine display of flowers, fruit, vegetables,
cakes and jams, in a most attractive setting.
Owing to holidays and illness, the entries were down on last year - 360
compared with 398. The standard of individual prizewinners was as high
as ever before but the recent adverse weather showed itself in the vegetables
for example.
The Grindley Cup for vegetables, open to residents who
cultivate their own gardens and
allotment holders Mr. R. Woolacott
The Jerram Cup for vegetables, open Mr. R. Woolacott
The Cotswold Cup for flowers Mrs. C. Stanton
The Coleshill Cup for preserves Mr. C. Prouse
The Edmund Waller Cup for pastries Mrs. A. Jamieson
The Wheat sheaf Cup for children Shane Riley
The Ovington Rose Bowl Mrs. R. Woolacott
The show was opened by Mrs. Post who graciously accepted a box of
chocolates from Miss Suzanna Davis, and an auction was most persuasively
conducted by Mr. S. Clifton.
At the request of members, the Clerk of the Parish Council had enquired
from the County Council as to whether Coleshill should be among the villages
deemed suitable as a Conservation Area under the Civic Amenities Act 196?
and a reply had now been received that the Village had been put on the
Conservation List. This decision was a happy one, as we can now look
forward to preserving the beautiful outward looking views from many points
in Coleshill.
One Councillor raised the problem of rabbits in gardens, and the consequent
loss of so much garden produce. It was explained by the Clerk that gardeners
are responsible for seeing that their gardens are made rabbit proof. The
Parish Council has decided to continue membership of the Rabbit Society despite
the increase of the fee from £1.00 to £^.63 as the Parish Council is then able
to call upon this Society to clear the Common and- the allotments of these
attractive little pests, should the need arise.
The Clerk had received a note from the Amersham R.D.C. regarding a
further complaint about the re-planting being done in Hodgmoor Woods and
asking for members to attend a Meeting in the Woods on a Saturday in July,
Mr. Rann and Mrs. Stevens represented Goleshill at this Meeting, and it was
quite clear that the complaint was entirely unfounded, and that the planting
was in accordance with the plan accepted by all bodies concerned in 1969.
are extended to Mr. Timothy M.W. Weedon upon obtaining a Ph. D. of the
University of Warwick, and to his sister Mrs, Vaughan Smith upon the birth
of a son, Philip David, at Kidderminster on April 26th.
The following letter has been received and forwarded to the Parish Council:
"Apparently under the current rules a village cannot enter under
its particular class, e.g. for those with a population say between
500/1,000 if it has already won one of the other cups. It can only
enter for the Michaelis Cup open to all classes who have previously
won a prize.
At some distance in the future, one can imagine that there be entries
from all the prizewinnuers for the Michaelis Cup, leaving perhaps
one village in each class. The judges will then have to decide
whether such villages can be considered up to standard, they cannot
be considered the "best Kept" - they may be terribly untidy.
Could not the Parish Council inspire the donors to revert to entries
as before, i.e. according to the size of the village and to allow
prizewinners to enter for the Michaelis Cup - a sort of a "victor
In a sense the winners of any particular class should be announced
as the 'best kept village in say Class I less 3, the previous winners'
ANON (verified) "
The Chairman thinks that the suggestion has some merit and will discuss
the matter at the next Parish Council Meeting.
BUT that does not disguise the fact that results of the recent
competition have been announced and Coleshill is not even in the short list.
The principal reason that we failed is because of the appalling amount
of litter. What good does it do for people to keep their verges tidy,
and for the care and attention devoted to the Churchyard, the Common and
the Village Hall, if they are to be let down. It is no good passing the
blame on to lorry drivers who drop litter about the place.
If everyone in the village could make a special effort to discourage
people - in particular children - from dropping litter, throughout the
year and not only during the competition time, it is thought that there
would be a great improvement.
And it is no good blaming the duckweed on the pond. That is a natural
growth, which is expected - as long as the surrounds to the pond are tidy.
Amongst the pupils who were presented with prizes by Mr. Cyril Geeves
on behalf of the Amersham Rotary Club was Paulina Antosiewicz who had been
head girl and a prefect at Brudenell Secondary School and was commended
for her integrity, enthusiasm and devotion to- the school.
Mr. Reginald Uoolacott, as Chairman of the Association of Amersham and
Amersfoort, accompanied Sir James Miller, a former Lord Mayor of London and
Provost of Edinburgh, and other celebrities when they presented the
Burgomaster of Amersfoort with a 4-ton piece of granite from the old London
Bridge as symbolic of the friendship which has existed between the two towns
since the Association was founded in 1953.
The ceremony took place on Saturday, the 21st August, to initiate 2 weeks'
festivities in Amersfoort known as the Keifersten. The first stone (De kei
in Dutch) dates back to the ice age and is first mentioned in historical
records when it was lying between Utrecht and Amersfoort. In 1661 a man
accepted a wager to pull the stone to Amersfoort by man power alone and won
by rolling the stone on cannon balls. The celebration was in memory of this
event, and to forge another link in the chain of friendship between the two
Thanks to the kind -invitation of Mrs. H. Grindley, a very successful tea
party was held at Luckings Farm on the 12th August. Had the weather been
better the party could have been held entirely in the garden, but the rain
and drizzle could not prevent the success of the party which was well and
generously supported.
Two "Mystery Parcels" also containing a "Treasure" were quickly sold out.
The Raffles, household and cake stalls all did good trade, and the picture
post-card competition "Do you know England" was well supported. Mrs. Gow
won the first prize and Mrs. teller was second.
The afternoon ended with a. delicious tea, and the financial result was
£43.50 which has been allocated to Church expenses and also to the Church
kneeler fund.
__.________ SENT_BY _SISTER EDITH FRANCES.__________
"In 1970, 1,049 babies were born in the- hospital including 45 sets of
twins, 2 sets of triplets and one set of quads. The child care clinics
flourish with over 3>OOQ children on the books. Fortunately they do not
all come at once."
"Four lovely parcels of cot blankets arrived lately. When I look round
the wards at the gay cot blankets and other nice things I do wish my thanks
could be a bit more adequate. One blanket went straight into use to warm a
baby not two days old who was brought in from a village nearby with a
temperature, of only 91 degrees. The baby's life was saved."
"Little baby Ngala in the Coleshill cot went home at the end of May as
his father had married again. The father was most grateful for Coleshill's
help with the fees and said that because of this he could afford to re-marry
and take his baby home." (The help given by Coleshill refers to a £20
donation sent by All Saints' Church together with other generous donations
from friends)
"The cot is now occupied by a very poor little boy - Omari Ally. His
mother has died, his father has T.B. and is out of work and Omari himself
is infected with T.B. He is 1-g- years old and weighs only 13 Ibs. He
indeed heeds help."
Magila Hospital (Contd.) Sister Edith Frances" report is on the board
in the Church porch and gives news of some of the other children. There is
also a photograph of the babies taken at the Christmas party which was paid for
by the Christmns present sent from Coleshill.
At the Annual Open Day at Coleshill School the principal guests were the
Earl Howe, C.3.E., J.P., D.L., Chairman of the Education Committee and the
Countess Howe, who gave away the prizes. The prize-winners were:
Stefan Junger Clare Creber
Andrew Tilson Karen Gordon-Giles
James wright Sharon Reavey
Henrietta Forbes-Wels Lynne Truett
Karen Payne Caroline Bowler
Debra Reading lan Street
Alien Edwards Colin Gordon-Giles
Jennifer White Neil Payne
There were more than 100 parents and friends present. The Headmaster
introduced the principal guests and reminded the present Earl that the
first Earl Howe donated an acre of land for the founding of the school in 1847.
In his speech the Earl praised the music of the school. "I cannot see
the school closing with the numbers falling" he continued, "standards are
high and there is a shortage of schools in the area for the number of children.;|
He would assure parents of the continuance of the school and would actively
look into any way in which he could revive the falling numbers.
Before the presentation of the priees by Countess Howe, entertainment
was provided by the choir and orchestra conducted by Mrs. Pauline Griffiths.
~_ A Jumble Sale will be held in the Village Hall on Friday ~_
~ the 24th September from 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Admission 2 np. ~
= Articles for sale should be sent to the Village Hall on =
- Thursday, the 23rd, from 2.30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and requests =
= for transport, if required, should be made to Mrs. Ovington =
- (Amersham 5233). =
Fri. Sept.24 Jumble Sale
Thurs. Oct. 14 . W.I. Personal Experiences at an A.C.^.W. Conference.
Thurs. " 21 Mothers' Union - Mrs. Pierson "Family Matters"
Winchmore Hill.
Tues. Nov. 2 Meeting - All Saints' Church Committee 8 p.m.
Mon. " 8 Meeting - Parochian Church Committee
Tuesday " 16 Village Hall Committee - 8.15 p.m.
Rector; The Revd. A. Campbell, M.A. (Cantab), Beaumont, Hervines Road,
Amersham (tel. 7135) or St. Mary's Parish Office, Church Street,
(tel. 4712).
Sunday Services? 8.00 a.m. HOLY COMMUNION
10.00 a.m. Children's Service
11.00 a.m. 3rd & 5th Sundays:
2nd & 4th Sundays; Mattins
6.00 p.m. Sung Evensong
N.B. 1st Sundays One morning Service only
at 10.00 a.m.
10.00 a.m. HOLY COMMUNION.
For an experimental period of six months starting on the 3rd January 1971
there will be one service only on the morning of the first Sunday in each
month. This service will be a Holy Communion Service for families
worshipping together, i.a. father, mother and children. It is hoped that
parents will bring children up to the Altar Rail with them.
Every Sunday
2nd and 4th Sundays
Every Thursday
9.00 a.m.
10.15 a.m.
6.00 p.m.
10.00 a.m.
Sunday School
St. Andrews' Mission Church,_Uinchmore Hill.
There is a celebration of Holy Communion on the second Sunday of each
month at 10.30 a.m.
Assistant Curate; The Reverend Richard Love, -The Parsonage, Coleshill.
Pro-Churchwardenss N.N. Nicholls (and Hon.Sec.) Orchard House (tel. 6734-)
D. Powell-Price, Coleshill Lodge (tel: 3949)
Treasurer: R.G. Stubbings, Springfield, Tower Road (tel: 4738)
Assistant Hon.Sec.s Miss Asher, Radnor Cottage, Magpie Lane (tel: 6866)
Published by All Saints' Church Committee.