“Hmmm, now where did I put that…”?
You never know when a trip down memory lane will strike. It may be
during one of those very necessary spring cleans - it may be
happening right now! Some of us can be great hoarders: “I’ll keep
that just in case”. With me it could easily be a newspaper snippet,
may be something from The Church Times, which, I believe, just may
come in useful for a sermon idea sometime. Fine, and it gets filed
away. The trouble is that these things have a habit of breeding and
eventually you just know something must be done. The trouble is
that, as you clear, so you read and remember what was going on at
the time, both personally and in your Church life and the whole
process lengthens and some things you cannot bear to part with.
Greetings cards containing notes from relatives, some at important
moments in our lives. Memories may be there at times of Baptism for
the children, may be even our own messages of hope for God’s
presence with us as we journey on. As you continue the rummage you
get lost in precious memories, written notes in old familiar
handwriting, the black and white photograph with curled edges ….
‘Now, just who is that’, you wonder. And it all seeks to pull us
back to another time.
Most recently, my trip down memory lane took the form of an old
wooden chair, now housed in my study. It’s just a chair, no special
branded name, but it’s always been a part of things you see. Great
Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles - they all sat on it, some in their
Salvation Army Uniform with their cheery disposition and kindly way.
Our faith is a living faith, one which is lived out in the
communities in which we move. But we reached this point aided by
those who have gone before us and guided by a certain light. The
glow we feel inside as we travel down memory lane is driven by a
certain warmth, very much to do with relationships, our desire, our
longing, taking that line from The Lord’s prayer, “Thy Kingdom Come,
thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”.
As I write, we are in the middle of the nine days between Ascension
and Pentecost and that line is uppermost in our prayers. Surely
though, not just for nine days I hear you say!
And my reply … absolutely not – “Give us this day our daily bread”
is the line before and as those in our memory prayed for us, so we
now pray that same prayer both written on paper, but also on our
hearts, such that it can never be lost or thrown away.
With every blessing to you all
Associate Priest: The Revd. Tim Wood – Tel. 01488 669261; Mob:
07927352847; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benefice Administrator: Alex King, part-time at the Benefice Office
– Tel. 01635 226 064; Email: email@example.com.
Inkpen: Gerald Atkinson (tel. 668375).
Combe: David Russell (tel. 668229), Katherine Astor (tel. 668284).
Inkpen graveyards on-line
For anyone wishing to view the details of Inkpen's graveyards,
including burial details, grave stone inscriptions and the
location of the graves, please click here.
Inkpen Burial, Marriage, Baptism and Birth records covering the
period 1607 to 1837 can be found on the Inkpen history website, here.
NEWS FROM ST. MICHAEL'S
You will read later in the Bulletin a tribute to Peter Bell who
died last month. Like me he was a son of the clergy and we had
much in common. He contributed significantly to the spiritual life
of our church over the last 20 years and for the last four years,
before he left the village, he was my co-churchwarden. So, from
much discussion and many conversations over the years I feel sure
that he would like to leave us, as far as I can, with these
thoughts, for us to ponder on.
Most of all perhaps he could not bear the thought that all of us
are "miserable sinners living in perpetual fear of God." Rather he
accepted the views of Palagius (c. 354 - 440) who stood for free
will and insisted that man's moral nature was basically good. In
consequence sin was a wilful act against God. And, that being so,
we had a responsibility to voluntarily choose those actions that
would promote our spiritual development. He saw the life of Christ
as our example and the grace of the Holy Spirit as our aid.
A Service of Thanksgiving will be held here in St. Michael's later
this year. Peter, may you rest in peace and rise again in glory.
Moving to the practicalities of managing our village Church we
have our Annual Parochial Church Meeting in the Church Room on
Tuesday 22nd June starting at 7pm. This amounts to a review of the
previous year and the election of officers for the coming year.
All may attend but only those on the Church Electoral Roll are
entitled to vote. For further information on this, contact Elsa
Atkinson who is the Electoral Roll Officer on 01488 668375. This
meeting is followed by a meeting of the Parochial Church Council
which discusses matters of present and future concern. For this
you are very welcome to come and listen but not to take part.
More on the history of St. Michael's next month.
Gerald Atkinson. Churchwarden.
Holy Communion at 8.30am on 6th June,
Parish Communion at 9.45am on 13th June and
Compline at 4pm on 20th June.
Holy Communion at 11.15am on 20th June.
Inkpen Church is open for individual prayer each Wednesday from
10am to 4pm. All are welcome. For all services, please visit
www.walburybeaconbenefice.org.uk Other than those given in News
from St. Michael’s these can be found on this Walbury Beacon
Our Lady of Lourdes, Priory Road, Hungerford RG17 0AF
Parish Priest - Fr Zbigniew Budyn 01635 40332
Sunday Mass – every Sunday at 9.00am
Weekday Mass - every Wednesday at 10.00am
For further information contact Paul Burrough 01488 668882 Mobile
07836 292976 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Lendon Bell died peacefully on Wednesday, 19th May, aged 81.
He lived in Inkpen for many years but recently moved to Devon to be
with his daughter and family. A service will be held in Inkpen
Church later in the Summer – date to be confirmed.
A victorian view - now and then
The images of St. Michael's past and present are shown here