What’s in a Name………

Posted by GIFT admin on Apr 30, 2013 in GIFT

Hats off to leader Mark for taking the time to google every youngster’s name in GIFT and find the origin! Do you know the origin of your own name? Mark didn’t just get bored one evening, he did do it for a reason. In honour of St George the youngsters produced their own shields which represented themselves and the things that mattered to them. They could use the origin of their own name if they wished. Look out for the finished products on display in Ettington Church and see if you can guess whose shield is whose. After a mini potted history on St George (who the youngsters correctly guessed was martyred by “having his head chopped off – yeah!”) Steve Evans foxed everyone with his devilishly difficult quiz and in the chaos that ensued, and generally does around the time a sugar fix is required, we’ve absolutely no idea who won. We did manage to get outside for the first time in a long while as it was such a pleasant evening so let’s pray for more of those in the weeks to come. The next session will be on Tuesday 7th May at 7pm when we should be able to reveal some of our plans for the rest of the term, including a session on the playing field at the Community Centre and an end of term party/BBQ. Jane.


Cry — God for Harry! England and Saint George!

Posted by GIFT admin on Apr 19, 2013 in GIFT

No, we won’t be studying Shakespeare’s Henry V on Tuesday evening (even if it is his birthday) but as it’s St George’s Day we thought it only appropriate that we celebrate the occasion. Suitably ‘saintly’ activities are planned including some creative heraldry and another of Steve Evans’ delightful quizzes. Hopefully by the end of the evening we will all have learned a little more about St George too. Watch this space for a report on the evening’s activities. Jane Evans.



Posted by John on Apr 18, 2013 in John Horton, Stourdene News

Church News May 2013


Two months ago we were all looking forward to spring. Now as I write this, not very much has changed! The days are longer, the snow drops have come and gone but there is much in our gardens still waiting for some warm sun before it really gets into growing mode. The snow beside some of the higher lanes around Ilmington was still pretty deep over the Easter weekend.

Farmers locally and further afield, have been having a particularly bad time. Many were unable to plant their crops at the back end of last year because of the heavy rain and there remains much ground un-sown because of the continued wet and, more recently, bitter cold. Grass has not been plentiful for livestock and many lambs have been struggling in the snow. Parts of Wales and Northern Ireland have been particularly badly hit but even in the drier areas of the country autumn planted crops are, at best thin.

All of this is likely to force up the prices of our food later in the year. Processing, transport and packaging account for much of the cost of food but a shortage of the basic commodity is bound to have an impact on prices! On top of that the recent changes to the benefits system will also have a negative impact on at least some people.

Our new Fosse Foodbank is due to carry out its first distribution on Wednesday 8 May in Kineton; the same day as there is to be a presentation in Ettington Church at 7.30 pm about how the Fosse Foodbank operates.

It has been great to see quite a few Stourdene churches collecting food for the Foodbank and people offering to help in different ways – more offers will be welcome as will a regular supply of food donations from all those able to provide them. The main items required are: UHT or powdered milk, sugar (500 grams), Long life cartons of fruit juice, tins of soup, pasta sauces, tinned sponge puddings, tinned tomatoes, breakfast cereals, tinned rice pudding, tea bags, instant coffee, instant mash potatoes, rice/pasta, tinned meat/fish, tinned vegetables, tinned fruit, jam, biscuits or snack bars.

Help is required for the next food collection at Tesco’s in Southam on Saturday 6th July whilst admin and warehouse staff will be required over at Kineton. Donations towards running costs are welcome and there are green leaflets in our churches with further details should you require them. Later this year when we hope to have our own distribution point in the Benefice we will need help with that.

In the meantime please do not forget the meeting at Ettington on 8 May and do please keep the whole Foodbank project in your prayers. In a difficult year for many folk in our communities this is a very practical and worthwhile way in which the church and all people of good will can respond. I trust you will feel able to do so. Thank you.



A Rich Inheritance

We are planning to run a five week course in the Benefice for all who would like to attend. It is Called “Rich Inheritance” and is one of the much loved York Courses. Everyone who would like to attend is welcome to do so.
The course has been written by the Bishop of Chelmsford and participants include Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Dr. Paula Gooder, Dr. David Hope and Jim Wallis. The course starts with the crucified Christ who left only a small band of mainly illiterate fishermen charged with taking his message of love and reconciliation to the world. Over the weeks we will explore what changed these men and what made everything else possible.
There will be five afternoon sessions at Alderminster Vicarage commencing at 2.30 pm on Thursday May 16th; and five evening sessions at Ettington Vicarage commencing at 7.30 pm on Thursday 23rd; May so that people can choose the time that suits them best.
If you would like to attend the afternoon sessions please let John know on 01789 459241 or Cath if you would like to attend the evening sessions on 01789. We look forward to seeing you.
Cath and John.


GIFT Visit to Cadbury World

Posted by GIFT admin on Apr 8, 2013 in GIFT

I suppose that there might well be worse ways of spending a dreary, cold, mid-March Saturday afternoon than taking a visit around one of the world’s most famous (stand aside for the moment Mr Willy Wonka and your oompa loompas) chocolate factories; Cadbury World. Imagine, if you can, having the power to create your own, unique chocolate flavour…., standing in an almost fairytale, fantastical factory and having to choose between fillings such as marshmallows, rice krispies, white chocolate buttons, hazelnuts and jelly babies. Your choice made (I can thoroughly recommend the rice krispie option), you then watch for an indulgently mouth-watering 5 seconds or so as your mug is topped up with unctuous, molten Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate…. At best, heavenly; at worst simply yummy. In short a very pleasurable experience. And this was just the beginning. Not unsurprisingly, chocolate was never far from our thoughts, nor in short supply. As we embarked on our tour, chocolate bars were issued; this time Crunchie bars and Curly Wurlies (after the molten chocolate experience, these “regular” bars had a more digestible healthy “bite” to them…!). We then went on to learn about the history of chocolate and how the Cadbury family made their chocolate so delicious by adding the distinctive ‘glass and a half’ of full dairy milk to each batch. There were live demonstrations on how chocolate is tempered as well as a glance behind the secret curtains of the packaging section (perhaps the most disappointing aspect of the visit – what was so secret about a conveyor belt??!). Oh, I nearly forgot, more free chocolate was handed out (this time pure, chunky, Dairy Milk…, nothing added, nothing taken away!). The jewel in the Cadbury crown was the gift shop which took us, once more, into the fantasy realm of Cadbury chocolate. Every conceivable Cadbury product was there and most of us took advantage of this and took yet more chocolate goodies home! We left, our clothes perfumed by the omnipresent smell of warm, molten chocolate and our appetites for chocolate (and probably Cadbury) Easter eggs firmly wetted!

Steve Lowe

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