Marie's April Article

25 Mar 18

As I look out of the window (middle of March), gone are the memories of last month and beginning of March when we were snowed in.  My Granddaughter came to see if we needed anything and as she had come on the main road, it was clear.  Of course when she turned into our Crescent, there was all the crisp snow and all the cars parked in the driveways.   She said “Has all of Nuthurst Crescent hunkered down until the snow has gone?”  Well, I don’t know about the others, but we had.

Anyone who knows me knows what a sweet tooth I have.  I’m not fond of cakes or biscuits or even chocolate, except  two sorts of chocolate which  I love  – Fry’s Cream Bar and Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut, but now there’s only one left as whereas Fruit & Nut was a thick chunk with whole hazel nuts, now it is very thin with just small bits of nut.  Why does everything have to change and not for the better?  I’m told it is because it is no longer made at Cadbury’s but in Poland.

We spend lots on bird food and are rewarded with the many types of birds which visit our garden.  However, just lately, there has been a Kestrel and it seems to frighten away the little birds.  It is a lovely bird but we would rather have the Blue Tits, Coal Tits, Goldfinches and Chaffinches.

We associate Easter with eggs, as they signify new life.  I always get Easter Eggs for my children grandchildren and now great grandchildren, but the most famous Easter Eggs were made by Peter Carl Faberge, a French jeweller.  In 1883 he was commissioned by Russian Tsar Alexander to make a special gift for Empress Marie.  He made the first Faberge egg, which had a shell of platinum enamelled white and opened to reveal a small Gold egg; this then opened to display a golden chicken and a jewelled replica of the imperial crown.  57 Faberge eggs were made in total. The ritual has survived as children hunt for coloured and decorated eggs to fill their baskets.

The year begins with ice and cold,
Piercing both young and old. 
But as Snowdrops begin to peep,  
God’s promise of Spring,  He soon will keep.

Marie Cove

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We are now able to announce that the Rev. John Langlands will be joining us on the 3rd June 2018 details of arrangements will follow in due course. John's message is below Rev’d John & Frances Langlands For the past 9 years we...

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Rev. John Langlands

 It is with great pleasure that I would like to welcome you to St Laurence.  Frances, my wife, and I have received a very warm welcome ourselves, so you will not be disappointed when you visit St Laurence.  I am also the vicar of the other churches in Ansley and Arley – St John’s, St Michael’s and St Wilfrid’s.

Being in a rural and farming area in the north part of Coventry Diocese is like coming home for us.  A number of years ago I pastored a church in rural Norfolk which was mainly surrounded by arable farms with some pigs and chickens.  The strong sense of community life was something very special.  This should be particularly valued in these days when many folk live such individual, separate and often lonely lives. 

We have just had hot off the press a visiting card which I hope reflects what our church stands for: ‘You will not walk alone.  Together we are with you on life’s journey’.  Over these next weeks, months and years, I hope we can get to know you better and that you will find Frances and myself not just ‘churchy’ people but friends as well, who enjoy life and plenty of laughter!