Marie's June article

27 May 18

June 2018

When I see the demise of the High Street and also the large department stores, it makes me sad but mostly the outdoor markets. When we were younger we knew all the stallholders in Nuneaton on Saturday market day.  There was also such a variety of shops – hardware, haberdashery, cake shops, batch shop and a little old man who pushed an ice cream barrow. There was also a hotel.  Shopping was a happy experience as people didn’t rush around as they knew exactly what they wanted.  

I chuckled to myself when I watched an advert for a ‘high-end’ car.  It had all the features which make me redundant as a ‘back street driver.’  Now the car itself can be irritating, but there is one difference – the human being can be ignored or quietened but the car will just have to be listened to.

Dave and I got our love of the garden from our parents.  Now our eldest son has two allotments, one of our granddaughters and her fiancé have transformed her mother’s garden and help us and now our 5 year old great grandson is growing tomatoes.  Five generations with a love for the garden and I like to think we set the seeds which can be as small as dry dust but God produces the  miracle of our harvest.

Cartoonist Walter Lantz and his wife Grace rented a log cabin in a Californian forest for their honeymoon.  Their peace was shattered by an incessant tapping on the roof, which they discovered was a woodpecker.  Instead of letting this irritate them they viewed the situation with humour and out of this experience the well loved cartoon character Woody Woodpecker was born.  Walter drew the character and later on Grace provided the distinctive voice.  How different it would have been if they had allowed themselves to be upset by that tapping.

I have seen a Summer’s morning, so I know what beauty is.      
I have seen a sunset, so I know what grandeur is.
I have lived in a happy home, so I know what love is.
And because I have experienced all this, I know what wealth is. Anon

Marie Cove.

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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!