Marie's August article

27 Jul 18

August,  2018 

There was an article in a national newspaper advising that parents with babies only get on the average 4 hours, 44 minutes sleep a night – I should have been so lucky with my first child.  Dave was alright a he worked nights so he was at work all night and he slept all day. However, this can’t be the norm with most parents as my second child from day one slept all through the night – sometime 12/14 hours and the third was almost as good.  Perhaps it was because I was a novice and my child sensed this –who knows?

As we  celebrate 70 years of the National Health Service most people  will not remember that momentus occasion, and how everyone celebrated free health care.  My mother had aweful teeth., uneven and some missing, but she couldn’t afford to see a Dentist.  Then, very soon after the N.H.S. arrived with free treatment, we all had a surprise when we arrived home from school one day.  Everything seemed normal and our Mam wasn’t a noisy person but that day she seemed strangely quiet.  Then our Dad asked her what was the matter.   She had been to the Dentist and had all her teeth removed, and she had carried on as if nothing had happened.  Thanks to the N.H.S. our Mam had got rid of her horrid teeth and eventually had free dentures.

When I was dead heading and weeding I missed one weed at the far side of the garden. It was about 3 feet tall with pretty pink flowers and I think it is called Soapwort.  When I saw how lovely it was, I decided it was as pretty as any other flowers in the garden, so I left it alone.

Some people disrespectfully speak about older folk as ‘wrinklies’, but there’s nothing wrong with a few wrinkles.  I have heard them described as “Nature’s tracery” while Charles Dickens, who had a few in later years, said that every wrinkle is “but a notch in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life”.

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!