Marie's November Article

29 Oct 18

I found a programme called “Moving Pictures” and it shows films from the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s, and for people of my age it brings back some lovely memories.  It hardly seems possible how these film are so dated – the clothes, the hair styles, but also they are all black and white.   What a different world we lived in – even at the seaside men wore suits and tie, plus a cap or trilby.  There were no casual clothes and all the men and many women smoked.  It certainly is great to watch these films which portray life before technology took over our lives.
When I see all the adverts for insurance and funerals, I remember my Dad told us when we were getting married, that even if we can’t save, we should get an insurance policy in case the worse happens, and he was so right.  However, I wish we could have more cheerful adverts.
We can still see the rewards of the hot summer in our garden towards the end of October.  We are still picking tomatoes and runner beans and cutting Dahlias with Chrysanthemums waiting in the wings.  The rain came just in time and we also have ten heads of sunflowers to feed the birds in the winter.  What always puzzles me is the Michaelmas Daisy.  They lie dormant as other flowers grow beside them and then in October we have two large patches of them in full flower, but come the winter they will disappear again.
I have been to weddings when you are given sugared almonds wrapped in little packages with lace and ribbon but didn’t attach any significance to them.  I now learn that they started off as an Italian tradition and it seems the Almonds are bitter and the candied shells are sweet and they represent the good and the not-so- good times the couple might come across during their married life. The ribbons tied round them represent the devotion that holds everything in place. I will look at these little packages differently from now on.
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!