Marie's December Article

28 Nov 18

December, 2018

Well, here we are on the countdown to Christmas and I must say  this year it has taken me completely by surprise.  For many years I have started preparing for Christmas early but this year I blame the lovely mild weather, as it hasn’t seemed like winter but the weather has been absolutely great.

I have been watching a programme called ‘Britain’ over 2000 years.  When the Industrial Revolution arrived, it was amazing how such a small island nation could achieve so much in such a short time.  This meant that people were flocking to work in large towns, especially London and many in the late 1700’s were starving.  Especially fresh meat was needed.   A sea captain heard how New Zealand had thousands of sheep, so he fetched carcases to take to Britain.  After one or two disasters with the freezing compartment, he eventually got the meat to Billingsgate Market.  From then on people got healthier and taller.

When I was young our house was freezing in the winter, as we only had a coal fire with the oven at the side.  It got so cold in our bedroom the window panes were white over with frost.   On these really bitter cold nights we had two earthenware jugs, which had originally contained Jones’ Ginger Beer, for hot water bottles.   Sometimes also our mam would take a shelf out of the oven (which was always hot).  She would wrap it in cloth.  I couldn’t have a hot water bottle or warm my frozen feet by the fire as I suffered from Chilblains and going from cold to hot aggravates them.  Latterly, when I was in Dorothy Perkins in Atherstone Co-op, I saw these gorgeous cuddly toys called ‘Hotties’, which were equivalent to hot water bottles.  They had to be put in the microwave.  It seems that technology has caught up with the humble hot water bottle. 

Christmas again so let us recall amid the rush and joy,

This is the birthday of a very special baby boy.                                                                           The day when our Saviour came to earth,                                                                                       To save us all by his miraculous birth.                                                            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!