Marie's March Article

28 Feb 19

March, 2019

When I was updating my Christmas card list, as so many people have moved house etc., I asked my son if he had our grandson’s address.  He said he didn’t but he could give me his E-Mail  address.   Looks as if posting letters and sending cards is becoming extinct like the dinosaurs.

I often wonder why I hate being untidy in my dress  and then  I was watching films from the 40’s and 50’s and realised when we were young we had very few clothes  but dressed very neat and tidy and this has rubbed off on me.  On Sundays we wore our best clothes all day, we went to church in them and then to Sunday School and then put a pinafore over them when we returned home.  We were not allowed to knit or sew on Sundays, but we could read.  Sunday was a very quiet day but in the summer we went for a walk with our Mam and Dad.

Every now and then I have a blitz on things like clothes, magazines etc, which I throw out. My quest is never very successful, though, as everything seems so precious.  A lady on the T.V. said nobody should keep more than 20 books.  This horrified me as a book lover. When I started a part time job after being a full time housewife and mother for twenty years, I bought a set of Charles Dickens books (32), which I bought by monthly payment.  I have already passed the 20 mark without my Jane Austen, George Eliot, Bronte titles and books I have received as presents.  So, no way could I ever get down to 20 books and I don’t want to as I still regularly go back to my old favourites and read them again.

Walt Disney was sacked by his employers at the newspaper where he worked because they said he had no imagination.  Can you believe this of a man who has delighted children for over 60 years with his wonderful characters?


  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!