Marie's April Article

01 Apr 19

April is my favourite month as we see Spring coming out but also it is getting so much lighter at night and there is so much for the less fit among us to do – finish clearing pots, set seeds or transplant.  Everyone seems happier when you can stop and chat to neighbours without freezing.

I always wanted a Monkey Puzzle Tree because there was one in a front garden near us.   When we went to or from town on the bus, we would look for it.  It is still there but enormous now but I didn’t know how it got its name.  Apparently it was introduced to the U.K. during the Victorian era and got its name when it was still very rare. The owner of a young specimen at Pencarrow Garden near Bodmin in Cornwall was showing it to a group of friends when one of them said, “It would puzzle a monkey to climb that,” referring to the spiralling branches.  As the species had no existing popular name Monkey Puzzle stuck.

I love plants but had never heard of the Calvary Clover. Traditionally sown on Good Friday it produces a prickly green pod which can have up to 11 seeds representing the 11 faithful Disciples, never 12.  It grows in Mediterranean countries and the south of England.  Each leaf has a blood red mark and legend tells us that it grew at the foot of the cross and the leaves were spotted with the blood of Christ.  I would like to see one of these plants.

Being of the older generation, I am completely flummoxed by the latest technology.  Now at the end of the year we are going to have 5G, whatever that is.  You can download a film in seconds - why?   What I would say to the younger generation is that they should enjoy these years; they shouldn’t want time to flash by because it only comes once. There is also a folding ‘phone which is a tablet which folds up to turn into a ‘phone.  

Fair April, a month to stir the soul.  A month when Spring begins to unfold.                                                                                     Sun and showers and lighter days.  Rainbow shining through watery rays.                                                                                       Flowers appear in wood, field and lane.  Trees show bud and shoots again.                                                                                This is why April is loved by all, as the Cuckoo starts his familiar call.                                                                                                 And now this month gives promise anew.  A herald of summer for me and you.                         
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!