Marie's May Article

29 Apr 19

May, 2019

We enjoyed a lovely Easter as the sun  shone and families could enjoy outings and we oldies could sit out in the garden, setting the Tomato seeds and Sunflowers , which we now grow on  inside.  

It never ceases to amaze  me what we can learn every day.  I read in a newspaper that if you drink coffee from a pink mug it tastes sweeter.  If you have a green mug, it tastes more acidic.   A survey has been carried out with volunteers and then they are asked the difference in the taste.  I can hardly believe this but personally I don’t care what the  colour of the mug or cup is as long as it is China.

The English are renowned for drinking tea and it seems that a cup of tea is the remedy for all occasions.  I was watching “Waterloo” and thousands of English soldiers were offered a cup of tea before the battle began.  

When we were children there was no internet , no T.V. advertising , only newspapers and bill boards but mostly people stuck to the suppliers they knew – the local shops, the local market and of course the Betterware man.  There were gypsies who sold clothes pegs and occasionally a  coloured man who wore a turban with his case full of all sorts.  However, by far our favourite shop was at the top of Bucks Hill, Chapel End – Arnolds.  They sold everything from groceries, a huge selection of sweets, toys and hardware.  In fact everything you could ever want.  They had a Christmas Club.  We would have a card and pay a couple of pennies a week to buy our Mother a Christmas present.  It made me sad when the shop was demolished and built on.

What a wonderful sight when the Bluebells are here,
Bank after bank, so unique and fair.  
People stand in  wonder and awe, 
At the most beautiful sight they ever saw.

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!