Marie's November Article

29 Oct 19

November, 2019
It’s strange when the clothes I wore during my teens are now fashionable and called                                                                                                                                        “retro,” one meaning of which is going backward.  Well sometimes I wish I could get back to those times of bright dresses with swingy skirts when jeans and T-shirts had never been heard of, not for me, but to show my children.  On TV, they were telling you about a certain make of dress which cost between £4 and £7, which in today’s prices would be a week’s wages.  We girls couldn’t have afforded them but we still had some lovely dresses.

As I see two of my grandchildren swotting for today’s equivalent of ‘A’ and ‘O’ levels, it brought back memories for me, but these exams were so different in my day.  There were no grades; you had to reach a certain mark to pass.  It wasn’t, however, any easier and on leaving school only the very cream of the crop went to College or University.  In fact, when we had a boy who got into Oxford, we were all given a half day holiday to celebrate his achievement.

When we were at school we were sometimes asked to sell these little books which contained photos of orphans.  People would pick a photo and pay a very small amount for this, the proceeds of which went to a children’s charity.  A few years ago I read a library book called ‘Nobody in particular’ – one of the funniest books I have ever read.  The heroine as a young girl at one point was asked by her church to buy one of these photos.  She chose a cute black baby, and then she waited patiently and finally asked the Priest what had happened to her baby.  The Priest explained that you didn’t actually receive the baby, just the photo.  She was disgusted and vowed never to put money in the poor box again.

The musical ‘Flower Drum Song’  contains a song called “A hundred million miracles” where the cast recount just a few of the amazing things that happen every day – the changing of the weather, the hatching of an egg and the fact that after all these years, the sun still rises in the morning.  It would be practically impossible to think of millions, but if you could think of 4 or 5, I’m sure each one you spot will make your load lighter and your heart brighter.

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 Curate 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!