Marie's April Article

29 Mar 21

April, 2021

As a sports fan I have been amazed during football games during the winter months to see the players in short sleeved shirts.  It makes me feel cold for them, but worse still is seeing managers and staff drinking cold water.  I suppose it is my age but I would rather have a flask of tea or hot chocolate.

When I was working (I’ve been retired 18 years) the theme that went through our office was that we must work towards a paper free office.  This was the aim but it never happened and now when I watch T.V. just as much paper is used, even though they have laptops, mobile phones etc.

I have been reading about Franklin Delano Roosevelt, president of the U.S.A. during World War 2.  During the Great Depression unemployment hit 25% of the American population, savings accounts were wiped out as banks failed, farmers lost their land in repossessions, and people were having trouble just feeding their families.  During this dark time Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressed the nation in these words – “Let me assert my belief that the only  thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyses needed effort to convert retreat into advance.”  I suppose the people thought he didn’t know what fear was but he did as he had polio when he was 13 years old.  He was severely disabled but in time he regained the use of his hands and even learned to walk with the aid of braces.  He became one of America’s greatest presidents.

This story reminded me of how vaccines have wiped out many terrible illnesses such as Smallpox, Measles and Polio, so let us pray that the Corona virus vaccine will be just as successful.

As the April showers come swiftly through followed by sunshine we see hope in the lighter nights, the Spring flowers.  This is a month to enjoy and look forward to sitting in the garden – take care and enjoy the fresh air.

Marie Cove 

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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.

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