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FROM THE REV’D STEVE PAYNE
‘Lord make our hearts places of peace and our minds harbours of tranquility’
So begins a lovely prayer penned by Sue Morris who died suddenly a couple of
months ago. Sue was a valued colleague as a Reader in this Parish and a
member of the Church of the Good Shepherd. She is much missed by us all.
On the occasion of her Thanksgiving Service last month we were given an insight
into her life and character. Jenny Spear pays a further tribute to her in this
There is an old joke which goes like this:- The driver winds down the car
window to ask a passer-by directions, who replies, “Well if I was you I wouldn’t
start from here!”
In the journey of our lives we of course have to start from somewhere. That
somewhere is usually the family home, the environment in which much of our
behaviour and values begin to take shape, hindering or helping us to navigate
the adventure of our life.
Some may remember the Saturday morning cinema matinees that were part of
my childhood and the Looney Tune cartoon characters, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck,
and Tweety Bird. The cartoons always finished with the signature voice of their
creator Mel Blanc saying, “That’s all folks!” When eventually Mel Blanc died
you can guess what was on his gravestone...
Inevitably when someone dies we are reminded of the finality of our lives and
that life is a journey from the cradle to grave.
We are entering the holiday season when many will embark on journeys hope-
fully to find some sunshine and rest! Today we may need not to ask a passer-by
for directions as we navigate by Sat Nav.
For the Christian life is a journey in which we are never alone, for our times are
in God’s hands and he invites us to trust in him and in his good purposes for our
lives. We can find the direction to travel if not the detail by paying attention to
the scriptures that have been passed on to us. In them we discover God’s love
for us shown in Jesus Christ and his call to love others. But that’s not all folks,
because death is not the end but just the beginning of a whole new adventure.
Sue’s prayer continues:
‘sow in our souls true love for you and one another and root deeply within us
friendship and unity that reaches out to welcome new people to meet you.’
May you have a restful holiday when it comes and wherever you go. Why not
make time to read the bible. It is the place to start both to find faith and find it
To all members of the 8am Eucharist congregations
at St Mary’s & St John’s
8am Services for July & August 2013
July NO Service at St Mary’s Service at St John’s
July Service at St Mary’s NO Service at St John’s
July NO Service at St Mary’s Service at St John’s
July Service at St Mary’s NO Service at St Johns
Aug NO Service at St Mary’s Service at St Johns
Aug Service at St Mary’s NO Service at St Johns
Aug NO Service at St Mary’s Service at St Johns
Aug Service at St Mary’s NO Service at St Johns
‘CROSSING PLACES’ A QUIET DAY IN AUGUST
The Reverend Caroline Eglin is leading a
on WEDNESDAY 14th
AUGUST 2013, 10am – 4pm
at Carolian House, 27 Riverside Walk, Yealmpton PL8 2LU.
Cost £14 including drinks and lunch. Booking essential.
For booking and further details please contact:
Caroline on firstname.lastname@example.org
or 01752 881996 or address above.
THE BIG LUNCH held at St John’s on Sunday 2nd
June was a great
success. 30 people attended for a 2 course lunch and, after expenses,
£100 was donated to the Plymouth Food Bank.
FROM ST JOHN’S PARISH REGISTERS
BAPTISMS: We welcome into God’s family by Baptism:-
HOLLIE LYNNE MOLLY MEDHURST baptized Sunday 2nd
June 2013, daughter of
Adam & Laura Medhurst.
MAX LAYTON PARR PERRY baptized Sunday 9th
June 2013, son of Scott Perry &
FRANCESCA EVIE HIND baptized Sunday 16th
June 2013, daughter of Adam Hind
& Rachel Harris.
‘Fight valiantly as a disciple of Christ … and remain faithful to Him to the end of your life’
HOLY MATRIMONY: We offer our congratulations and pray for God’s blessing upon:-
JOHN ADAMS & SHEENA MCMILLAN married on 25th
IAN BRADBURN & LISA WOOD married on 8th
ST JOHN’S CHURCH
from 11.00am to 1.30pm
Come and join us
Various Stalls ~ Grand Raffle
Lunches & Refreshments
(In Aid of the repaving of the St John‘s Church entrance path)
YOUNG @ HEART
Keith Fordham, June’s speaker, brought alive for us the work of CHICKS. This is a locally based
charity set up by two retired teachers and based at Brentor, which supports disadvantaged children
from all over the UK.
Last year CHICKS celebrated 20 years of making happy memories for these children who through
no fault of their own find themselves in a world of abuse and neglect. Indeed some of these children
are registered carers for members of their families. We actually have 75,000 registered young
carers in the UK, 46,000 at risk of abuse and neglect and 1 in 4 children living in poverty. What a
sad reflection on our country!
CHICKS organises holiday adventure camps for children and these are divided into two age groups
of 8 to 11 and 12 to 15 years of age, and run from Monday to Friday. These camps are supervised
by dedicated and well-vetted volunteers and, from what Keith told us, everyone is very well looked
after and the supervisors enjoy themselves as much as the children.
CHICKS has a ‘hugs’ policy which states that hugs are to be avoided unless a child desperately
needs one – this is usually left to the carer’s discretion, and the policy works well.
There are two types of camp – moorland and coastal. The day starts at 7.30am with showers and
personal hygiene. Breakfast is at 8.00am after which the fun starts with organised activities. Packed
lunches are supplied. The evening meal is always home cooked and nutritious. Fizzy drinks and
junk food are not allowed, neither is TV and mobile phones.
Daytime activities are very varied and numerous, evenings are passed with quizzes and other
competitions, bedtime stories, discussions on the day’s activities, reports of new-made friendships,
etc. The last night is always great fun with a Karaoke and everyone dresses up in funny outfits,
even the supervisors.
A recent trip to Crealy Park was a great success – the children and carers went in fancy dress and
had their faces painted. Great fun!!
Carers always display ID cards. At the end of their stay the children are encouraged to write a
report on their holiday. Personal birthday and Christmas cards are taken home by everyone, also
what is called a finishing ‘bag of memories’. The children are also issued with stamped addressed
envelopes enabling them to keep in touch with CHICKS.
So far 10,000 youngsters have benefited from these wonderful carefree weeks provided by the
Keith showed us a DVD of the children enjoying themselves and making appreciative comments on
their camp holiday. It was obvious from these comments that there is a great need for charities like
A collection was made and together with what we normally pay our speakers and a generous
personal donation we were able to send Keith back to the charity base with £76.20. He was
If you would like to know more about CHICKS contact Nick Ryan on 01822 (Tavistock) 811126.
Next Meeting ~ Tuesday, 2nd July 2013 at 2.00pm in St John’s Hall
Our speaker will be Mrs Rosalind Jones on Humorous Childhood Memories.
Sounds like fun. Do join us if you can.
PENTECOST PRAISE AND PICNIC
On Sunday 19
May an enjoyable afternoon was held at the Church of the Good
Shepherd Hall in Oreston to celebrate the special time of Pentecost.
Everyone enjoyed the handicrafts which consisted of Angels created from
cardboard plates, funny faces made from foam, decorating biscuits and making
kites. Some people tackled the puzzles. We watched a cartoon and sang songs
which conveyed the message of Pentecost.
It was good to get together, to enjoy each other’s company & share the picnic.
We had a cake with candles to celebrate the Church of the Good Shepherd’s
birthday. The children enjoyed the ceremony of blowing out the candles.
Of course we all at Oreston had mixed feelings; should we hold the event or not
due to the loss of one of our main helpers, Sue Morris. We decided she would
have said that ‘the show must go on’.
Thank you to all who came & to all those who helped. We would love to see you
again at the Sea Saturday Service in July.
A very big thank you to everyone who
sponsored me when I recently walked
two stages of the Camino de Santiago
de Compostela, from St Jean Pied de
Port in the French Pyrenees to Logrono
in Spain (about 160km).
£410 has been raised to help Church of
the Good Shepherd Funds.
AT CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD, ORESTON
Once again we will be holding our holiday club for children for a couple of days in
August. There will be activities & crafts. We would like some extra helpers on
either of these days as we will greatly miss the help of Sue Morris this year.
For further details or offers of help please contact Sue & Allan Jones on 480568
or Rev Steve Payne on 213358.
IN MEMORIAM ~ SUSAN ANN OLIVER MORRIS (‘SUE’) – 26.4.38 - 6.5.13.
On Wednesday 29
May at 2pm the Church of the Good
Shepherd & Hall were both packed for the Thanksgiving
Service for Sue Morris. The Service was relayed to the Hall,
where later a delicious home-made tea was laid on by Sue’s
Sue was born in Stoke, Devonport, where her father was a
Doctor and the family was very involved in St Michael’s
Church. Sue moved to Oreston in 1982.
She was a faithful Server at St Mary’s for many years at the
Saturday Morning Eucharist. In 1992 she designed &
organised the making of the splendid banners at St Mary’s
for the Parish Mission. As a Reader, since 1992, Sue’s
sermons were always well prepared, heartfelt & thought-
provoking. She conducted funerals with great sensitivity &
empathy, having really engaged with the relations beforehand.
Sue’s gifts & skills in pastoral care were put to good use at both the old & new
Hospices, where she worked for 20 years, becoming Chaplain’s assistant when
the new hospice opened. Her pastoral care also extended to the Parish, the
Oreston Community & beyond. She always had time for people and put 110% into
all she did.
She wrote & published 2 books of meditations for Lent & Advent. The words were
based on her own drawings of her wood carvings & of the Stations of the Cross,
which can be seen at Plympton St Maurice. She was skilled in her work with both
stone & wood. Other carvings can be seen at St John’s, Hooe, St Michael’s,
Devonport, Good Shepherd, Oreston & the Hospice Chapel, to name but a few
Sue has made a wonderful contribution to the nurture & teaching of children.
Nearly every Sunday at the Good Shepherd for the past 6 years or so Sue has
taught lessons that she has designed, with ingenious craft activities, tailor-made
to suit the age & interests of each child. She has also been one of the prime
movers responsible for the special afternoon Services started in 2009, where her
energy, enthusiasm, creative ideas & artistic gifts have been invaluable.
She was full of enthusiasm to start an adult film afternoon in Oreston & had
already organised 2 films. She was always very keen to promote good working
relationships with Oreston Methodist Church.
In 2002 Sue began studying for a degree in Plant Sciences at Plymouth
University. Having achieved that in 2006 she began her PhD in the Ecology of
Plant Weeds. In recent years she has greatly enjoyed lecturing in Plant
Identification. Whilst at the University Sue befriended a number of foreign
students. Her plant knowledge has also enabled Sue to do invaluable work for the
National Trust. Her faith has been the foundation of all that she has done.
She will be hugely missed & our thoughts are with her brother Roger & other
family members. We are so thankful that Sue was with her good friends Josie &
Susan on the night she became ill & so sadly passed away. R.I.P
-Rev Jenny Spear
A BRIEF LOOK AT SOME OF THE MOTHERS’ UNION
SOCIAL POLICY WORK
Mothers’ Union, as an international Christian charity with over 4 million
members, continues its work of promoting marriage and family life; realising
that the wellbeing of the family cannot be separated from the welfare of the
We continue the ‘Bye Buy Childhood’ campaign, which launched in
September 2010 led by Reg Bailey, our Chief Executive, being invited by the
Government to head up an independent inquiry into the commercialisation of
childhood. Recently we have produced a useful booklet for families called
LABELLED FOR LIFE Managing the Commercial World as a Family.
Mothers’ Union has submitted a response to the Public Bill Committee,
(following an extensive consultation with members), on the MARRIAGE
(Same Sex Couples) BILL, currently much in the news. A couple of
interesting points from our Submission regarding equality:-
Whilst the discourse framing this Bill furthers equality by extending
the rite to marry to same sex couples, the proposals do not confer the
same marriage and divorce rites. It is inconsistent that the
Government wishes to redefine the meaning of marriage, yet is not
proposing to redefine the meaning of adultery, in order to permit
divorce of same sex couples on grounds of adultery.
Civil partnerships remain open only to same sex couples, therefore
excluding heterosexual couples from a civil partnership (should this
be their wish). Although there is provision in the Bill for consultation
on the future of civil partnerships.
Because of our special consultative status with the Economic and Social
Council of the United Nations, Mothers’ Union has submitted a written
response to a Commission set up by the Fawcett Society on ‘ Women and the
Criminal Justice System’. Through our policy work and projects with women,
men and families we are able to submit points and recommendations with
regard to domestic violence, trafficking and prostitution.
This is only a very brief outline of only some of the work which Mothers’ Union
Faith & Policy Unit undertakes, in this country. And I would ask for people’s
prayers so that we may, by the Grace of God, continue to work for families
here and around the world.
-Janet Miller, Social Policy Rep,
Mothers’ Union Exeter Diocese
HOW IT WAS . . !
While Barrett Homes use all the latest equipment for digging out limestone
whilst levelling their new Hooe Quarry housing estate, give a thought for the
guys who originally dug out the majority of the quarry during the 19th
century using horses, carts, wheelbarrows, gunpowder and eventually
Our picture, submitted by Turnchapel resident Pauline Breeze, shows the
workers of quarry firm F.J. Moore (formerly Sparrows) with local celebrities in
the picture, including Sammy Philips and George Dungey.
The quarry firm of Sparrows was used to supply the limestone for the building
of St. John’s church. They also dug out the railway cutting through Oreston.
And Hooe Lake Quarry today all levelled out ready to build more homes.
Whilst across the water at Oreston, another quarry has been levelled to provide
more housing. (see below)
A little more tired at the close of the day,
A little less anxious to have our own way,
A little less anxious to scold, to blame,
A little more care for a brother’s name;
And so we are nearing the journey’s end
Where time and eternity meet and blend.
A little less care for gain or gold,
A little more zest for the days of old,
A broader view and a saner mind,
A little more love for all mankind;
And so we are faring down the way
That leads to the gates of a better day.
A little more love for the friends of youth,
A little more zeal for established truth,
A little more charity in our views,
A little less thirst for the latest news;
And so we are folding our tents away
And passing in silence at close of day.
A little more leisure to sit and dream,
A little more real to the things unseen,
A little nearer to those ahead
With visions of those long loved and dead;
And so we are going where all must go,
To the place the living must never know.
A little more laughter, a few more tears
And we shall have told our increasing years,
The book is closed and the prayers are said,
And we are part of the countless dead.
Thrice happy then if some soul can say,
“I live because she passed my way”.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~
STOP PRESS – New Service At St Mary’s
“Worship @ Ten” What’s that?
We’ve started a new monthly Service in St Mary’s Church Hall on the 2nd
Sunday of each month. Have you tried it yet?
It lasts about 35 minutes. It’s designed for young people to join in but
without losing relevance for adults as well. Prayers, songs, doing and
teaching are at the heart of the Service. So far we have got off to a good
start – we’ve welcomed one or two young families, some Brownies,
Guides and Cubs with their leaders – the atmosphere is informal and
there’s always an activity for you to do. Last week we made sheep.
Before the Service we offer doughnuts and a drink. We finish in time for
you to attend the 10.45am Communion Service in church should you so
wish. See you there - 10am on the second Sunday of each month?
Next time ~ July 14th
PLYMOUTH FOOD BANK - HELP NEEDED
a) Are you free to help for an hour at a Supermarket collection point for
the Plymouth Food Bank? The next dates are:-
a) Friday 5th
July at Tesco Lee Mill and Tesco, Roborough
b) Saturday 6th
July and Thursday 1st
August at Morrisons,
Plymstock c) Saturday 7th
September at Tesco, Roborough
d) Saturday 28th
September at Tesco, Lee Mill.
If you are able to help please ring 254981 or e-mail the Food Bank at
b) Do you have any computers that are passed their sell-by date so far
as you are concerned?
The Crown Centre is also involved in a project with obsolete computers. At a
nearby centre in Rendle Street they are rebuilt, updated and re-cycled. The
project offers skills training and jobs for its employees and opportunities for
members of the community to become computer-literate.
If you have any suitable old computers then let me know and I’ll arrange their
-Richard Harvey, Plymstock St Mary’s,
FROM ST MARY & ALL SAINTS PARISH REGISTER
BAPTISMS: We welcomed into God’s family through Baptism:-
May AALIYAH KAREN
May BONNIE AVA KNOWLES-
ON HENRY AND SUE ‘GOING UP THE LINE’
We knew they’d sold their house. It had to happen. Finally the time had come
to say farewell to Henry & Sue Blackmore. They were moving to be closer to
their children who lived in London. Yes indeed, we gave them a good send
A poem was written – its title is the heading for this article – recollections were
fondly recalled, a special cake with a church on top was consumed and
glasses were raised to wish them every good fortune for the future. They were
presented with Royal Dolton Wine Carafe + Glasses, a bottle of up-market
Bordeaux – Sue’s favourite by all accounts – and a cheque. In addition a
scrapbook of memories had been constructed in which church members had
recalled some of the many occasions on which the Blackmores had been
involved in the life of St Mary’s – it was full of photos, recollections and
messages. We sang a song entitled
Bye Bye Blackmores, loosely based on
another well-known traditional song and
rendered with tremendous enthusiasm
by a large part of the congregation
who’d had a secret rehearsal the week
before. What a send off!
We wish Sue and Henry all the very
best for the future – and of course
they’ll be greatly missed.
MESSY CHURCH AT HOLY FAMILY, STADDISCOMBE
Our picture above shows some of the children and helpers during a recent
Messy Church at the Holy Family, Staddiscome, and the bottom picture, one
of the stones hand painted.
(Photo submitted by Robert Davidson)
CHRISTENING AT HOLY FAMILY, STADDISCOME
The Revd Jenny Spear conducts the christening of Elizabeth Joyce Pettinger
Brown at the Holy Family. The parents, godparents and some of the guests came
from as far away as Copenhagen.
(Photo submitted by Robert Davidson)
At our June meeting we welcomed speaker Su Clark, a volunteer Art teacher at
Ocean Quay Project for drug/alcohol rehabilitation in Stonehouse. This project
offers on-going support after addicts have had treatment at Broadreach House.
Ocean Quay has paid staff and volunteers but they do not receive government
funding. They also work with other clients who have been referred to them from
We were captivated by Su’s lively and moving talk describing her work with the
clients, and her own life story. She is someone with great empathy for people who
have gone through abuse, neglect, domestic violence and other issues, and find it
very hard to cope with life. Su told us two or three stories about different clients.
Some are unable to read and write. The project helps them greatly with verbal
communication, self-esteem and confidence. Counselling offers a starting point
for them to deal with their past and see that the future can be better.
Su has been running Art therapy at Ocean Quay for about 18 months and has a
teaching qualification. Ocean Quay offers a broad range of support for recovering
addicts. This includes a gym, advice and help with CV’s, job interviews or benefits
claims, teaching IT skills, group therapy sessions etc. Ocean Quay is open for
clients to use the facilities from 9 to 5, 5 days a week. Su runs the Art ‘class’ two
days a week. It is not formal Art teaching but an unstructured ‘drop-in’ session
giving a therapeutic opportunity for clients to express themselves through
creativity, using the great variety of materials that Su has gathered together.
(Even organising the storage shelves was a big project which benefitted from a
handsome donation from Rotary.) Su very often finds herself putting on her
Counsellor’s hat when someone needs to talk about their problems. Sometimes
she has heard such harrowing stories that she has needed counselling herself to
cope with hearing them.
Su brought with her a box of craft items which the clients have made to sell, to
help the project to continue running. These included pretty cushions, painted
glass vases, shell candle holders and many lovely cards for different occasions.
All who came to our meeting were pleased to contribute by buying some of these.
Jean Roberts then thanked Su for her very interesting talk.
The next ‘fellowship morning’ will be at The Bridge on Monday 24 June at
THE MOTHERS’ UNION BRANCH IN PLYMSTOCK & HOOE
After much discussion and prayer it has been decided that the Mothers’ Union
Branch in Plymstock and Hooe is to close. We have had a dwindling membership
and we now have no-one able and willing to take over running the branch after
Sheila Eccleston (Leader) and Betty Knight (Treasurer) are stopping this summer.
This branch has been running for 10 years, and until the 1990’s there was an
earlier Mothers’ Union branch in the parish.
We have set out three priorities which we still feel are very important:-
Prayer – which underpins the work of the Mothers’ Union everywhere.
The Mothers’ Union itself – that wonderful organisation of 4 million members in
70 countries, which does so much to help and support women, marriage and
family life by many varied projects, meeting needs in different places.
Our own fellowship which we have built up over the 10 years of this branch.
We will still belong to the Mothers’ Union by becoming ‘Diocesan members’, this
will keep us in touch with what the MU is doing nationally and internationally. And
we are still going to keep our fellowship by meeting locally on an informal basis
twice per month:
1. On the second Monday of each month at 2:30pm at St John’s Church Hall for
“TAPS” – Tea and Prayers.
2. On the last Monday of each month from 10:30am for coffee at The Bridge at
The committee approached this decision prayerfully and we know that there is
some disappointment and sadness involved. We are not the only branch facing
similar issues – that is why it is good that we can still continue as diocesan
members, so it is not an end for us but just a different way of belonging.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our meetings in various ways – our
speakers, the clergy for their support, and the Church of the Good Shepherd for
letting us use their hall.
July 2013, Good Shepherd Church Hall, 7:30pm.
This will be a short Service to mark the closing of the Mothers’ Union branch
in Plymstock & Hooe, followed by a party.
Past and present members are invited.
OUT & ABOUT
Good Food Market, Royal William Yard.
Plenty of boating:-
Plymouth Race Week, The Sound.
Eddystone Charity Sailing Pursuit
Port of Plymouth Regatta, The Sound
Classic Boat Rally, Sutton Harbour
HOOE BAPTIST GIRLS’ BRIGADE
CONGRATULATIONS on celebrating 60 years.
Members past and present were being invited to Hooe Primary School on
June, for a Service followed by a BBQ and refreshments.
Started in 1953, the Group was led by Pam Miller for many years and still
flourishes under the leadership of her niece, Jean Osmond.
HOOE & TURNCHAPEL LADIES GROUP
We meet at the Hooe & Turnchapel Community Centre on the 1st
Tuesday of each month at 8.00pm. ALL ladies welcome.
Our programme for JULY 2013 is:-
LANDS END TO JOHN O’GROATS ~ John
BARBICAN TREASURE HUNT
For further information please contact: -Diane McCarthy (Sec) Tel: 311931
PLYMSTOCK GARDEN SOCIETY
The next meeting on Monday 29th
July, 2013, 7.30pm, at the Plymstock
United church Hall, Plymstock Road, Oreston will be ~
‘Preparation for the Show’ with Phillip Gilbury
Non-members welcome £1. Contact No. Tel: 403652.
PLYM VALLEY HERITAGE
At our next meeting on Thursday, 18th
July at 7.30pm in St John’s Church
Hall, our speaker is Graham Naylor, Senior Librarian – History & Information,
Plymouth City Library, who will talk on ‘Crime and Punishment in 19C
PVH members free and £3 for visitors. Refreshments provided.
On Saturday, 10th
August, local Oreston historian, Kevin Warley, will be
giving PVH members an historic walk around Oreston. Those interested
please meet at the Oreston slipway car park at 11.00am.