FROM THE REV’D JOHN ALDOUS
Preparation is Everything
Lord Baden Powell certainly knew the truth of this statement when he instituted the famous motto for the
Boy Scouts – ‘Be Prepared’. Last month Terry picked up on this same theme when he spoke about preparing
the ground for growing crops and preparing oneself in prayer. In a way these exhortations are to do with
something that is unknown and possibly difficult to focus on, far better to be able to concentrate on
something that IS known, something tangible, something of importance to our Christian way of life - Easter.
Too soon you may cry, we are only just getting over Christmas and yes, Easter Sunday may well be over our
‘Spiritual Horizon’. However, the church recognises the importance of preparation and established the
period that we now call Lent as a way of organising our thoughts and prayers, building and harnessing our
spiritual strength towards Our Lord’s Passion and Resurrection. We walk with Jesus every step of the way
throughout Holy Week, suffering with Him the trials and tribulations that He endured during that time. A
spiritual roller coaster that certainly needs sincere and devout preparation if we are to be truly with Him.
We also know when that period of preparation is due to start, March 5th, Ash Wednesday.
The start of Lent, the period of preparation, and as always it will be marked by Services within the parish.
We are all, therefore, invited to attend one of these Services to mark the start of our own determination to
prepare ourselves through humility and prayer. If we are to fully enjoy the triumph of Easter we must also
experience the despair of betrayal and the disgrace of crucifixion before the victory of the Resurrection.
Be prepared, be prayerful, be willing to enter into the ethos and discipline of Lent in order to reap the
reward that is promised to all who follow the way of Jesus.
Please put March 5th in your diary and I will see you then.
To all members of the 8am Eucharist congregations
at St Mary’s & St John’s
8am Services for March & April
Sun 2nd March
NO Service at St Mary’s Service at St John’s
Sun 9th March
Service at St Mary’s
Sun 16th March
NO Service at St Mary’s Service at St John’s
Sun 23rd March
Service at St Mary’s
Sun 30th March
NO Service at St Mary’s Service at St John’s
Sun 6th April
Service at St Mary’s
Sun 13th April
NO Service at St Mary’s Service at St John’s
Sun 20th April
Service at St Mary’s
Sun 27th April
NO Service at St Mary’s Service at St John’s
NO Service at St John’s
NO Service at St John’s
NO Service at St John’s
NO Service at St John’s
THE WOMEN'S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER is an international, inter-church organisation which produces a Service
every year that is always held on the first Friday in March and is celebrated in 170 countries.
The Service this year, prepared by the Egyptian committee, is entitled ‘Streams in the Desert’.
Our local Service is at St Margaret Mary Church, Plymstock,
on 7th March 2014 at 2pm.
All are welcome to attend, both men and women.
Note: Further to our last month’s cover picture, the web site is now open and Jackie Littlejohn’s paintings can be seen on
THE REV’D DAVE APPLEBY & REV’D JENNIE APPLEBY
I was delighted to be able to announce on Sunday 2 nd February 2014 the appointments of Dave as Team Vicar and
Jennie as a self-supporting Minister to our parish. Dave and Jennie will in practice share the role of Team Vicar.
At present they both are incumbents in Leicester. They will bring to the parish a wide experience of ministry and I am
very much looking forward to working with them. (Find below a brief introduction they have written about
Their Service of welcome and licensing, conducted by Bishop Nick, will be on Thursday, 15th May 7.30pm at St Mary’s.
Please remember them in your prayers as they take their leave of their present ministry and make the move south to
join us. They will live in the Rectory in Cobb Lane.
Hi, I’m Dave, and I’m really looking forward to the adventure of moving to Plymstock. I’m from the north east, and
enjoy Newcastle Brown Ale, but love the south coast. Before getting ordained ten years ago, I was a steelworker, then
a Community Development worker, so I’ve a wide
experience of life. I’ve also been a drummer, worked in a
café, and spent my fair share of time out of work.
Hello, I’m Jennie. Born in Colchester, Essex, I’ve also
lived in London, Consett (where I met Dave),
Middlesbrough and Leicester. Before ordination 11 years
ago, I worked with young people as a youth worker and
then as a training consultant with Christian youth
workers. In my present parish I’ve worked alongside
families with young children and also been involved in a
Youth Project. I like to see myself as a people person and
love meeting new folk so I’m looking forward to getting
to know you all.
Oh, and we have a daughter, Helen, who is a teacher and has been living in Italy for two years.
R E M E M B E R:
BRITISH SUMMER TIME COMMENCES ON MARCH 30th 2014
CLOCKS GO FORWARD 1 HOUR.
MOTHERING SUNDAY is on MARCH 30th 2014
The season of lent begins on Ash Wednesday (March 5th). There will be Services at both St Mary’s & St John’s at
7.30pm and Church of Good Shepherd at 10.30am.
Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent,
Christians remember Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days.
How will you observe Lent? What might you give up to devote more time to an activity that you can take up which
will help your faith to grow?
Some suggestions to think about:Why not make time ………..
to attend one of the regular mid-week Services in our Team Churches;
decide to attend the weekly Ecumenical Lent lunches;
consider reading a Christian devotional book one, which I would recommend is ‘Sacred Space for Lent 2014’. It provides a short reflection and pattern of prayer
for each day of Lent.
Copies (£3) can be ordered from Steve.
LENT LUNCHES will fill you SPIRITUALLY
Sometimes the reasons behind our Christian traditions get lost in the mists of time. It is, therefore, good to remind
ourselves of the purpose of Lent Lunches, and to celebrate with all the Plymstock churches.
Lent is the time when we remember our Lord’s time of fasting in the desert before the start of His earthly ministry
and the temptations He faced and overcame.
The Lent lunches are ‘frugal’ as we remember not only His fasting and privations but the millions throughout the
world who suffer from poverty, and the resulting malnutrition and diseases.
At the Lent lunches we can unite as Christians Together, enjoying each other’s company as we eat together, so it is
good if we can support the lunches not only when our own fellowships host them but also by visiting other hosting
churches each Saturday and on Good Friday.
There is no specific charge but we are asked to consider the amount we would spend on our lunch at home and to
give generously. All monies raised will go to a charity that can respond immediately in the event of a disaster. Last
year the lunches raised £897 for Christian Aid.
The first Lent Lunch will be held at The Good Shepherd, Oreston,
on Saturday 8th March, 12 noon until 1pm. See you there!
CHRISTIANS TOGETHER IN GREATER PLYMSTOCK
(commence at 12 noon)
Church of the Good Shepherd
St Margaret Mary
Plymstock United Church
St Mary & All Saints
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. But why ‘Ash’ Wednesday? The reason has to do with getting things right between you
and God, and the tradition goes right back to the Old Testament.
In the Old Testament, the Israelites often sinned. When they finally came to their senses, and saw their evil ways as God
saw them, they could do nothing but repent in sorrow. They mourned for the damage and evil they had done. As part of this
repentance, they covered their heads with ashes. For the Israelites, putting ashes on your head, and even rending your
clothes, was an outward sign of their heart-felt repentance and acknowledgement of sin.
In the very early Christian Church, the yearly ‘class’ of penitents had ashes sprinkled over them at the beginning of Lent.
They were turning to God for the first time and mourning their sins. But soon many other Christians wanted to take part in
the custom and to do so at the very start of Lent. They heeded Joel’s call to ‘rend your hearts and not your garments’. Ash
Wednesday became known as either the ‘beginning of the fast’ or ‘the day of the ashes’.
The collect for the day goes back to the Prayer Book and stresses the penitential character of the day. It encourages us
with the reminder of the readiness of God to forgive us and to renew us.
The actual custom of ‘ashing’ was abolished at the Reformation, though the old name for the day remained. Today,
throughout the Church of England, receiving the mark of ashes on one’s forehead is optional. Certainly the mark of ashes
on the forehead reminds people of their mortality: ‘Remember that you are dust and you will return …’ (Genesis 3:19)
The late medieval custom was to burn the branches used on Palm Sunday in the previous year in order to create ashes for
The Collect for Ash Wednesday is:Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing that you have made and forgive the sins of all those who are penitent:
Create and make in us new and contrite hearts that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness,
may receive from you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
(from the Parish Pump)
EASTER LILIES AT ST JOHN’S
St John’s flower arrangers will be decorating the Church for Easter and would like to have white lilies in the Church on
this special day. If you would like to buy a lily in memory of a loved one, please contact:Lis Pemberton (Tel: 407057)
or a Church Warden.
The suggested cost is £2 a flower.
Please let us know the person’s name, if you wish it to be included in a list of name’s that will be put on the altar at
FROM ST JOHN’S PARISH REGISTERS
We remember those who have lost loved ones and commend to God the soul of:-
DOROTHY MAY (DOT) GAULT who died on 13th January 2014 aged 83 years. The wife of James (dec’d) and mother to Sue,
Jim, Jacky and Mike.
Dot was born in the village in 1930, one of seven of her generation of Williams. After leaving school she worked as a Wages
Clerk for the Co-op and, like most young women at the time, was fanatical about dancing. With RAF Mount Batten just over
the hill it seemed inevitable that one day she would meet an airman and marry. This she did at age 28 to NCO James Gault.
Within months she found herself making her own way to North Africa, duly pregnant with Susan at the time. Three more
children quickly followed and over 20 years the family found themselves in a strange home, often in a different country,
every 2 or 3 years.
In 1975 James was posted to RAF Mount Batten and in 1981 the family finally moved into their first own home in Barton
Road where they remained following his retirement from the RAF. Dot was reunited with her own kin and nothing would
persuade her to leave Hooe ever again even the fact that James was distant from his own roots in Northern Ireland. Dot and
James spent over two decades together in relatively peaceful retirement until his death in 2011.
Dot was a loyal, devoted wife and caring Mum, always putting the needs and wishes of her family first, combined with
patience and determination she was undoubtedly the foundation that the family was built upon.
She loved bathing in the sun and the family’s fondest memories are of times spent swimming and playing in the sun in Malta
in the early 70’s.
She enjoyed gardening and watching sport on television particularly football and snooker and her love of dancing was
plainly evident as wild horses could not drag her away from ‘Strictly’. But most of all she adored just looking out across the
village green from the lounge window of her bungalow.
She will be greatly missed by her children.
The Funeral Service was held at St John’s Church on 31st January 2014, the Revd Steve Payne officiated. Donations were for
St John’s Church.
‘YOUNG @ HEART’
At our February meeting we were pleased to listen to another talk about the charity C.H.I.C.K.S (Country Holidays for
Inner City Kids). Keith Fordham and Sarah Roberts, who work in a Fundraising Team, told us that the CHICKS holidays
take place between March and November with special breaks at Christmas time.
Sixteen youngsters recently stayed at a coastal retreat in S. Devon and another ten stayed at the Moorland Retreat
near Brentor. Especially for 8 – 11 year olds, it was named ‘Christmas Snowball’. Ten young people went to Brentor
Church on Christmas Day. There was also a visit to a Pantomime, when ‘Cinderella’ came and spoke to the children – a
real treat for them.
There were ten volunteers at the Christmas camp. The children made their own stockings to be filled by Santa. Carol
singers came on Christmas Eve, complete with a donkey and some refreshments. They also went horse riding, played
football and board games and had fun on a trampoline. They enjoyed creative activities including clay sculpture. A
lovely Christmas dinner lasted three hours! A local chef had volunteered to cook the meal which was very welcome.
On Boxing Day, a Steam Engine Club took them for a ride, then they went climbing. The children had a wonderful time
and made lots of friends.
At the end of the talk Ruth Earl thanked them and presented CHICKS with a donation of £75 from Young @ Heart plus
£23 collected on the day.
(Photo: David Demellweek)
A very attractive tea and a Raffle brought the meeting to a close.
TEDDY BEARS PRAISE & PICNIC
On the afternoon of Sunday 16th February the Church of the Good Shepherd held its Teddy Bears Praise & Picnic in the
hall. 30 adults & children had a fun afternoon & all the teddies & friends behaved themselves sitting on the table.
The children made animal masks & cup-cake mobiles, whilst the adults made decoupage teddy models, teddy cards & did
some crosswords & wordsearch.
Steve found out the names of our cuddly friends of which the oldest was 69. We then sang songs including Teddy Bears
Picnic, Me & My Teddy Bear & the Bare Necessities. There was also a short film & other puzzles using our new projector.
At the end of the afternoon we all enjoyed our picnic. There was lots for all to eat!!
Thank you to everyone who helped with the crafts & provided the tea.
LADIES’ FELLOWSHIP ORESTON
We had a very happy gathering at Josie’s home on 4th February. The meeting was prepared & led by Janet.
We discussed the Treasurer’s report and feel that Lin has it all in good order. We decided to consider Fund Raising ideas
when we meet in March but we are mulling over a couple of ideas.
It was lovely to have Cynthia with us after her awful experience on 3 rd January when she was blown over whilst in town
and fractured her wrist needing a night in hospital.
We finished with tea, biscuits & lemon drizzle cake, which was delicious!! Thank you Josie.
SUNDAY 30th MARCH ~ 9.15am
‘Mum’s the Word’
Join us on Mothering Sunday for Family Communion
PLYMSTOCK GARDENING SOCIETY
The next meeting is on Monday, 31st March 2014, 7.30pm, at Plymstock United Reform Church Hall, Plymstock Road,
Oreston, the topic will be:‘Beautiful Begonias’ – Mr Harry Colclough
(Annual Membership £4.50 ~ Senior Citizens £3.
Non members welcome ~ £1 per meeting)
Enquiries: 01752 403652.
PLYM VALLEY HERITAGE
The next meeting will be held on Thursday 20th March at 7.30pm in St John’s Hall.
Our guest speaker will be Anida Rayfield, National Trust Researcher and Tour Guide. Anida’s talk is entitled ‘Parkers at
Members free – Non-members £3. All are welcome and refreshments provided.
DID YOU KNOW ?
It was ruled ‘Gentlemen Only …. Ladies Forbidden ….
and thus the word GOLF entered the English language!
AS IT WAS……
(Photo: R.C. Sambourne. Bus crossing the narrow Laira Bridge in the 1950’s.)
‘Vicar of Plymstock reports on overcrowded Plymstock buses……’
So featured a report in The Plympton & South Devon Times for January 23 rd 1930 when the Vicar of Plymstock, the Revd
C.H. Wreford, a member of the Plymstock Ratepayers Association, informed the members that he had interviewed at his
Vicarage an Inspector from the Hopper & Berryman Bus Company (which then ran the services to the Plymstock area)
and informed the Inspector that fully seated buses were carrying additional standing passengers of sometimes around 3237 people! The Vicar also stressed the point that drivers were travelling at excessive speed especially when crossing the
narrow Laira Bridge. The Inspector assured the Vicar that the chassis were capable of carrying the excess of passengers
in safety and that he would speak to the so called speeding drivers.
Another member of the Ratepayers Association said “there was no danger until panic or tragedy occurred and then
something would be done”.
Other members thought the police should be approached and it was reported that this had already happened in the St
Jude’s area the year before.
Later in the year, the 1930 Road Traffic Act was passed which solved the problem of unsafe and overcrowded buses and
laid the foundation of today’s services.
The Hopper & Berryman Buses were sold to the National Bus Company in 1932 which in turn became the Western
National Omnibus Company.
FOR MOTHERS’ DAY
I said a Mother’s Day prayer for you to thank the Lord above
for blessing me with a lifetime of your tender-hearted love.
I thanked God for the caring you’ve shown me through the years,
for the closeness we’ve enjoyed in times of laughter and of tears.
And so, I thank you from the heart for all you’ve done for me,
and bless the Lord for giving me the best mother there could be.
A Poem by a member of St Mary’s Church
She calls herself “The Devon Dumpling”!
A New Start
............. A blank page
O, what’s the use,
The whole world’s in a rage
God offers peace and love to all
What does that mean,
I’m no do-gooder,
I’m not squeaky clean?
God offers peace and love to all
I don’t say my prayers,
I can’t understand
Why God would love me, such a man.
God offers peace and love to all
What do I have to do,
Do I have to go to church
And sit on an upright pew?
God offers peace and love to all
Do you really mean
That God loves me
Warts and all?
Yes God hears our every call
God offers peace and love to all.
THE CALM AFTER AFTER THE STORM . . . . .
(Picture: Robin Blythe Lord)
Rescue and Towing Target Launch, ex RAF 2748, which has been moored in Hooe Lake awaiting restoration nearly
became another victim of our recent bad gales when she broke her mooring and luckily ended up on the shoreline of the
Old Wharf, Oreston, after colliding with other boats.
The wooden 63ft boat was built by Vospers Marine Ltd in 1953 and after serving the RAF, mainly in the Indian Ocean,
was sold into private ownership in 1977.
The boat was re-floated on the high tide the following day with only superficial damage.
HOOE & TURNCHAPEL LADIES GROUP
We meet at the Hooe & Turnchapel Community Centre on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 8.00pm. ALL ladies
Our programme for MARCH 2014 is:MARCH 4th
EVERYWHERE – Mr Mason
HERE, THERE &
For further information please contact:
-Diane McCarthy (Sec) Tel: 311931
Last month’s article introducing our new Bishop of Exeter, the Rt. Revd. Robert Atwell, told us that he is a Benedictine
Oblate of the Abbey of Le Bec in Normandy. I wondered how many people reading this understood what it meant.
St. Benedict of Nursia lived in the early 6th cent. and is known for his skill in setting up good monastic communities. He
wrote a simple, basic rule as a guide to this which he described as ‘a little rule for beginners’.
Benedictine monastic communities still live by this rule today. Oblates mentioned in this rule refer to young children who
were offered by their parents to the community for the religious life. Oblate means the offering of a gift, i.e. an offering to
God and a gift to the Benedictine community. By the 12th cent., oblates referred to adult laymen and women who felt
called by God to follow the Benedictine way, but outside the cloister. Oblates had become and still are Third Order
Benedictines, the first two being monks and nuns.
Each oblate is associated with one particular monastic community. I am an oblate of West Malling Abbey in Kent, an
enclosed Anglican community of Benedictine nuns. We promise ‘the conversion of our lives according to the spirit of our
holy father Benedict.’ So we try to follow in spirit the Benedictine vows the community have taken of Stability, Conversion
of Life, and Obedience. The guidelines of which are found in Benedict’s Rule of Life. This offering is made with a life
intention but is renewed annually.
NEW LUNDY PARISH - A very special place
The island of Lundy has become a parish in its own right, to the delight of the island’s few residents and many regular
visitors. Becoming a parish will allow the church of St Helena's, Lundy, to access funding to help with the substantial
repair work it needs.
The Revd Shirley Henderson, who is based on the mainland in Hartland, will become priest in charge of Lundy. The
whole island turned out to welcome her when she flew in for a Service to mark the event.
She said "Lundy is a very special place. St Helena's is storm battered and needs a lot of work, but residents and regular
visitors to Lundy are absolutely committed to keeping it there.
To turn it into a centre for everyone to use for worship and events as well as research and education will cost over a
million but we are hopeful that with grant funding and the support we have from the residents and those who are lovers of
the island we can do it."
(From the February edition of Exeter Diocese News).
Anne Gay would like to thank everyone for all their prayers for Terry through his illness and also through the sadness of
his passing away. It has been a great comfort to her at this really sad time.
As an attempt to help with our Mission Action Plan we hope to involve as many as are interested in playing board games.
Perhaps on one afternoon a week we could meet in the Parish Hall to play such games as Chess, Draughts, Rummicubs,
Scrabble or Monopoly or some other games.
We hope it might encourage us to socialise and integrate more with each other. It would be good if we could encourage
friends and neighbours and other people to come and join us.
So that we can evaluate the interest in this idea please contact Albert Taylor on Tel: 491018 or at St Mary’s at 10.45am
If you would like to raise some funds for St Mary’s Church and would like to be on a Fund Raising Committee then come
along to Sylvia Tall’s home at 79 Stanborough Road on Wednesday, 26th March at 2.00pm.
If you cannot make this date, let David Roberts know that you would be willing to help.
ST MARY’S BELL RINGERS
Readers of the Herald may have noticed that our bell ringers were mentioned in a recent edition. Readers had been
asked if they could provide some information and background to an image of some bell ringers from the Devon image
Two of our present ringers, Ray Treeby and Tony Banbury wrote in to identify the group. It was a picture of the St Mary
and All Saints, Plymstock Parish Church Annual Bell ringers Dinner held at the Moorland Hotel, Wotter, in 1971.
Out of those pictured Ray Treeby is the only one still ringing at St Mary's every Sunday having started to learn to ring in
1945. That makes a grand total of 70 years of ringing for Ray! Nearly a lifetime of service, thank you Ray and to all who
presently and down the years faithfully call the church to worship and help couples to celebrate their weddings at St
-Revd. Steve Payne
GIFT DAY FOR U.S. AT ST MARY’S
SUNDAY 9th MARCH 2014
St Mary’s congregation have always supported U.S.P.G. – ANGLICANS IN WORLD MISSION – now called U.S.
The Missionary Society was founded in 1701.
Our ‘Gift Day’ preacher will be Heather Skull (Outreach and Engagement Officer) from U.S. You will find
stewardship envelopes in the pews and they will be collected with other contributions at the back of the church at
the end of the Service.
After the usual coffee bar in the hall, we will have our ‘Celebration Faith Lunch’. Please bring your food contributions
to the hall before the 10.45am Service and give them to Maureeen and Howard. There will also be a Mission table
illustrating the work of the ‘Mission Committee’.
St Mary’s congregations have always supported the work of U.S. in prayer and with great generosity. Let’s have a
wonderful day together with Jesus’ words ringing in our ears – “For as much as you did it to one of the least of my
people, you did it for me”.
IMPORTANT DECISION OF THE MISSION COMMITTEE
U.S. have decided to stop churches giving directly to individual projects, e.g. St Francis Hospital that St Mary’s has
supported for the past 5 years.
The Missionary Committee had a lively debate to consider the best way forward. There were some members keen
to continue our links with St Francis Hospital for the following reasons:the congregation would miss the personal links of supporting St Francis
through our ‘Zambian Evenings’, guest speakers from the Hospital
regular reports in the magazine.
Other committee members were in favour of supporting the U.S. strategy:U.S. are reporting that because of their lack of control of funding some
projects have huge support while others have very little. U.S. are fully
of the projects in desperate need and allocate funds etc fairly.
A compromise proposal was put forward that future funding should be allocated 50% to St Francis Hospital and
50% to U.S. The proposal was unanimously approved.
If you have any queries, please contact Brian Hancock.
-The Mission Committee
In an occasional series, Pauline Anning interviews (grills) parishioners about their Church life, the universe and anything.
In our third interview, Sylvia Tall, our much beloved nonagenarian (at least so she says but her activities belie her age) ex nurse, goes
under the spotlight.
PA: Hi Sylvia, you’re looking well, what’s the secret of your longevity?
ST: Never be bored! I was born on 30th December 1922 and lived above my parents’ grocery shop in Union Street.
PA: Was it “open all hours”?!
ST: No 8am-6pm! I used to help out, weighing the sugar, patting the butter. We used to sell chocolate, cooked meats, sweets etc.
Older readers will remember early closing on Wednesdays. Myself and my parents used to drive up to the moors and cook supper –
bacon and eggs in a frying pan on a Primus stove! I went to Gunnerside Boarding School, not as a boarder fortunately, in North Road.
We moved from Union Street when I was 11 to Faringdon Road, St Judes.
PA: I understand it really was a case of ‘the boy next door’!
ST: Yes my husband-to-be, Laurie, lived next door but he was 2 years older than me and we totally ignored each other for ages!
However, he did always used to whistle for my dog, ‘Sport’, who would always run to him. We eventually became boyfriend and
girlfriend when I was 15. I then left school at 16 and worked at the Prince of Wales Hospital, later called Greenbank. The nurses
would go out for the evening and we would all leave a window open for each other with a chair so we could climb back in unnoticed! I
got into trouble once when the Sister summoned me one night and said
“Nurse Roach, there is a young man here to see you who claims he’s your brother! You may see him once but don’t let it happen
PA: Tut tut! Had you always wanted to be a nurse?
ST: From the age of 4 when my gran had been in hospital. The Sister at the nursing home where she was convalescing was wonderful
and inspired me to become a nurse. I used to play with animals and bandage up their paws! I always had a sick bay at home! It was
3 years training to become a State Registered Nurse and then I qualified aged 21.
PA: But it wasn’t all work and no play - when did you and the boy next door get married?
ST: I married Laurie on 23 December 1944 at St Matthias Church, North Hill aged 21.
PA: A wartime wedding.
ST: Yes – Laurie’s eyesight prevented him from fighting so he worked in a factory in Bristol as a member of the RAF making parts for
planes and he was a firewatcher too.
I joined him and got a nursing job in a workhouse in Yate, 10 miles from Bristol. Consultants would visit on a Monday from Bristol
Royal Infirmary to do minor operations.
We came back to Plymouth after the war and Laurie went back to teaching – he was a maths teacher - and I went back to nursing at
Mount Gould. I enjoyed working in the operating theatre.
PA: After the tragedy of the war I believe you suffered your own tragedy?
ST: Yes. Unfortunately our son Philip, who had been born in January 1947, died after only a short time from gastroenteritis. I kept
hoping for another child until I was 40, but we weren’t blessed and you weren’t allowed to adopt if you were over 40 in those days.
Instead Laurie and I were the proud parents of many ‘cuddly’ children over the years. Dogs, cats (Minto for 19 years) and less cuddly
– hedgehogs! Those who knew us will recall how well trained our canine pets were – Laurie patiently trained them to do many an
PA: I remember! When did you move to Plymstock?
ST: We moved to Underlane in 1953 when Plymstock was still a village. I used to walk past fields with cows grazing – there was no
PA: And you were soon ‘busying yourself’ in Plymstock.
ST: Yes I’ve always been a keen fundraiser. I was one of three who started a committee for Cancer Research in Plymstock. I
remember the ‘big cheese’ coming down from London. I was the Social Secretary. I organised coffee mornings etc.
PA: You’ve exercised your fundraising skills for the benefit of St Mary’s too.
ST: Yes well I started the regular Table Top Sales about 5 years ago. I also hold the monthly Film Afternoons at my house which have
raised £450.00 in twelve months.
PA: Any other hobbies?
ST: I used to like travelling with Laurie. We went to Scotland as a favourite and also Switzerland and Germany. We usually went by
caravan but that only started when we found our proposed B & B was booked up when we got there! Never again! Now I like any sort
of handcraft, keyboard playing and I’m a Silver Surfer! I’m also very lucky to have lots of lovely friends – particularly Jean and Brian
and their dog Barney who is my ‘God-dog’! He comes for sleepovers when his parents are away! When I get up at 6am he looks at me
as if to say “What are we getting up now for?!!”
PA: Well thanks Sylvia, all that remains is the ‘Magic 5’ questions all interviewees are asked, so:PA: What’s the best thing in the world?
PA: What don’t you like?
PA: What makes you tick?
ST: Perserverance. My school motto was ‘Perserverance Wins’!
PA: Instead of this interview, where would you rather be? ST: On the beach!
PA: When you arrive at the Pearly Gates, what’s the first thing you’ll say to God?
ST: Thank goodness I’m up here and not down there!
We have vacancies for Governors at
Dunstone Primary School,
Shortwood Crescent, Plymstock, PL9 8TQ.
If you are interested please contact the school,
Tel: 01752 401293 or visit www.dunstone.plymouth.sch.uk
‘Making every day count; growing and achieving together’
Do you have some spare time and would like to make a contribution to children’s education? Our small, friendly primary
school is looking to recruit new governors.
Being a governor is a rewarding and effective way of making a voluntary contribution to your community and to the
lives of local children.
Governors need –
an interest in children’s future
time, energy and enthusiasm
a desire to make a difference
readiness to accept responsibility
an ability to work as a team
The school is committed to children’s safety and all governors
are required to undergo a DBS check.
For more information please look at our website or contact the school.
‘YOUNG @ HEART’ meet St John’s Church Hall
ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE
MOTHERING SUNDAY Sung Eucharist
St John’s Church, Hooe
Open every Thursday
10.00am - 2.00pm
Church open for prayer and/or viewing
Entrance through St John’s Hall
Enquires regarding Baptisms, Marriages at
St Johns can be made between
10-11am in the church hall.
Hooe’s Place Community Café
Open to all
Morning Coffee 10.30-11.30am
Freshly cooked lunches 11.45am-1.30pm
Plymouth City Council
One third of sitting councillors will retire this year having served four years as a ward councillor. Retiring Councillors:
Vivien Pengelly (Plymstock Dunstone)
Wendy Foster (Plymstock Radford).
Nominations for the election to serve as a councillor on Plymouth City Council will open next month (April).
The Annual General Meeting of the Council is scheduled to take place on Friday 6 th June 2014
European Parliamentary Elections
Elections take place every five years with members serving a fixed term of five years,
Voting is by proportional representation, where only one vote is allowed to choose a particular party or individual candidate
if standing as independent representative.
There are at present six Members of The European Parliament representing the South West Region:
Giles Chichester MEP, Conservative Party
Julie McCulloch Girlings, MEP, Conservative Party
William Dartmouth, MEP, UKIP.
Trevor Coleman, MEP, UKIP.
Ashley Peter Fox, MEP, Conservative Party
Graham Watson MEP, Liberal Democrat Party
Polling for both elections will take place on Thursday 22nd May 2014
There are five polling stations in Radford Ward and six in Dunstone Ward. Hooe Baptist Church polling station has the
highest number of registered voters (3241) in the city.
Neighbourhood meetings provide an opportunity for residents to discuss and influence what matters most in their area.
Elburton and Dunstone
Monday 10th March 2014 at 7.00pm
Elburton Village Hall
At the last meeting concerns were raised about:
Motorbike riding on pathways
Could the dog mess cleaning machine (FIDO) be used in the Elburton area?
The use of floodlights and parking problems at King George V playing fields
Plymstock and Radford
Wednesday 19th March 2014 at 7.00pm
Issues discussed at the November meeting:
A youth shelter for Plymstock.
The collection of glass and a recycling facility at Chelson Meadow is not expected to be in place before December.
Calls for the public footpath between Selkirk House (Church Road) and the Health Clinic in Horn Cross Road to be closed
were rejected by Cllr. M. Leaves.
Residents were concerned that new housing developments in Plymstock and Hooe were being built without adequate
infrastructure facilities for roads, schools and clinics.
School Crossing Patrols
Plymouth City Council is looking to protect school crossing patrols in the city from the impact of Government budget cuts
by asking schools to take more responsibility for them.
Community Grant Scheme
Funding allocated by Plymstock Ward Councillors to local groups and organisations from the Community Grant Scheme in
2013/14. Each ward councillor is allowed £3,500 each financial year.
Elburton Methodist Church.
(Replacement oven for elderly lunches)
Support for Plymstock Festival. £300
Plymstock Albion Oaks RFC. £1850
Caribbean Carnival event.
Defibrillator Plymstock Broadway
Defibrillator for Billacombe
Friends of Radford Woods
Total allocated by each councillor:
Cllr Nigel Churchill
Cllr Vivien Pengelly
Cllr Kevin Wigens
Cllr Ken Foster
Cllr Wendy Foster
Cllr Michael Leaves
Coast Path Closed
The South West Coast Path was closed in January after wooden steps collapsed and became dangerous on the section of the
path between Jennycliff and Staddon Heights.
Plymouth City Council are installing new steps made of recycled composite plastic, which will be more resistant to the
elements and will last significantly longer. The £24,000 repair programme will include new safety fencing, handrails and
signage and the path itself will be widened and resurfaced, making it safer for walkers.
Work on the path is expected to be completed later this month.
Hope Credit Union launched a new Credit Union facility in Plymstock Library last month
A credit union is a profit sharing financial co-operative. It is run by the community for the community and offers convenient
savings and low interest loans.
The Credit Union is available to anyone in the PL1 to PL21 postcode and will be at the Library every Monday between
10am and 12 noon.
Monthly Film Show
The film to be shown in Plymstock Library on Monday 17th March at 2.00pm is
It runs for 123 minutes and carries a 12 Certificate classification.
Spectrum Premier Homes Ltd has submitted a planning application to Plymouth City Council to redevelop the 1.77 hectare
site at Nightingale Close, Elburton and erection of 69 homes, access road, car parking and landscaping.
Have you considered how you get about the city and whether there might be a better, cheaper or healthier way of
Plymotion travel advisors will be visiting the Plymstock area from late May onwards to chat about making it easier for
people to travel around Plymouth by bike, by bus and on foot. The alternatives might be more convenient and could help
you save time and money. Why not visit the website www.plymouth.gov.uk/plymotion for more information or enter the
online £100 prize draw consultation now?
New Member of the Team
We would like to welcome a new member of staff in post; Kristy Monk will now be covering Hooe, Turnchapel and
Oreston as a PCSO. She is a very experienced PCSO who you will no doubt see out and about in due course.
On Tuesday 28th January PCSO Fleming and PCSO Wilson from Plymstock Police Station carried out speed
monitoring in 2 separate locations.
The first site was Stanborough Road and they monitored the vehicles there between 11.10 hrs and 12.30 hrs. Over 50
vehicles were checked and the average speed was recorded as 30.59 mph.
The second site was Underlane and vehicles were monitored there between 13.50 hrs and 14.45 hrs, over 100 vehicles
were checked and the average speed was recorded as 26.46 mph.
A number of letters will be sent out to any vehicle owner whose speed was in excess of the limit in an attempt to
educate these drivers for the future.”
I am sure some believe this is not a true reading of the speed in which the vehicles drive along here so please feel free
to contact us should you feel there is an issue at a particular time of the day or even a different area. We have currently
received concerns of speeding in different areas and will now be conducting speed monitoring in those areas.
Identity Fraud is often quoted as ‘Britain’s fastest growing crime. It involves the misuse of identity information in
order to commit crime. Victims of Identity Fraud often report a great deal of inconvenience, stress and cost in trying
to clear matters up - they may never establish how their details have been obtained.
How is your identity used?
Once a piece of information, such as card details has been obtained, other information may be gathered from other
sources, depending on the intention of the fraudster. Put together, they can obtain sufficient information to
impersonate somebody and make a payment using their financial information.
Information that was given for another purpose may be used as a basis for ID Fraud.
Internet sites such as Facebook, other social networking sites and publicly available information such as the Voters
register, are used to gather identifying personal information.
The most common types of Identity Fraud involve the use of compromised Credit and Debit card details.
Account Takeover is a growing trend. Information is obtained to take over bank, card and loan accounts in order to
make high value purchases and take out loans.
Genuine documents may be obtained such as passports and driving licenses.
Be vigilant in providing and using your personal information. In particular:
If you start to receive post for someone you don't know at your address find out why.
Register to vote at your current address. Lenders use the electoral roll to check where you live.
When registering to vote, tick the box to opt out of the ‘Edited’ register to prevent unsolicited marketing mail. (This
does not affect credit checks).
Sign up with the Mail Preference Service to prevent marketing letters.
Protect mail left in communal areas of residential properties.
Re-direct your mail when moving home.
Regularly check statements and chase up any that are not delivered when expected.
Shred, using a cross cut (confetti) shredder anything containing personal information.
Sign up with a Credit Reference agency for alerts.
Regularly check your credit reports from a Credit Reference Agency.
Sign up to Mastercard secure code or verified by Visa when you receive your cards, even if you do not intend to use
your cards on line - this protects you if your card or details are lost or stolen.
Beware of unsolicited phone calls, letters and emails pretending to be your bank, or other financial institution and
asking you to confirm your personal details, passwords and security numbers.
Sign up with the Telephone Preference Service to prevent marketing phone calls.
If using a ‘smart’ phone install anti-virus software on it.
Keep your computer security programs (anti-virus, anti- spam) up to date.
Restrict the amount of personal information that you disclose in the web.
Don’t fall for on line scams, phishing emails, advance fee or other internet related frauds.
Know how to verify secure web sites if making financial transactions.
When forwarding emails, delete other people’s email addresses, and if sending an email to several people, ‘blind copy’
their email addresses to guard against email scammers.
Opt out where you can - companies may send you marketing mail or share your details in mailing lists with other
Don’t divulge more information than you need to - why do they want so much personal information?
Think very carefully before giving information to researchers or charity collectors.
Have a secure place to store confidential documents at home. In a safe, for example.
Don’t carry what you don’t need in your wallet, purse, or bag, such as passports or credit cards.
If you think that you are a victim of Identity Fraud - Act Quickly
Do not ignore the problem - it might not be you that has ordered some goods or opened an account but the debt falls
to your name and address.
Inform the card issuer or other financial institution concerned as soon as possible.
Do not destroy the card if it is still in your possession - keep it as evidence.
Identify fraudulent transactions as soon as possible. Inform the companies involved if possible.
Inform the Police if you have lost money directly or can identify a suspect. Card companies pass information relating to
transactions on compromised cards directly to the Police.
Obtain a copy of your credit report from a credit reference agency.
Credit reference agencies offer free advice services to victims of ID Fraud.
Sign up with the CIFAS Protective Registration Service