A Letter from your Vicar

A LETTER FROM YOUR VICAR

 

A LETTER FROM YOUR VICAR

 

My dear Friends,

100 years ago and the Great War ended at 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. We are often shown much on our screens and elsewhere of some of the horror of that conflict and yet realistically we cannot really begin to understand what all those soldiers and sailors – and yes member of the Flying Corps which became the RAF in 1918 – went through. This was to have been ‘The war to end all wars’.

 

There will be very few people alive who really have any memories of that terrible conflict as one would have to be at least 105. So what is it that we are called upon to ‘remember’? Perhaps some would say we remember the events of the Second World War but here I am, well into my ‘pension years’ with no memories even of rationing, having been born in 1949, so even those who have memories of that conflict will become fewer each year.

 

I must admit that history is one of my special interests and I do believe that the past should instruct our present and future as we seek to learn the lessons of days gone by. If the right lessons had been learnt in 1918 and afterwards, perhaps there would have been no WW2. I appreciate that is a mute point.

Winston Churchill, though a wonderful leader in time of War from 1940 to1945, used to say “it is better to jaw-jaw than to war-war”. In 1920 the League of Nations was established to try and maintain peace but it was obviously sadly rather unsuccessful. After WW2 , the United Nations has been, thankfully, more effective.

 

So what is this ‘remembrance’? Is it about looking back? Take yourself back to your childhood days and weren’t there times when your parents or teachers told you to remember to do something ? ‘Remember to make sure your laces are well tied, remember to do your homework.....’ So you see Remembrance is about the present and, more importantly, about the future as well as the past. So what is it that we remember to do?

 

I am deeply warmed to see the way that, in recent years, Remembrance observance is for all ages. We can only hope that it remains so, well into the future. Human beings often portray a lack of tolerance and understanding for those of other cultures – or even of their own culture. This lack of tolerance can be the beginning of war. We may well feel dismayed sometimes at the way that politicians hold each other in such little respect and with an apparent lack of loyalty but we have to ask ourselves if we are really any better in our daily life.

 

As we gather around our War Memorials on November 11th, let us look at our poppies and let them speak to us their own message. At the heart of each, there is the black button and our Acts of Remembrance will certainly contain an element of sadness, particularly for older people who remember former comrades who died. The most dramatic of colours is the redness of the poppy itself and that is the colour of love, of thankfulness to those whose lives were cut horribly short. Please notice also the ‘stalk’ which is green, the colour of growth and of the future. The Kohima Epitaph will be read out ‘When you go home, tell them of us and say for your tomorrow, we gave our today’. Perhaps that may awaken in all of us a desire to be people of peace in all our dealings with others. Our nation, as has been said frequently is, at this moment, very much a divided Society. Let us commit to promoting respect for people of other opinions than our own and that could be the very best way to respond to the sacrifice that our military personnel have made in the past and who are willing to make today.

 

Jesus himself spoke of his own great sacrifice that he would make in dying on the cross when he said “Greater love has no one than this that people lay down their lives for their friends” (John 15:13). He above all is the one who shows us the power of loving self-sacrifice....can we be ready to learn!

Your loving Priest and Friend

Charles

 

Your help required, please! We put this in last month but sadly no takers and so we try again!!

 

Richard Smith has been our Bere Regis PCC Treasurer for the last 10 years and he feels that now is the right time to hand over the day-to-day maintenance of the accounts. We are very grateful for all that he does, and has done, in keeping us on the right path financially.

 

What we are looking for, please, is someone to take over that day –to- day maintenance of the accounts. There must be various people in our parish community who could do this very efficiently and we are simply asking you to consider if one of those may be you! You would not need to be a member of the Church Council and indeed not even a member of the Church, but someone with the necessary skills and a willingness to use them.

 

Richard will ensure that all aspects of the Treasurer position are properly explained to the new person and is prepared to use his knowledge to maintain an overview of financial matters for the immediate period after the new treasurer is in place.

 

 We cannot actually pay you for undertaking such work but would certainly be prepared to give an ‘honorarium’ as a sign of our gratitude.

 

I will refrain from going into any more detail but please speak to me or to Richard or either of the Churchwardens, for more detailed information.                                                 Charles