These ‘headlines’ seem to be the news diet we get daily—and it has never been any different through the generations. Way back in Old Testament times we find the same problems. Our standard of living has risen, our education has improved, our scientific knowledge has increased and yet we can’t stop the continuing wrongs of our society.
Once a newspaper posed the question “What’s Wrong with the World?”
G. K. Chesterton reputedly wrote a brief letter in response:
G. K. Chesterton.”
The awful things that happen in our world come about because of the selfish nature of our hearts—always seeking what we want and not looking out for the best for others. Love always puts others first. And the greatest love a person can have is to lay down their life foranother—that is why it is so important to remember and give thanks for those who did, and are doing, just that for our freedom. We will be holding Services of Remembrance on Sunday 8th November and hope you will join with us in this act of thanksgiving.
Of course, the Christian faith celebrates the great act of love which enables people to have an intimate relationship with God. The last Sunday of November is Advent Sunday. For many preparations for Christmas will truly be underway by then. We will be preparing to celebrate too by taking time to let our hearts be open to God’s amazing grace and transforming power. We shall be not only thinking of Christ’s birth over 2000 years ago, but celebrating that Christ comes again, and again in our relationship with him.
He does that we when realise our need for him — that we need a Saviour who will take us to a place where our hearts are no longer full of selfishness but are transformed because of his love and acceptance of us.
Note: This article has been significantly updated since the original posting
Since a meeting on 15 October in the village hall, I have become aware of the strength of feeling in the village about the plans to build 12,000 houses in the Eastern Development Area to the South of the village.. Many residents here, and in other parishes affected by the proposals, want to oppose the development. They are surprised that the South Marston parish council is continuing to work with the planners to modify the proposals to bring them more in line with the village strategy, which so many of you helped to create in 2007. Continue reading Latest on the planned housing development – Updated→
We had a very busy start to the new year at school and held a number of events for charities, both local and we had a great Harvest festival in October at the Church.
Thank you to all of the children who brought in food for the Swindon Food Bank.
We have also had a Jeans for Genes day this term and collected £106 for research into genetic disorders.
The School Council have also decided to support an appeal for Christmas shoeboxes full of presents for families in Romania. We are collecting items until 20th Oct and they will be distributed in Dec to the Romanian families by a charitable organisation.
We have recently had planning permission granted for an extension to the front of the school to include a kitchen and dining area. Work will hopefully be starting in November and it will be a 6 month project.
An ORANGE inflatable boat was among items taken from a diving club.
Burglars struck at the Swindon British Sub Aqua Club, based within the grounds of Supermarine Sports and Social Club in South Marston, between 7.30pm on Monday and 8.15am on Tuesday.
The high value items stolen included diving equipment and the orange humber rigid inflatable boat, which is six metres in length and has a Yamaha two-stroke outboard engine attached to it.
Anyone with information or who saw the boat being towed away should call DC 1596 Bishop at Gablecross Police Station on 0845 408 7000 or leave information, anonymously, with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
With the clocks going back this weekend (25th Oct 2009), Swindon Borough Council is urging people to take extra care when travelling in the darker evenings.
Cyclists can easily be caught out without lights, and should take the time to check that their bicycle lights are clean and working, and if possible invest in reflective clothing. Dynamo pedals are also available that flash as you cycle, giving added visibility as the cyclist crosses side junctions.
Car drivers should also prepare for the winter months by checking there is a spare blanket in the boot, and taking extra caution to look out for pedestrians and cyclists. It’s also safer to have passengers in the car should you break down or have to walk to isolated car parks, so try to car share with friends and work colleagues as much as possible. To find out who’s going your way, log on to www.carshareswindon.com.
Wear bright clothing if walking in poorly lit areas too. Whether it’s walking the dog or striding your child to school, make sure you can be seen. Reflective tabards and ankle / armbands are available for both adults and children.
For more information, contact Margaret Tester, Swindon Borough Council’s Road Safety Manager, Phone: 01793 466399