Benefice Newsletter



JULY 2018

In 1962, four nervous young musicians played their first record audition for the executives of the Decca Recording company. The executives were not impressed. While turning down this group of musicians, one executive said, "We don't like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out." The group was called The Beatles.
In 1944, Emmeline Snively, director of the Blue Book Modelling Agency, told modelling hopeful Norma Jean Baker, "You'd better learn secretarial work or else get married." She went on and became Marilyn Monroe.
In 1954, Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry fired a singer after one performance. He told him, "You ain't goin' nowhere son. You ought to go back to drivin' a truck." He went on to become the most popular singer in America, named Elvis Presley.
When Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876, it did not ring off the hook with calls from potential backers. After making a demonstration call, President Rutherford Hayes said, "That's an amazing invention, but who would ever want to use one of them?"
When Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, he tried over 2000 experiments before he got it to work. A young reporter asked him how it felt to fail so many times. He said, "I never failed once. I invented the light bulb. It just happened to be a 2000-step process."
In the 1940's, another young inventor named Chester Carlson took his idea to 20 corporations, including some of the biggest in the country. They all turned him down. In 1947 - after seven long years of rejections! He finally got a tiny company in Rochester, New York, the Haloid Company, to purchase the rights to his invention, an electrostatic paper-copying process. Haloid became Xerox Corporation we know today.

Wilma Rudolph was the 20th of 22 children. She was born prematurely and her survival was doubtful. When she was 4 years old, she contacted double pneumonia and scarlet fever, which left her with a paralysed left leg. At age 9, she removed the metal leg brace she had been dependent on and began to walk without it. By 13 she had developed rhythmic walk, which doctors said was a miracle. That same year she decided to become a runner. She entered a race and came in last. For the next few years every race she entered, she came in last. Everyone told her to quit, but she kept on running. One day she actually won a race. And then another. From then on she won every race she entered. Eventually this little girl, who was told she would never walk again, went on to win three Olympic gold medals.

The moral of the above Stories: Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved. You gain strength, experience and confidence by every experience where you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you cannot do. And remember, the finest steel gets sent through the hottest furnace. A winner is not one who never fails, but one who NEVER QUITS! In LIFE, remember that you pass this way only once! Let's live life to the fullest and give it our best.


Revd Mark Wilson, Tel: 01488 491105,








You are the light
 of the world.

(Matthew 5.14)




Mary Magdalene is one of the people commemorated in July (22nd) She also has a rose named after her. Mary Magdalene is an English rose, soft apricot pink in colour, a tea rose perfume with a hint of myrrh. It was named for the church of St. Mary Magdalene, Albrighton.

As we think of Mary we pray for grace that as a Benefice we may be loyal, consistent, persistent and brave in our following of Christ. (Gardening with God by Jane Mossendew)



 Met at the most northern spot of the Benefice when we visited Patrick and Olivia at Elcot. After wrestling with Hebrews, we were rewarded with a fly past of the Barn Owl. Next meeting as usual in St. Mary's Room, all welcome. Date to be announced.





Will be held during September and October in preparation for those who would like to be confirmed. The Rev'd Sue Webster and Bridin will be running them. The service will be on 4th November, 10.00am in St. George, Wash Common. Anyone may be confirmed who has been baptized and is old enough to answer responsibly for themselves the right time can be any age the teens or nineties




KINTBURY’S GOT TALENT! - Saturday, June 16th.2018


Some of the benefice’s most talented young people entertained an appreciative and enthusiastic audience in St Mary’s church last Saturday. There were carefully rehearsed solo singing performances from Beth Palmer, Kendra Matthews and Sam Sneath while Sam’s sister Robyn demonstrated her skills in an energetically acrobatic dance routine. Layla Hayes & Grace Baldwin, dancing as the duo, “Sparkleball” must have spent hours practising to achieve their precisely co-ordinated routine which was a joy to watch.  The judges faced a difficult task in choosing a winner, eventually deciding to award first prize to two of the contestants who were Steph Wells for her impressive rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Alleluia” and Jessica Smith for her energetic dance routine incorporating a wide range of styles.  Congratulations! Tessa Lock.

Refreshments generated £20 for Children in Need and ticket sales £150 for St. Mary's Church. Well done everyone.


The All Age Service in Kintbury was held in St. Mary's School. The theme was 'potential' and there was a wonderful, large gathering of children and parents, surrounded by the children's work, it was evident that the benefice has much potential for growth.





Many of you will have heard the sad news about John Tyzack. Among many things he was a stalwart of the Hamstead Marshall PCC and he will be much missed for his help and encouragement over the years.  A service was held for his family last week and there will opportunities to remember him in the coming months. 





To wander in these beautiful gardens brings a rare sense of peace and tranquillity. The sympathetic redesigning of the old church foundations deserves national acclaim. How blessed we are to be allowed to explore this treasure in our Benefice. There is also the opportunity to beautify our own gardens from the variety of stalls, plants and artefacts on offer. The remarks that I heard whilst at the show echoed the above statements. Thank you


Mission to Upper Shire Malawi

From June 21- July 3rd Patrick Whitworth from the Walbury Beacon Benefice will be leading a Team to the Diocese of Upper Shire Malawi for a Diocesan Mission. The Team will consist of two Students from Bath Uni, Jodie and Nia, the Chaplain of Bath University Nigel Rawlinson, and two Malawians. We meet together for the first time on Friday June 22nd.  Our visit is under the umbrella of Sharing of Ministry Abroad- a small Anglican Mission Organization set up in the 1970’s, of which I am Chair of the Trustees. Malawi is often


called the happy heart of Malawi. Its greatest feature is Lake Malawi and it borders Zambia on the West and Mozambique on the East, which is the other side of the lake. It was to Malawi that David Livingstone, the great Scottish Missionary, went in the 19th Century giving its second city its name, Blantyre. Here he negotiated with tribal leaders for the end of the slave trade and his heart was buried in Malawi, on an island in the Lake, while his body was taken home and buried in Westminster Abbey in 1873.  While there we shall be preaching at the Cathedral and several Parish churches on each Sunday and taking a residential conference for all Parish Clergy and Youth leaders at the Chilema Ecumenical and Conference Centre during the week. The Theme of the Conference will be “Leading in the Power of the Spirit”.  Please pray for effective communication, a good spirit and exciting learning together.  Thank you for your support, prayer and interest. (Patrick)


Kennet Valley Filling Station: June’s meeting welcomed the Ford Family from Highworth. Vicar Matt Ford gave an encouraging talk, his wife played keyboard and sang, and all five members of the family (teenage children included) shared words of knowledge that they’d been given during the evening – in some cases very accurate, specific and powerful words that touched hearts. We thank the Ford family for their brave faithfulness, for joining us, and for sharing something important of God’s heart.  Our next meeting is on Wed 11thJuly in The Coronation Hall, 7.30-9.15pm when we welcome John and Anne Cole, for 13 years   leaders of New Wine. They have spent a lifetime involved in Christian mission, John is currently working on the team bringing about London Diocese’s 2020 Vision, whilst Anne’s ministry is equipping women for leadership and ministry. Please join us in July to hear what this inspiring couple have to share with us.The Filling Station Team.




River Kennet, Raft, Boat or Anything that Floats Race

at Craven Fisheries, Hamstead Marshall, RG20 0JD, Entry £5 per boat.

Proceeds to St. Mary's Church, Enborne and Stockcross Primary Schools


All vessels to be home made and must carry an egg in or on from start to finish

Winner will be first boat to cross the line carrying its egg

Parking in Hamstead Park Hot dogs, snacks, drinks etc available: for catering purposes please let us know if you wish to attend.

SUNDAY, 15TH JULY - St. Swithun's Fun Day

Combe Manor Barn: 2.45pm-5.00pm

The story of St. Swithun followed by: Fun and games in the Barn,

Children's entertainers Sharky and George, free tea, cakes and soft drinks

Tickets; Adults £5: Children £2.50

Please email: to register


Any Thursday Everyone Welcome

 10.30am, St. Mary's Room.Kintbury Informal mornings of coffee, tea, biscuits, chat. 


Communications Committee: Third Editor wanted

Once again the Communications Committee has been if not felled, then severely bent Phil has broken his shoulder, Penny has hay fever, Leila continues stirling work with the school.

We are always looking for someone outside Kintbury to join us, so please if you feel you would like to 'have a go', contact us as below

Items please to:   Penny at ian_fletcher43@btinternet; or

Phil at

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