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Issue Number:   Sept   1949

VICAR’S LETTER
My dear friends
Last month I illustrated what I wanted to say by finding a moral in the good behaviour of my ducks. This month I want to use them again for quite another purpose. Besides the laying duck, I managed to hatch out eight little ones, which are growing up nicely. One has to take quite a lot of care of them when they are small; plenty of water, regular meals, exercise and a clean house, etc. And then came the day of the church fete, and everybody from the vicarage was out. We came back to find only six little ducks. A few days later I went out on a Saturday afternoon to Lydney to play cricket—and came back to find five little ducks. Of course there are all sorts of ways in which they could disappear, and I hate to think they were stolen, but it is strange that the disappearances took place on days when there was nobody about to watch them, and strange that no trace of feathers, etc. remained to show they had been killed.
So to my moral! My little ducks are no more nor less valuable to me than the birds or animals, of some kind, which almost everybody keeps in the country. Some of my readers have probably had similar experiences. At this time of year, people who possess fruit trees know how tempting a bait they are to children (and some people seem to continue to be children for a very long time!).
In fact it is surprising how many people, who would hate to be called a “thief and who would not attempt to burgle a house, or steal on the large scale (which involves, I suppose, much more courage as well as risk of being caught) will be guilty of such petty stupid little thefts and dishonesties.
I believe it is a sign of the times. Partly because we are hedged about by so many restrictions, so many controls and rationings etc, that we are tempted to get round them if we can! Partly because the love of adventure is natural in most normal people. But small things lead to bigger, and it is only a few steps from taking apples from a tree to robbing a bank—and the newspapers constantly remind us of the great amount of theft, dishonesty and similar crimes which happen today.
What can we do about it? Two things, I think. The one is to realise that “juvenile crime” ought generally to be called “parental crime.” The child “criminal” is usually a boy or girl who gets into trouble for want of something better to do. It is the responsibility of parents especially, but also of all grown-ups, to help children to make good use of their natural zest for adventure and excitement, by helping them to find suitable outlets for it.
Secondly, we who profess to be Christians must realise that we have a great responsibility to resist temptations to little dishonesties. It is often very difficult. But if we stand firm, we can help those who are wavering, by setting them a better example. It may be difficult, but when we pray “Thy will be done” we must realise that God’s will is not being done, and His law is being broken on a very wide scale in these ways today. As Christians we must strive to keep His laws of honesty and truth, and by doing so we shall help others to follow suit more than we can possibly realise.
Yours sincerely in Our Lord,
Charles Vernon, vicar.

FROM THE PARISH REGISTER

HOLY BAPTISM
July 31.—John Nelmes, Saunders Green,
Aug. 7.—Terence Malcolm Phillips, Aylburton Rd., Lydney.
Aug.14.—.Jeanette Hilda May Nyland, 2, Bowson Road.
Aug. 21, .— Ann Rees, The Eaves.
Aug.21.—Glyn Richards, 35, Parkend Road.

HOLY MATRIMONY
July 23.—Russell Kenneth Preece (Woodside, Bream) and Iris Markey (Lydney).

July 30.—Maurice Burford (Coleford) and Iris Lilian Baker (The Tufts. Bream).

HOLY BURIAL
July 24.—Carnation Johns of Horrill Hill House, aged 83.
July 29.—Tom Yearsley, of Clements End, aged 59.
Aug. 4.—Jane Jenkins, of Parkend Road, aged 77.
Aug. l2,—Esme Clare Eacott, of Stroud, aged 30.

SACRED CONCERT AND CHURCH SERVICE AT THE SCOWLES

Now Bream has, its own male voice choir once again, and, under the very able leadership of Mrs. Davies and with a keen muster of members, it is rapidly becoming a very good choir, of which the village may be proud. By the time this is printed, the choir will have taken part in the open competition in Lydney. I hope it will do well, but I hope it will not be disappointed if it does not; building up a good team is the secret of any success, and that must take a little while, and with patience I am sure that the future prospects are bright.
Therefore I am very glad that the choir are coming to give their services, together with church choir and congregation, at the service and concert at the devil’s chapel on August 28th. Given fine weather, it should be a very inspiring occasion. It is true that we are holding it rather late in the summer this year, but that is only a start, and I hope very much that, continuing the happy and friendly relationships between church and choir, we shall make this an annual event for many years to come. C.V.

OUTINGS
Though the weather for our fete was so unfortunate, we could not have wished for better days for the Sunday school and choir outings.
The Sunday School outing was to Barry Island once more, Nearly 150 of us packed into four coaches, and the journey was carried out safely and without delay both ways. The standard of singing in the writer’s coach was not very high, but quite energetic. The others probably held their own. We reached Barry Island to find the tide low, and plenty of room on the sands for all of us, as well as several thousand other people who shared the same idea. Most of us had a very good tea together at Rowe’s cafe, and having spent the afternoon mainly on the beach, swimming, paddling, making castles and burying father in the sand, most of the children found their way to the amusement park after tea. The choir nearly earned themselves a new vicar, by giving the present one a heart attack on the scenic railway. Various prizes were won on the sideshows and stalls, nobody got seriously lost, and we all started for home in good spirits which prevailed to the end.
The Choir outing, on the following Thursday, was equally enjoyed. We reached Cheltenham in time to visit the swimming pool before tea, and were then entertained at the Theatre, especially by the clever thought-reading of Mr. Fogel, and, as usual, came home singing.

CHURCH FETE
It was unfortunate that, after rejecting various earlier dates which clashed with other local events, we eventually chose a date which happened to be one of the wettest of this summer!
All the more credit to the many people who worked so hard and so successfully to make a success of what might easily have been a failure.
So the net profit was £42 l0s and despite the weather we had a very enjoyable afternoon. Just as the first organisers reached the field at about 2.30 the rain began; and it needed little local knowledge to see that it was likely to continue. It was hopeless to postpone so much good food would have had to be wasted, and the children would have been disappointed, so we were grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Hancocks for offering the use of their skittle alley. It did not take long to carry everything over, and the stalls and sideshows, though rather cramped, managed to carry on very well. At intervals, when the rain cleared a little, we managed to have some of the children’s races and competitions outside on the Tump, and the skittles competition organisers were kept busy well into the evening.
Well done everybody. Let us hope for better weather next year!


RECEIPTS
£ s. d.
Nigger minstrels ..............................7 18 7
Draw for sherry and cigarettes .........3 6 6
Lucky wheel .. .. .............................7 14 2
Penny-board ...................................2 3 3
Skittles ...........................................6 17 8
Refreshments , ................................4 6 9
Gate money .. .. .............................1 14 0
Fancy and cake stall ......................18 12 0
Sundry draws and Competitions ....13 17 0
Sales ..............................................2 8 10
Donations .......................................1 0 0
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£69 18 7
EXPENSES
Prizes for competitions races, etc.12 18 0
Refreshments ...............................1 7 10
Baby prize
Mowing field. ..................................10 6
Hire of tent ....................................8 0 0
Skittles prize .................................1 0 0
Hire of tables ...................................7 6
Hire of loudspeaker.................... 1 14 8
Sundry expenses ...........................19 9
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Nett profit £69 18 7

HARVEST THANKSGIVING

Harvest Thanksgiving services this year are planned as follows:—
Thursday, September 22nd. Holy Communion 7.30, Evensong 7.0. Sunday, September 25th. Holy Communion 8.0, Sung Eucharist 10.0, Children’s Service 3.0, Evensong 6.30.
Gifts and decorations should be brought to the church in good time on Wednesday, 21st. or Saturday 24th.
Parents are asked to encourage the children to bring a harvest offering to the special children’s festival service in the afternoon. The children will join in procession at the church gate and carry their goods into church to present them at the altar.
Sunday School arrangements for September:
Sept. 4 in church;
Sept, 11—18 at day school;
Sept. 25 (festival), in church

 


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