Christ Church -
the Revd Andrew Hemming, Priest for Redhill; 01761-462582 M: 07584-124198
104 years ago Archduke Franz Ferdi-nand was assassinated in Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina, an event that was to plunge the
world into a state of war. This was the first time a war of this scale had occurred. It was called the Great War because this was
supposed to be the war to end all wars. Indians, Australians, Italians, Germans and people from Redhill were among those called
upon to fight.
In Redhill Club one Friday night I was shown a photograph of Redhill taken just before the Great War, it showed the Bridgwater
Road (A38) as a single track road with an unmetalled surface; the Darlington was there together with the cottages on the oth-er
side of the road with long front gar-dens leading from the road. This was a very different time.
In those days, leading up to the Great War and during, we can be certain that the good people of Redhill would have met in their
church each Sun-day morning praying for peace and the safe return of their young men.
The Priest then was one Alcwyn Elkington Jones. The services would have been very different, strictly Prayer Book, but the
names in the congregation would have been strikingly familiar to us today, you can tell this from the Baptism Register. ‘The more
a thing changes, the more it stays the same’ as the old French saying goes.
Redhill lost five of it’s young men in that war:
Percy William Jackson
On 11th November -Armistice Day 100th Anniversary - at 10:50am (so we can join in the 2 minutes si-lence at 11am) the villagers
of Redhill will again gather in their church. We will remember again those who went to fight for the peace we now enjoy and those
who lost their lives.
As did the villagers 100 years ago, we will pray for peace, for a time when our young people will never again be called upon to
fight in a war. In deed, we will commit ourselves to that peace. But peace, as in the ab-sence of war, is not enough, we need to
commit ourselves to dreaming of a better future, for nothing new hap-pens without first someone dreams of that better thing. It is
through our hope filled dreams that the old French saying will be debunked. By first dreaming and then living that future.
This Armistice Day we will pray for God’s help and we will commit our-selves to Peace, and dreaming and living a Better Life that
honours the past sacrifice they made for our fu-ture.
Praying God’s blessing on us all
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Every 4th Wednesday 10.30am-12.30pm Coffee’n’Company A pop-up café providing an opportunity to catch up with
friends and meet new ones over coffee and cake
Every 4th Sunday 4pm-5pm Storytime A time to explore Bible stories for primary aged children and their families
Alternate Thursdays 2pm-3.30pm The Tot Spot Come and have some fun with other young parents and their toddlers
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At this session (unbelievably) we will be celebrating our first anniversary. It has been a very successful and happy year so I
thought we would honour the occasion with a birthday cake and maybe a bit of bubbly during our refreshment break so I do hope
you will be able to join us.
We are singing the occasional carol and are now adding songs from shows to our repertoire, so there is no stopping us and the
show must go on and the laughter continue.
We look forward to seeing everyone.
It was good to meet up again after the summer break. We had a very suc-cessful trip to Minehead in August – we were even able to
enjoy a rainfree afternoon and many of us re-called happy memories of steam train journeys as children.
Our first speaker of our autumn session was Elsa Crawford, who came to speak about her experiences becoming part of the Etsy
enterprise selling system via the internet. The title was intriguing as we were wondering about the connection with Katie Morag – a
children’s story! As it happened, it was the necessity of having to make a ‘Katie Morag’ costume for World Book Day at her
daughter’s school. This has now grown into a much larger business which exports a wide range of hand/home-made character
costumes all over the world.
Our October speaker is Bob Bruton, who is going to speak on The Bristol Riots. We are looking forward to hear-ing about this difficult
time for Bristoli-ans. On Friday, 26th October, we are hosting our Harvest Supper and we are hoping that many of the Journal
readers will have seen the posters around and about and bought tickets to enjoy a delicious supper and listen to The Twerzels. We
are anticipating a great evening – more news next month.
Tuesday, 13th November is the date of our Annual Meeting. We will be electing our Committee and President for the coming year.
Come along at 7.30pm and join us for the evening to find out more about Redhill WI.