Final Weekly Meditation 2/7/21

I suspect some of you are wondering (if you can see the picture of the swan) why that particular picture? Well I suppose like many of you I am reminded of the phrase “Swan song”. The swan song is a metaphorical phrase for a final gesture, effort, or performance given just before death or retirement. The phrase refers to an ancient belief that swans sing a beautiful song just before their death since they have been silent for most of their lifetime (Wikipedia). There are several stories about how this story made its way into our language, my favourite is an ancient one.

A certain rich man bought in the market a Goose and a Swan. He fed the one for his table and kept the other for the sake of its song. When the time came for killing the Goose, the cook went to get him at night, when it was dark, and he was not able to distinguish one bird from the other. By mistake he caught the Swan instead of the Goose. The Swan, threatened with death, burst forth into song and thus made himself known by his voice, and preserved his life by his melody.

It is said there is no truth in the idea that a swan will sing just before its death but the phrase still is used for that final act. My hope and prayer is that the Gospel message you have heard will be shared by everyone of you, not just as a final act but as a daily offering to the Lord. As to what will be my final act of sharing in the Loughborough Circuit will be at our open-air shared worship at Quorn on July 11th, 10-30 am. Chance to sing!

John Pugh (Rev)  Wymeswold Methodist

 

 

Weekly Meditation 25/6/21

If you’ve recently spent any time in uniform the photo will either fill you with lots of memories or just send a shiver down your spine! Most non-military individuals will refer to it as camouflage, but to those who’ve served it’s DPM or Disruptive Patterned Material. Yes there are several designs dependant on where in the world you served or even when. This one worked well amongst personnel serving in Northern Europe, wearing it in a desert terrain didn’t work so well. Obviously there a more sandy colour would work far better.

Whatever force you served with it was all about hiding in plain sight, in fact wearing the correct material it is even possible to stand in plain sight, say in front of a forest and, providing you don’t move you will not be seen. If you use a computer on a regular basis and you’re bored look up the use of camouflage on the internet. Wildlife uses it all the time, try looking at moths, octopuses and chameleons sometime. Soldiers are trained to use natural foliage to break up their outline to blend in with their natural surroundings.

The problem today is that people want to hide in plain sight, they are often encouraged not to stand out in the crowd. The idea that if they don’t stand out they won’t get picked on, they won’t be given extra work to do. In fact if anything they will slip underneath the radar and will end up having a nice easy life. There used to be a well known saying especially amongst National Service personnel – “Don’t volunteer for anything!” This would be echoed by the Regular troops who’d learned the hard way, if anything get someone else to do the hard work whilst you make out you’re doing them a favour.

Some Christians hide themselves in plain sight amongst the wider population. They don’t stand out in any way, no-one can tell they are different. Yet it used to be said that Christians stood out because of what they said, how they said it and how they acted. The big question for today is are you a camouflaged Christian? Or do you truly stand out and up for Jesus Christ? Are there Christians around you that you don’t know about? If there are some why not challenge them to stand out and up for Jesus with you

John Pugh  (Rev)  Wymeswold Methodist

Collection for a Retirement Gift to Roger Kirkbride, Our Pharmacist

Roger has retired from the Pharmacy in Wymeswold where he has served The Wolds Community diligently for the last 11 years. Not only has he fought hard to maintain the pharmacy and introduced new services but he has provided invaluable advice and support to individuals in a warm, approachable and always professional manner.

We understand that many of you will have individually thanked him, however, as his retirement has happened suddenly many people may not be aware that he has left.

We feel strongly that his contribution to the community should be recognised. For this purpose collection boxes for donations will be available in the Pharmacy and Granvilles until Monday, May 10th. The proceeds will be used to buy a garden token for Roger.

Susan Paterson and Audrey Murray

Wymeswold Duck Races and Open Gardens

Wymeswold Village Presents “A Weekend of Family Fun”, 11th and 12th September 2021.

The Duck Races and Open Gardens committees are joining forces this year to bring you all a well-deserved village event!

Saturday 11th September: Wymeswold Duck Races – ‘Goes on Tour!’  The Duck Race is going ‘on tour’ to Wymeswold Playing Fields for this year.

Sunday 12th September: Wymeswold Open Gardens. We are appealing for gardens – whether you have opened previously, or this is your first time.  We would like to have as big a diversity of gardens as possible.  Large, small, established or newly-planted.  Due to a later date we can showcase more fruit and vegetable gardens along with late summer/early Autumn flowers.

Contact Andy: andythegardener@googlemail.com or 07956 861305

 

Community Housing and Planning Survey 2021

There are currently two large scale planning applications lodged with Charnwood Borough Council. However there are 11 potential sites in total varying in capacity between 25 to 3450 dwellings that have been identified as possible locations for development.

Wymeswold Parish Council would be extremely grateful if village residents could complete the survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WymeswoldCommunityConsultation