Parish Priest’s Letter

Dear Friends

Have you got ‘attitude’…..I quite wonder what that means but we should always remember that the attitudes we adopt can change situations, people and the outcomes of all sorts of situations.

As we pass through the time of Remembrance  (All Souls and All Saints Days and Remembrance Sunday itself) this poem by David Roberts can speak to us about the attitudes we strike in most of the situations we encounter.

There will be no peace:

till attitudes change;

till self-interest is seen as part of common interest;

till old wrongs, old scores, old mistakes

     are deleted from the account;

till the aim becomes co-operation and mutual benefit

     rather than revenge or seizing maximum personal or group gain;

till justice and equality before the law

     become the basis of government;

till basic freedoms exist;

till leaders – political, religious, educational – and the police and media

wholeheartedly embrace the concepts of justice, equality, freedom, tolerance, and reconciliation as a basis for renewal;

till parents teach their children new ways to think about people.

 There will be no peace: 

till enemies become fellow human beings.                                               David Roberts

The Cross stands amidst all of these words symbolizing how true they are and how necessary if society yes and even the world is to progress beyond a dog eat dog existence.

In a way its so much easier to punch back…to walk off without trying to mend a broken relationship and its also much easier to justify  acts and attitudes to ourselves from within our own thinking rather than stepping outside of ourselves and seeing exactly how we are behaving and how ridiculous we are being.

So as we approach Advent via this time of remembering it is a good idea to ponder some of the things have said and done in the light of David Roberts’ words for as ripples on a pond spread across it , so we too can make a difference in the thinks of the day to day.

 Yours in Christ

  Reverend Canon Roger Smith Roger


War Time November in Coventry…from a memoir

At around  8pm, Coventry Cathedral was set on fire for the first time. Fire-fighters managed to put out the first fire but other direct hits followed and soon new fires in the cathedral, were out of control. During the same period, fires were started in nearly every street in the city centre. A direct hit on the fire brigade headquarters disrupted the fire service’s command and control, making it difficult to send fire fighters to the most dangerous blazes first. Water mains were damaged by high explosives; there was not enough water available to tackle many of the fires. The raid reached its climax around midnight with the final all clear sounding at 06:15 on the morning of 15 November.

In one night, more than 4,000 homes in Coventry were destroyed, along with around three quarters of the city’s factories. There was barely an undamaged building left in the city centre. Two hospitals, two churches and a police station were also among the damaged buildings. Approximately 600 people were killed (the precise death toll has never been established) and more than 1,000 were injured.


 And God said, ‘Let there be light’ and there was light, but the Electricity Board said he would have to wait until Thursday to be connected. 
— Spike Milligan

 I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the ordeal of meeting me is another matter. 
— Winston Churchill

 At my age I do what Mark Twain did. I get my daily paper, look at the obituaries page and if I’m not there I carry on as usual. 
— Patrick Moore

  I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me. 
— Noel Coward

 The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits 
— Albert Einstein


A Collect for all Saints Day

Almighty God, who hast knit together thine elect
in one communion and fellowship
in the mystical body of Your Son, Christ our Lord:
Give us grace so to follow Your blessed saints
in all virtuous and godly living,that we may come
to those ineffable joys that thou hast prepared for those
who unfeignedly love thee; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord,
who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth,
one God, in glory everlasting. Amen


Prayer for the Peace of the world

Almighty God,

from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed:

kindle, we pray, in the hearts of all, the true love of peace

and guide with your pure and peaceable wisdom

those who take counsel for the nations of the earth

that in tranquillity your kingdom may go forward,

till the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.




All Souls Day

There is a Eucharist at 10.15am at St Thomas for All Souls Day; if you wish to have a name remembered please bring it with you written on a piece of paper.


St Martin of Tours..Feast Day 11th November..

The Feast of Martin, a soldier who fought bravely and faithfully in the service of an earthly sovereign, and then enlisted in the service of Christ, is also the day of the Armistice which marked the end of the First World War. On it we remember those who have risked or lost their lives in what they perceived as the pursuit of justice and peace.


Lord God of hosts, who didst clothe thy servant Martin the soldier With the spirit of sacrifice, and didst set him as a bishop in thy Church to be a defender of the faith: Give us grace to follow in his holy steps, that at the last we may be found clothed with righteousness in the dwellings of peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Almighty God our Heavenly Father, guide the nations of the world Into the way of justice and truth, and establish among them that peace which is the fruit of righteousness, that they may become the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Martin is of course the Patron Saint of the Church Lads Brigade…an organization that flourished for many years at St James…A banner depicting St Martin, which was presented to the Brigade in 1921 to honour those members who lost their lives in the First World War, is kept at Westminster Abbey.


“I saw old Autumn in the misty morn

Stand shadow less like silence, listening

To silence.”

–       Thomas Hood, Ode: Autumn, 1821

 In Flanders Fields       

Colonel John McRae

 “In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below

We are the dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved, and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.”




Choir,Organ and Music



Sunday 17th November..6.30pm at St James..the Joint Choirs of St James and St Thomas together with readers from both churches put on a Time of Remembrance.. with suitable choral music and with poetry taken from the First and Second World Wars and from modern-day conflicts including the the Afghan War….please come and spend some time remembering.



Jesse Tree Eucharist

On this Sunday we commemorate the concept that Jesus sprang from the Root of Jesse and hang on the Jesse Tree symbols of the Creation..the Fall…The Prophets,,,The Old Testament…and Jesus Birth right through to his Death and Glorious Resurrection…come and join in.


November Comes

And November goes,

With the last red berries

And the first white snows.


With night coming early,

And dawn coming late,

And ice in the bucket

And frost by the gate.


The fires burn

And the kettles sing,

And earth sinks to rest

Until next spring.


Clyde Watson


Rationing in World War Two…a Time Remembered

Food rationing was begun in January 1940. Before the outbreak of war the government had imported and stored a large amount of food, but this would only last so long and the end of the war was not in sight.

Everyone was issued with a food ration card and had to register to buy their food from specific shops. The shop was then issued with the relevant amount of food for the number of registered customers. However, as food was in short supply the shops often did not receive enough for all their customers. News that a delivery had arrived at the shop spread fast and long queues soon formed as everyone was keen to get their share before it was all sold.

The Typical rations per person per week were:

    Meat: approx. 6 ounces (150g)

    Eggs: 1

    Fats (butter, margarine and lard): 4 ounces (100g)

    Cheese: 4 ounces (100g)

    Bacon: 4 ounces (100g) initially only 2 ounces (50g)

    Sugar: 8 ounces (200g) initially 12 ounces (300g)

    Tea: 2 ounces (50g)

    Sweets: 2 ounces (50g)

Young children and expectant mothers were allowed extra rations, including orange juice and cod liver oil to ensure that they received the correct vitamins.

The foods which were not rationed were in very short supply. So in December 1941 a points scheme was introduced to control the sale of other types of food. This was to ensure that everyone had the chance to buy the food when it was in stock, SPAM was almost always available and became the main meat for many families; ingenious recipes were invented to use what was available.


clicWe support CLIC Sargent the former  Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for Children

CLIC Sargent will be one of six charities to benefit from ITV’s Text Santa fundraising campaign this December, supporting our work with children and young people with cancer, and their families.

The charity joins Age UK, Banardo’s, BeatBullying, British Heart Foundation and Help the Hospices as the charities to benefit from ITV’s flagship Christmas appeal.

CLIC Sargent’s Director of Fundraising, Lucy Caldicott, said: “Everyone at CLIC Sargent is delighted we’re going to be working with ITV on Text Santa this year. The money we raise together will make a big difference to children and young people with cancer, and their families, and we hope the awareness it creates of the challenges they face will mean more people become long term supporters of the charity and help us increase the vital support we can offer young cancer patients and their families.”

Text Santa, ITV’s annual charity fundraiser, is an entertainment extravaganza, which will air on prime-time TV in December, with a range of fundraising and awareness raising activity in the run-up to the show. 

The appeal, which last year raised in total £5.5m, asks people to donate money to benefit the six charities, mainly via text donation or by buying Text Santa merchandise that is on sale through various high street partners. 

The money raised for CLIC Sargent will help us fund our core work providing practical and emotional support to children and young people with cancer and their families. And it will also enable us to create, develop and manage a new, fully interactive online community for three years to connect isolated young cancer survivors.



Emma, five, who is a twin, was diagnosed with a kidney tumour in 2011. Her Mum, Marie, discovered a lump on her stomach and took her to the doctor. She was sent for an ultrasound and it was discovered that the Wilm’s tumour had spread to her lungs.

Emma had surgery to remove the tumour and her kidney. Her two older siblings and her twin Amber were very concerned about her and the family were put under stress by travelling to the Royal Marsden, for her daily chemotherapy, a 100 mile round-trip from their home in Kent. They received a CLIC Sargent grant which helped with the travel and other expenses, and benefits advice.

Emma’s mother Marie is a full time carer for her disabled husband and really appreciated the support of the CLIC Sargent Social Worker. “It was really encouraging to know that someone was there to fill us in on all the information we needed and to provide help and support along the way,” she said.

“She introduced us to finding support groups and even organised for a dietician to visit Emma regarding dietary requirements.  She really thought of everything when we were in a position where all we could think about was Emma’s treatment.  We know we can contact her anytime we need to.”

Emma has one more course of chemotherapy due to end in April next year, and she is doing well. “Overall, CLIC Sargent has been enormously supportive to us at such a terrifying time,” said Marie



 Next year is the 100th anniversary of  World War 1 .  For this occasion Jacksons the kneeler suppliers have produced some appropriate new designs.  Anyone interested see Kaye Ridings.



Fill a shoebox with stationery, toiletries, childens gifts etc for Christmas for underprivileged children throughout the world.
There are boxes in the Hall for filling. Last year we sent over 75 boxes between the two Churches.
Help us to make some children happy this Christmas         
Single item are also gratefuly received.


Savoury Winter Stew with a special topping

  • 500g braising steaks, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 2 tbsp plain flour, with some pepper and salt to season
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely sliced
  • 450g carrots, cut into chunks
  • 2 large parsnips, cut the same way
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tbsp sundried or regular tomato paste
  • 300ml red wine
  • 450ml vegetable stock


For the top

  • 230g plain flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 150g cheddar, coarsely grated
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 150ml milk

Heat oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2.

mix the beef in seasoned flour. Heat the oil in a large flameproof casserole. Fry the beef until browned all over – then remove and set  one oneside.

 Add 2 tbsp water and the onion to the pan, stir well over a medium heat, scraping the bottom of the pan. Lower the heat and fry gently for and 12 mins, stirring every now and then until the onions are soft

Tip in the carrots, parsnips and bay leaf, then fry for 3 mins more. Take the beef and put in into the pan, stir in the tomato paste, wine, and stock, then bring to the boil. Cover and cook in the oven for 2 hrs until the meat is tender…or you can slow cook it for much longer

For the topping, sieve the flour and baking powder into a bowl and add half the cheese. Mix olive oil and milk, then stir into the flour until the dough is soft and somewhat sticky . Add more milk, if necessary. Spoon the dough over the meat and vegetables, sprinkle with the remaining cheese and bake for about 15 mins until golden, risen and cooked through


Serve with some mash to take up the gravy…and perhaps a nice glass of Red Wine.


I couldn’t repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.


Do you have trouble making up your mind? Well, yes or no?


Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don’t have film.


A consultant is someone who takes a subject you understand and makes it sound confusing.


Everyone makes mistakes. The trick is to make mistakes when nobody is looking.


A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you are in deep water.


Marriage is very much like a violin; after the sweet music is over the strings are attached.


Last night I lay in bed looking up at the stars in the sky and I thought to myself, where the heck is the ceiling?


You have the capacity to learn from your mistakes. You will learn a lot today




Harry Patch was the last surviving soldier of the 14-18 War I recently read his story

 These are some quotes from Harry Patch’s autobiography’ the Last Fighting Tommy’

On surviving war- whilst at the cemetery at Flanders, overlooking the graves of dead soldiers:

1. “ Any one of them could have been me. Millions of men came to fight in this war and I find it incredible that I am the only one left.

Harry Patch On War:

2. “Too many died. War isn’t worth one life”

3. “ Its the calculated and condoned slaughter of human beings”.

4. “We came across a lad from A company. He was ripped open from his shoulder to his waist by shrapnel and lying in a pool of blood. When we got to him, he said: ‘Shoot me’. He was beyond human help and, before we could draw a revolver, he was dead. And the final word he uttered was ‘Mother.’ I remember that lad in particular. It’s an image that has haunted me all my life, seared into my mind.”

5. “…if any man tells you he went over the top and he wasn’t scared, he’s a damn liar.”

6. “All those young lives lost in a war which ended across a table. Where’s the sense in that?”

7. “War is organised murder and nothing else….politicians who took us to war should have been given the guns and told to settle their differences themselves, instead of organising nothing better than legalised mass murder”


Lord Jesus,
you experienced in person
torture and death
as a prisoner of conscience.
You were beaten and flogged
and sentenced to an agonizing death
though you had done no wrong.                                  
Be now with prisoners of conscience                               
throughout the world.
Be with them in their fear and loneliness,
in the agony of physical and mental torture,
and in the face of execution and death.
Stretch out your hands in power
to break their chains.
Be merciful to the oppressor and the torturer,
and place a new heart within them.
Forgive all injustice in our lives,
and transform us to be
instruments of your peace,
for by your wounds we are healed.

Amnesty International, Prayers for Peace.




Unusual Quiz

1) How long did the Hundred Years’ War last?
2) Which country makes Panama hats?
3) From which animal do we get cat gut?
4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution?
5) What is a camel’s hair brush made of?

6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal?
7) What was King George VI’s first name?
8) What colour is a purple finch?
9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from?
10) What is the colour of the black box in a commercial aircraft?


1)116 years….2) Ecuador….3) Sheep and Horses…..4)November…5)Squirrel fur
6)Dogs….7)Albert…. 8)Crimson….(9) New Zealand.0..10) Orange






Madinat is a modern village complex made to look like an old Arab souk. It incorporates hotels,(the Burj al Arab the beautiful 7* hotel shaped like a sail is here) shops, coffee houses and restaurants. Wondering through the labyrinth of alley ways taking in the numerous small boutiques, coming across open door ways that lead outside to traders and their colourful wares and finding small hidden gardens it is a wonderful experience.  I was spending my last day in Dubai with my daughter Sandra who now lives and works out there and coffee was the next stop. Whilst Sandra went to get it I proceeded out side to the amphitheatre and imagine my surprise when I found it all decorated in knitting and crochet! A group of ladies calling themselves “The Urban Knitters” had covered all the fence panels, wrapped the hand rails, hung flowers from lamp posts, decorated a palm tree, covered the boat stanchions with crochet hats! The awning on one of the boats was covered on the inside and outside and the best of all was the single Decker bus they had covered. Amazing. So much work. Unfortunately I was leaving very early the next morning so did not get the chance to go and meet theses very clever ladies, but, on returning home showed the photos to my craft group at Haslingden Library and from that we have been making flowers and leaves which at the present time are decorating the windows of the library. For the street fair we also “Yarn Bombed” the two benches outside one of which was in memory of Sophie Lancaster. They looked so good. We are now busy making more flowers and leaves so we can turn the library in 2014 into an EnchantedForest. Can you knit or crochet? Help us, just go into the library and pick up a ball of wool together with a pattern and get cracking.




St James MU MU

14th November    Christmas Meditation:

28th .. Hope for Justice


Names for the Christmas lunch which is December 19th and not 12th to Adrienne or Liz please with  £10 deposit ASAP

 Any contributions ect for the Christmas fair November 23rd MU cake stall will be very welcome



Friends are like jewels, precious and rare

Loved and respected and treated with care

Friends reveal facets in good times and strife

Compassion, strength, humour fashioned from life

Friends sparkle like diamonds, or quitely glow

Their love and compassion on us bestow

Friendships a jewel of priceless design

Strong as a rock and constant as time…………. Kathryn L Garrod


Worry`s like a rocking chair

It doesn`t get you anywhere

Put your feet down on the ground

Walk about and look around

Don`t just sit there – up and do

Don`t let worry worry you



Classic Puns

The portrait artist made extra money as a census taker.  He was good at canvassing people.

Even covered in salad dressing my salad looked bare, so I put dome cloves on it.

Did you hear about these new reversible jackets?  I’m excited to see how they turn out.

I used to be a watch maker.  It was a great job and I made my own hours.

I finally got rid of that nasty electrical charge I’ve been carrying.  I’m ex-static.

My tennis opponent was not happy with my serve.  He kept returning it.


An Amazing Epitaph

The Reverend Isaac Place was inducted into the living of St James in 1716 aged 29 years.  He had married Sarah Holden, a daughter of Thomas Holden of Tode (Todd) Hall.  (Thomas Holden had donated many items of the Church Plate).

Isaac and Sarah had at least eight children, some of them dying in infancy.

Reverend Place died in 1739 and is buried in the church yard at St James.  His gravestone is engraved with a skull and crossbones and has a long Latin inscription.  A translation is given below:

Dear Reader, Here lie interred the remains of the Reverend Isaac Place of Haslingden, a man much and widely liked and having few or no enemies.  He was truly lovable and beloved for his high sense of justice, tempered with gentleness, his universal urbanity and bounteousness to the poor.  Everyone who knew him was quick to recognise in him the tender and true friend and genial companion.  He departed this life AD 1739 in the 52nd year of his age.  S. Place erected this monument in memory of a wedded life’s mutual constancy and love.

(Information supplied by Alec Taylor)



The Hannah Mary Ormerod Window


This window is the second from the front on the north side of the nave.  It is next to that of Helen (Ellen) Rawstron who was the grandmother of Hannah Mary Ormerod.

Helen (Ellen) Livesey had married Henry Ormerod, a factory owner, in 1835 and had two sons, John Livesey and Thomas Livesey Ormerod. (She was later to marry Thomas Rawstron (Rostron) and hence become Ellen Rawstron).

Thomas and John Livesey Ormerod ran Laneside Sizing Mill and Snig Hole Mill, which was a woollen weaving mill powered by water.  They installed a small engine to aid the wheel and renamed the mill, Holme Vale Mill.  In 1864 they purchased Clough End Mill.

The window was given by Hannah’s father, Thomas Livesey Ormerod. The inscription reads “Damsel I say unto thee arise.”  “She is not dead but only sleepeth”.

The story is described in the gospels of both Mark and Luke.  Jesus arrived at the house of Jairus, whose daughter had just died.  There was great confusion and loud crying and wailing.  He entered the house and said, “She is not dead but sleepeth”.  He then said “Damsel, I say unto thee arise”.  The child got up and walked around to the amazement of all the onlookers.

Why not take a moment to look at this beautiful window?


Sylvia and Hylton Craig


Quotation for November

“So dull and dark are the November days,

The lazy mist high up the evening curled,

And now the morn hides in smoke and haze,

The place we occupy seems all the world.”

-John Clare, “November”



One Sunday morning, on leaving church, I discovered that there had been quite a heavy snow fall.  Footprints in the new snow prompted me to write the poem below.


In the Distance


In the distance the snow looked deep,

A robin sang itself to sleep,

The waning sun sent a warming glow,

Reflecting patterns in the snow.


Church bells rang out their merry chimes,

Recapturing the olden times,

Beckoning windows have a warming glow,

With holly and with mistletoe.


Smoke drifts lazily way up high,

As if it’s trying to reach the sky,

Footsteps stretch across the snow,

As if they had some place to go.


As I transgress to homeward bound,

I pause to stand and gaze around,

At this peaceful scene I felt entranced,

So quiet and humble in the distance.

Edith Smith



Men’s Forum


In September Michael Jackson visited us again.  He spoke about some famous Lancastrians and gave a detailed account of their lives.  Of particular interest were the following people.  Wallace Hartley of Colne who was the bandleader on the Titanic.  Kathleen Ferrier of Higher Walton, a world –famous contralto.  Henry Tate of Chorley, a sugar merchant and philanthropist who paid for the Tate Gallery in London and made many other charitable donations.  James Hargreaves of Oswaldtwistle who invented the Spinning Jenny.  Richard Arkwright of Preston who invented the Water Frame and created the modern factory system at his mill in Cromford, Derbyshire.  Samuel Crompton of Bolton, who combined the features of the Spinning Jenny with the Water Frame to create the Spinning Mule. Michael is a very entertaining and knowledgeable speaker and we always enjoy his talks.


At the October meeting we spent a nostalgic afternoon with Garth Dawson (ex-photographer for local newspapers).  Garth gave us a slide show from the 1950’s up to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee visit to Accrington last year.  Many of the pictures were of events at St James, including Concerts, Walking Days and Rose Queens.  We thanked Garth for keeping this unique record.


Future Meetings

13th November   Amendments in the Building Industry.  Dave Oldham

27th November   St James Organ.  Adrian Van der Schans

11th December   Coffee/wine and mince pies

Hylton Craig



Elaine (Brown)would like to thank everyone for their prayers, kind wishes, cards and visits during the time she wasn’t very well.  She is glad to say that she is feeling much better.

We are hoping for another good day and once again to have a visit from Father Christmas  so come and bring your children and grandchildren .
Supporting the Fair is a pleasant way to support the Church. We are planning all the usual stalls for the Fair and any donation of gifts will be gratefully received ie gifts of tombola & raffle prizes, jewellery, bric-a-brac, home made etc.
As usual the CAFE will be open from Tuesday 19th to Saurday 23rd Nov. 10.30am to 1.30pm
A wide selection of delicious food on the menu each day.
We look forward to seeing you there.

United Reform Church
 The URC are holding a Coffee morning with stalls on Saturday 16th November from 10.30am to 12 noon in our Community Hall.  Please come and support them
Window decoration for Christmas
Please would all the organizations decorate a window in the theme of a Christmas Carol as in previous years…..Please give your idea to Margaret Heald so that there isn’t any duplication


The Parish Priest and Wardens met with the representative of the local council to discuss the state of the Churchyard which has been looking dreadful all summer.

The new plan is to strim the lot down and then to designate certain areas as ‘wild’ and plant meadow flowers in patches here and there for the benefit of the the birds and bees….you may have noticed a lot of Bumble Bees this summer they seem to love the wild flowers!

We have found that the church also owns the piece of land at the front by the road where the notice board is and where we lit the Christmas Tree last year.

The plan now is to get someone to maintain that by strimming it ,clearing the grass and mowing it on a regular basis.

We are going to keep three strimmers and one mower in good order sao that when we need to we can tidy up when there is a special occasion.

We have also been awarded in a national ‘offer’ some trees to plant in the Churchyard and the plan is to seek advice from Rossendale on where best to plant then and how and then to involve children from the school in putting them in and caring for them.

There has been a government White Paper about stewarding open spaces and caring for the environment and so we are joining with Rossendale in bringing this about so that we hope the Churchyard will be friendly to plants and creatures whilst looking okay.

Whilst writing this I must say a big ‘THANK YOU’ to Darren who ,Sunday by Sunday, arrives in the Churchyard in the early morning and clears up all sorts of rubbish.



This gravestone in Pennsylvania is a wise tip for consumers and inventors!!!!


Here lies R F Danforth

Who was fatally burned on March 21, 1870

by the explosion of a lamp filled with “R.E. Danforth’s

Non-Explosive Burning Fluid”