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In this Issue!
Alan's Blog
My Story Bill White
Eco News
Parkfield House and Edith aged 101!
Hillingdon Histories
'Welcome to 'The Online Link'!

Wow! I was so encouraged to see so many of you for our first ever 'Zoom' interactive live service last Sunday.

As it was a new experiment using lots of technology, I felt like Lenny Henry when he opened 'The Big Night In' and said "Anything could happen, or nothing at all!"

Well, it worked, warts and all! Thank you for the positive feedback, and also the one or two pointers so we can improve things. It was great to have the Fullard family join us from Troon in Scotland and Chris & Judy in voice (not video) from Cornwall. (They have now uncovered their camera and can be seen on video and It was great to see them this morning for our Wednesday morning 10am get together.) Unfortunately, for the Sunday service I thought I was muted and sang over Paul when he was leading our worship songs! Thanks for not getting your ear muffs out! I also muted people in the break-out rooms without realising! What fun! Seriously, though, it was really special to be able to take some 'bread' and 'wine' together to remember Christ's sacrifice and his cleansing for each one of us. We look forward to seeing you this Sunday. The link is below.

Do look at the worship somgs/hymns to be found on our website in the 'Songs' tab. Also, watch out for news of what we are doing for the forthcoming VE celebrations!

'Zoom' Church Link: (Give it a go, this Sunday from 10.15am. Service starts 10.30am)!

Technical help available, don't be shy to be in contact if you have tried and have had a problem

Pray your boots off!
My Story Bill White
I was born on 14 April 1930 in University College Hospital. I lived with my parents and older brother in Paddington. I went to St Peter’s school from the age of 3 till 9, when I was moved to Essendine Road School so I would be evacuated with my Brother. This happened on the 1st Sept 1939. We were sent to a place called Abbots Langley where we were separated and went to different homes. This was a very difficult time for me.

I eventually returned home in early 1943. I left school at Easter 1944 to start work as an Electrician’s mate. I joined the ATC in 1946, and was conscripted into the RAF In1948, I was demobbed in 1950.
I met my future wife Linda in 1953 and was married on New Year’s Day 1955 at St Anselm’s Hayes. We were blessed with two daughters, and now have 3 grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren.

We started going to church at St Nicholas church Hayes in 1962. I was Church Warden there for 18 years. It was while we were there that we went on a “Life in the Spirit” course at Holy Trinity Hounslow. This had a transforming affect on me.
In 1978 I felt a call to the ordained ministry. My Vicar supported this and so the selection process started. I eventually saw the Bishop who decided that I wasn’t capable of studying theology.
It was then I enrolled in a three year distant study course at St John’s Nottingham, studying for a Certificate of Christian Studies. This I passed with very good marks.
I went back to the Bishop who then sent me to a selection conference, but I still wasn’t accepted.

It was at this time in 1983 that I was made redundant from my job as Project Engineering Manager at United Biscuits, because the factory was closing down.
Then I started work as area administrator for the Luis Palau Mission to London. This involved getting Churches in West London to support the Mission on Hounslow Heath. After the area mission finished, I was asked to take the roll of Coordinator for the NW area of London which reached as far as Watford and Stevenage. When the mission was over, I stated work as a manager for a YTS scheme in West Drayton. When the Government withdrew the funding, I went to work at a Christian Drug, Rehab at Yeldall Manor in Reading. It was while I was there, I was approached by the Chairman of a charity for single young homeless men who offered me the position of Project Manager. which I accepted and I stayed until I retired in 1964.

After a while I was looking for something to do. I volunteered at the hospital as a lay chaplain. After a while I completed an Anglican course for chaplains and was commissioned by the Bishop. It was not long after that the Lead Chaplain asked if I had ever thought about ordination. I told him my story, next he arranged an interview with the ArchDeacon, this led to an indepth meeting with Bishop Pete, who then told me to mark Dec. 8th 2002 in my Diary. Later I received a letter telling me I would be ordained Deacon at Acton Parish Church, and I would serve my title as curate at St John’s, but minister at Hillingdon Hospital. After 3 Years I went to St Laurence Cowley as curate until 2011 when the Bishop suggested I retire because of my-age and take things easier. He gave me permission to officiate in the area.
It was then I came back to being a regular worshipper at St John’s.

In 2011 I was appointed as Chaplain to 1083 Uxbridge Squadron ATC until I finally retired in 2014 aged 84.
Bill White
Reading for Sunday 3rd May
Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples

John 21:1-14

1 After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, ‘I am going fishing.’ They said to him, ‘We will go with you.’ They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, ‘Children, you have no fish, have you?’ They answered him, ‘No.’ He said to them, ‘Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.’ So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord!’ When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the lake. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off.

When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.’ 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’ Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ because they knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

For Specific People

Pray for Lynn and Kevin at this time following the loss of Lynn's Dad. Please also pray for Lynn's Mum, brother and extended family.

Please pray for Winnie, one of our Brunel students who lives in Hong Kong, as she is working on an assignment and also needs to study for exams. Pray for her concentration as it is so easy to be distracted during these times.

Please can you pray for the family of Tashan Daniel. The trial at The Old Bailey was due on 1st April and due to Coronavirus it can't be held. The family are really struggling during lockdown without him.

Please pray for the residents and staff of Parkfield House and Sunrise Cardiff, and all our front line key worker, especially those from our church family.

A prayer for the world
God of love and hope, you made the world and care for all creation,
but the world feels strange right now.
The news is full of stories about Coronavirus.
Some people are worried that they might get ill.
Others are anxious for their family and friends.
Be with them and help them to find peace.
We pray for the doctors and nurses and scientists, and all who are working to discover the right medicines to help those who are ill.
Thank you that even in these anxious times, you are with us.
Help us to put our trust in you and keep us safe. Amen.

Eco News for our new way of living
Including nature notes and garden tips 

Discovering Wild Flowers on a local ramble
Coney Green,via footpath to Ashdown Road, along Vine Lane to Hillingdon Court Park.
Some of the plants you may discover - Bluebell,Buttercup,Cuckoo Pint,Comfrey,
Daisy,Goosegrass,Greater Celandine, Herb Robert,Jack-by-the-hedge,Lesser Celandine, Nettle,Pellitory-of-the-wall, Red Dead Nettle, Shepherd’s Purse,White Dead Nettle.
More info and seeds can be found at wildflower,co,uk.
 Also The Rural Activities Garden Centre has compost 
and plants for sale. Email at
to order.I ordered some plants and they were delivered the next day.
                                                                                            Christine Rodrigues
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St John’s involvement with Parkfield House goes back to when George Pinnell was our curate and he would periodically take services and make visits there. A small team grew up to support that, including Brenda Thomas and Diana Iller. As with most situations connected with church, I’m not quite sure exactly when or how I initially became involved, perhaps I was invited to help out on a one off occasion which grew into the flourishing relationship we’ve established with our friends at Parkfield House today.

Brenda and I take a considerable amount of care and time in planning our regular services and we have a wonderful team of supporters who accompany us to join in the worship and chat to the residents and staff. So thank you to Jacky, Irene, Diana, Linda, Moira and Kate who are all so appreciated by Brenda and I and indeed everyone at Parkfield House.

Our small ministry has slowly grown to now enable us to provide regular services throughout the year, linked to the passing seasons and church festivals. Last year saw us leading a remembrance service for the first time as well as a summer celebration, with services to mark Christmas, Easter and Harvest taking us to 5 established patterns of meeting. Our services are informal in tone with some great nostalgic reflections by Brenda of past memories and opportunities to share stories. We have plenty of well known hymns that we sing along to courtesy to the wonders of YouTube and my son’s bluetooth speaker!

After the service we chat with staff and residents and there is also an opportunity to give communion and pray with any residents in their own rooms. That is in fact how we had the privilege to meet Edith last christmas, a lady of such immense faith and grace that it shone out of her. I know that those of us who met her were very moved by the encounter.

Parkfield House is a wonderful place,it has a joyful atmosphere and the loving care shown by the staff to their residents is immediately obvious for all to see. Even their magnificent chickens, housed in the garden in a rather splendid home of their own, are happy and contented enough to provide everyone with fresh eggs!
So a big thank you to everyone at Parkfield House who allows us to come and worship with you and always makes us so very welcome. These are difficult times for you all and you are kept very much in our thoughts and prayers. We can’t wait to be back amongst you for a service of celebration and thanksgiving when these strange days too will form part of our memories.

 Caroline Reed

From Edith
Who would have though that someone like me would live to see a century?
I am now one year over that special day and being one left of a family gone before me no one would see that the child (me) born in poverty has ended up here in the house gentry.
Keep safe and keep smiling 😊
Written by Edith Pratt a resident at Parkfield House, aged 101 years young.

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One very hot day recently, ­­Brian and I decided to take our daily exercise in the evening rather than in the heat of the day. We walked down Court Drive from Vine Lane, then did a perimeter walk of Court Park which meant that we had several different views of Hillingdon Court (now the American Community School). Court Park was once part of the estate of Hillingdon Court, in other words, Lord Hillingdon’s back garden. The sunset was magnificent casting an orangey glow on the stonework of the mansion and for some strange reason, I felt like I was seeing it for the first time, although I have walked past it hundreds, if not thousands of times.
When I got home after our evening stroll, I decided to investigate this lovely building. (pictured above) In the book  “Hillingdon Village” by Ken Pearce, I discovered that it was built in 1855 by a banker, Charles Mills ( 1792-1872) on the site of 2 older properties. Over the years the estate was enlarged by purchasing neighbouring farms and other property with the estate eventually totalling 3185 acres. After the second Lord Hillingdon’s death in 1919 the entire estate was sold and hundreds of homes were built in what became known as North Hillingdon.
The Mills family tomb is on the northside of the churchyard near the boundary with Coney Green, an area which has had a big tidy up over the last couple of years. Above you can see before and after photos (thankyou Mark Hamlin) and you can see the pink granite of the Mills tomb in the foreground. It has a gap between the granite and the stone surround and we have recently sown some wild flower seeds there. Hopefully we will be rewarded with some lovely wild flowers in the summer, a fitting memorial for a family that made a big impact in Hillingdon all those years ago.

My grateful thanks go to local historian Ken Pearce who has kindly given permission to use photos from his book. Ken has recently given some local history talks for Uxbridge FM. These are available to watch on the Old Uxonians Facebook page or UxbridgeFM website.                                                            Christine Bartlett
Help Needed for Aston House Care Home
Aston House are in urgent need of toiletries: Soap, Shower gel and shampoo. Many residents at Aston House relied on visitors to provide them with toiletries they are now running low on stock the staff are trying to help, but due to shifts and stock shortages they are struggling. Can anyone from St John’s who lives nearby help. They are asking for people to just ring the bell and drop off the donations on the doorstep.

The home is near Hayes Police station address:
26 Angel Lane Hayes UB3 2QX.
If you are able to help please email Nikki.

Message of Thanks
Thank you to Caroline and Christine for your generous donations of toiletries that you purchased and delivered to Parkfield House Nursing Home and Aston House Care Home. The staff and residents were very grateful for the much needed items.

We have put in a grant application for £20, 000 so that we can stabilise the cupola and carry out important works on it. The cupola is the wooden structure on the top of the church tower. Special thanks to Rick (Warden) for all the hard work he has put into this. We'll let you know how the application goes.
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