John and Thomas got their shirts signed by their their class-mates on their last day at Fairfield Academy, Stapleford. We had a McDonalds meal in Chilwell and an impromptu concert at home before they went off to their weekly kick-boxing session at Round Hill School.
The end of an era.
The local church in Chilwell where, over 40 years, we have preached, attended meetings, staged Labour Party events and hosted a branch of the Nottingham Credit Union was finally demolished last week.
Which explanation fits best:
the site is better used for new starter homes
the fashion for ‘housing-estate ministry’ has had its day
the money is needed for charitable works in nearby Beeston
God moves in a mysterious way?
Answers on a postcard please to the Superintendent minister, or comment below.
If our extension project comes to fruition, our lovely cherry tree will have to go. We probably planted it too near the house anyway, and its roots will be close to the foundations. But it’s been a joy for thirty years.
We’ll have to call the annexe “Cherry Tree Cottage”.
Note added July 2016: the annexe proposal has fallen through, so the cherry tree has been spared!
I recently wrote to the Master of University College Oxford, congratulating him on his firm, clear and measured approach to the recent “Rhodes Must Fall” campaign that was demanding we rename our Rhodes Computing Room, donated years ago by Rhodes Scholars who had been members of the college [like a certain William Clinton].
I had called the campaign “political correctness gone mad”.
This was his reply today:
Thank you for writing to me with your thoughts about JCR’s motion to rename the Rhodes Computer Room and the wider issues about the academy that it raised.
I write to let you know that the Governing Body of the College has decided to keep the name of the Rhodes Computer Room unchanged. In taking this decision Governing Body was mindful of the original gift of its former Rhodes Scholars and the appropriate and proportionate way in which a scholarly institution should engage with its own history and with that of its community and nation.
With best wishes,
University College Oxford
David was still in reasonable form after his first 8 hours of aerobic exertion as he ran along the Embankment near Trent Bridge yesterday. He completed the OUTLAW triathalon course in the middle of his age-group.
Janet, as the Borough Councillor for Beeston West, attended an informal welcome for the very first passengers to alight at the new Beeston Bus/Tram interchange yesterday afternoon.
They were delegates at the 10th Annual UK Light Rail Conference meeting in Nottingham.
We are expecting the NET Phase 2 line to open to the public within a month or so, after a long wait and many delays.
Our Golden Wedding anniversary celebration was extended to co-incide with the church’s 113th anniversary yesterday.
We donated a cake to share after the morning service, and Janet led the evening service on an Ethiopian theme.
Janet helped persuade Broxtowe Council to name the road leading up the side of the church Wesley Avenue, as had been shown in the original drawings in 1902.
It might help persuade the church council not to abandon the Edwardian building for a new-build generic folk-chapel on a super-market site somewhere in Beeston.