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St Dunstan’s

Monks Risborough, Buckinghamshire, England

St Dunstan's

Shopping for the Princes Risborough Food Cupboard – Week of 12 October 2020

Donations to St Mary’s Church Bell Tower, 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

Things we could do with more of:

Tins of fruit

Tins of rice pudding

Tins or jars of pasta sauce

Tins or jars of curry sauce

Packets of rice

Packets of biscuits

Used carrier bags (we recycle them)

Things we have plenty of, so don’t need any more at the moment:

Tins of baked beans

Tins of potatoes

Tins of mushy and marrowfat peas

Tins of tomato soup

Tins of soup (other than tomato)

Tins of tomatoes

Long-life dairy milk (UHT)

Jars of jam

Other things we normally need:

Tins of peas (garden, not mushy or marrowfat)

Tins of sweetcorn

Tins of other vegetables

Tins of kidney beans etc. (or similar pulses)

Tins of lentils (or similar pulses)

Tins of meat

Tins of fish

Meat pies (tins)

Packets of dried pasta

Tins or cartons of custard

Long life non-dairy milk

Packets of cereal

Packets of tea (preferably 80 bags)

Jars or packets of coffee

Fruit squash

Household cleaning products


Shower gel


Egg boxes (empty)


Thought for the week from Canon Rob: 18th October

The Breakfast programme on BBC 1 recently carried a report about the Royal British Legion and this year’s Poppy Appeal which is going ahead but, because of the pandemic, it will be different to normal, like so many things this year. Whatever form it takes though, we are all encouraged to support the Poppy Appeal as we have done in previous years. Donating on-line is available and pictures of the poppy will be able to go in our windows to join the rainbows!

November could be called the month of remembrance, when churches are often more full than usual with people who wish to remember their loves ones who have died. Typically, special Services take place on November 2nd (All Souls’ Day) but that will probably not be possible this November. However the local Rotary Club hold the Tree of Light Dedication Ceremony towards the end of next month for residents to remember their departed loved ones and hopefully that will be well supported. It is a sober month and this year, I imagine, it will be even more so. Hundreds of people have died of Covid-19, some without their relatives and friends being able to visit them and say goodbye. Remembering them will be more painful but equally as special and poignant.

Apparently one of the things that makes us human is our ability to remember. Other animals do: we are told as children that ‘elephants never forget.’ But remembering is vitally important, not just for our own sake but for the benefit of others and indeed the whole world. Time and again we are told never to forget the horrors of both World Wars. There was nothing honourable about them, no matter how they may be dressed up. Those who sacrificed their lives did so in the hope that there would be lasting peace and in western Europe there has been. But if we take that for granted and if we forget those horrors, who knows where that might lead us sometime in the future – especially once we have said a final farewell to our European partners!

Some dear friends recently bought me a book called “Wisdom of the Ancients: Life Lessons from our Distant Past” by Neil Oliver, who readers of this may remember as one of the presenters of the “Coast” television series. It certainly lives up to its title and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and was hooked from the start when, in the introduction setting out the reason for writing the book, Neil Oliver says, “Whatever happens, whatever the future holds, good or bad, we can try and remember something…...What we choose to remember is up to us – each of us as individuals as well as collectively as a civilisation.

For centuries, before writing became the norm, our ancestors developed the gift of amazing (to our standard) memories: stories were passed down by word of mouth from one generation to another; stories about the family, about the way life used to be, stories about the significant things which happened which affect the way life is still lived. Some would say that writing has played a part in reducing this gift of memory. If it is written down, we don’t have to remember. These shorter days and longer nights may be the very time of the year when we can write down our memories to pass on to our grandchildren so that our story is not forgotten. One of our grandchildren bought me a book for Christmas called “From you to me: a journal for a lifetime” and at the beginning it says that this is “the story of you and me that I will treasure for ever.” Memories of my life, with photographs, which our granddaughter can refer back to and remember.

We can learn lessons by remembering and sometimes that stops us from ‘going round in circles’ and making the same mistakes over and over again. Neil Oliver makes the case that it is when we forget that we stop learning. So it is important to learn from our ancestors – not least the lessons about caring for this world which we so easily take for granted and spoil. We know how important remembering is, perhaps only fully when we begin to lose our memories, when we need to write down a list of things to do as we know we can’t remember them or when we climb the stairs and wonder why we did so as we stand on the landing!

May God bless our remembering this late autumn!