Thursday, 29 November 2012

Advent poetry

During Lent this year we followed a book of poems with commentary. We’ve decided to repeat this during Advent --- but with poems that we’ve found or that have been nominated by members of the congregation and friends. We’re starting on Advent Sunday – 2nd December. If you’d like to nominate a poem that has a special meaning for you then contact me – leave a comment with your e-mail address or just email me at

Sunday, 18 November 2012

REACH middle-eastern lunch

Great lunch today in aid of the Hope School in Bethlehem. The Reach youngsters were so professional and the food was great!

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Saturday, 17 November 2012

Inspirational Young Enterprise

The Young Enterprise team from the Chiltern Hills Academy made it to the BHS Christmas Fair today. On Tuesday at their weekly meeting they realised that the fair was only four days away and they really got their act together. Two members went down to the town and bought all the material they needed for their sweet bags. There was an intensive production session filling the bags with sweets, closing them with the gold ribbon they had bought, and making the labels. Deciding on the price was a little challenging but eventually they opted for £1: a reasonable profit but a price they thought would encourage customers to buy.

Another production session was held on Wednesday at lunchtime to ensure they had enough bags for the fair.

It was a real example of how having a clear objective to which they were all committed made a big difference, not only to the amount achieved but also to the enjoyment and sense of achievement of the team.

At the fair this morning, they were in high spirits: they had a table full of sweet bags and people were buying them. They were keen to tell me that they had ideas for the Victorian evening at Chesham and were planning to sell in school. They recognised that they would have to negotiate this.

Already this group has developed some skills which complement their school lessons and which will stand them in good stead whatever career they pursue!

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Telford bridges on the Birmingham Canals

We saw two wonderful  bridges on the BCN last week.

The Engine House Aqueduct, built in 1825

The Galton Bridge, built in 1829. At the time it was the highest bridge in the world. The span is 46 m (151 ft) – but Telford’s Menai Bridge was longer!

We also met a walker with a pet pig!

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Zone plus day 3

African Drumming and Calligraphy

Full set of pictures on the web site