the Nepal earthquake crisis …the Horsleys and the Raymers

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The Nepal earthquake crisis has personally touched two families in our congregation – the Horsleys and the Raymers

Claire, the daughter of Audrey and Ted, lived and worked in Kathmandu 13 years ago and recalls having to do earthquake drills with her kindergarten class. At home the family had earthquake kits to hand, metal boxes full of supplies, shovels, water purifying tablets, canned food, a little stove and blankets.

She has been in touch with friends out in Nepal and they are safe. Their former home help and her family have no power, very little food left, are too scared to return indoors and have spent nights under a makeshift tent.

Expats Patti and Michael who have lived there for 20 years, told Claire they are safe but badly shaken. “I was upstairs on the top floor when the quake hit us. Michael downstairs was shouting to get out of the house but I couldn’t get down the stairs as I was thrown everywhere, bouncing back and forwards from walls. We couldn’t get through the front door as we fell, it was easier to crawl out”.

Paul and Pat, who recently visited two orphanages in West Bengal in the foothills of the Himalayas, received news from a young couple, Bradley and Shweta, they became good friends with a Dr Graham Homes, near Darjeeling, where they both grew up. Shweta is from Nepal and her family have survived and are having to sleep on the ground floor so that in case of a tremor they can easily evacuate.There is a shortage of food and water.

Some of her extended family have had casualties and the ancestral home in the village has been destroyed. The after- shocks have created cracks in a number of the De Graham Homes buildings which are more than 100 miles away from Kathmandu.

The plea from all who have contacted the Horsleys and the Raymers is “please continue to pray for us”.

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Marston Green 50+

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This group will be indulging in a Cheese and Wine evening presented by Roger and Trevor Underwood in the Elmdon Lounge on Monday, May 11 at 7.30pm.


No meeting on May 24, but on June 8 the popular Beer and Skittles evening will be held at The Rose, Baxterley. The cost £12 including supper.


The outing this year is to Bristol to visit the SS Great Britain on Monday, July 27. For more details ring Pauline Griffith on 779 3588

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Our Folk – Dorothy Hart, Jean Whitacre and Charles Avern

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Dorothy Hart who died on February 27, exactly 20 years to the day her husband, Bert, died, in 1995, lived in  Chelmsley Lane for 55 years. She and Bert  will be remembered cycling around the village together many years ago.

Dorothy made many friends in and around the village and was always willing to help at activities and with charity work for Acorns and Air Ambulance. She loved the time spent at St Peter’s church Bickenhill and coffee mornings at St Leonard’s.

Barbara and Brian Longstaff thank Pauline Griffiths who conducted the funeral service on March 11 at Woodlands Crematorium and to the Rev. Duncan Ballard from St Peter’s who read the prayers.  They also thank those who attended the funeral and the many people who sent their condolences and gave donations to charity.
The funeral took place at Woodlands on April 7 of Jean Whitaker  who with her husband, David,  had lived in Elmdon Lane for most of their married life. Jean was a member of Evergreens, 50+ and Ladies Fellowship. She also enjoyed the Wednesday morning services at St. Leonard’s. She leaves a son  Ian  and grandsons Mark and Lee.

The funeral of  Charles Avern, who for many years ran a car workshop behind the Co-op in Holly Lane ,  took  place  on April 13 at Yardley Crematorium. Charles and his wife Pat had moved into the new houses in Martin Rise 50 years ago.  He had been in the Royal

Navy and met Pat who was a WREN. The Royal Naval Association (Birmingham branch) provided standard bearers at the funeral.  Condolences to Michael and Carole and all the family.


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Congratulations Lorna Want

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Congratulations to Lorna Want, sister of James Want, a member of St Leonard’s, who has won an Olivier Award for best actress in a supporting role in Beautiful, a Carol King musical which is currently on at the Aldwych Theatre, London.

Lorna, a former pupil of Heart of England School, Balsall Common, where she grew up, made her West End debut aged 15 in Romeo & Juliet the musical and has since appeared in numerous stage and television productions.

She has twice performed here in the Parish Hall giving of her time for charitable purposes. The citation for her award reads: “blending perfect comic timing with an endearing warmth and stunning voice, Lorna Want soars as American musical icon Cynthia Weil.”

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Around the Green

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St Leonard’s Rambling Club members are going on a trip to Trentham Gardens, Stoke-on-Trent  on Saturday, June 6. The cost is £12 and to book a place contact Sue Smith (779 3276).


The Lions are organising a ‘Charity Race Night with a difference’  on Friday, May 15 at the Banbury Club, Bosworth Drive, Chelmsley Wood (opposite ASDA).  Tickets will be £5 and proceeds  are in aid of the ‘Homeless’ and Marston Green & District Lions Charitable Trust.  If any businesses would like to sponsor a race please contact Simon. Tickets are also available from Simon 07792 047 546 or webmaster@    Should your group / school / charity or organisation wish to run A Race Night with a difference, the Lions are able to offer a team to provide this activity. Ring Simon to discuss your requirements .

A total of £137.96 was raised on the Easter Raffle day at ASDA. Many thanks to everyone who stopped and put money in our collecting bucket and / or had a go in our ‘ Easter Raffle’.

We continue to collect unwanted spectacles (and hearing aids) collecting bins are located at Marston Green Library and Chelmsley Wood Specsavers.  Items may also be handed in to Chelmsley Wood Library and Customer Services at ASDA in Chelmsley Wood.  Please note we do not require spectacle cases.

The Lions are setting up a Leo Club, for young people who want to serve the community but are not old enough to join Lions.  The Club is currently based at CTC Kingshurst Academy, but is looking to re-locate, meetings will start at 7pm and the dates will depend on the new venue.  Membership is open to all young people from the local area.





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What’s on at the Library in May

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West Midlands Fire Service Heritage Display

Commencing Saturday May 9 until Saturday May 30 as part of Solihull Commemoration’s of the Great War, we shall be hosting a small display from the West Midland Fire Service Heritage Group. The display looks at both Birmingham Firemen who joined his Majesty’s forces and the effects this had on the Brigade. A member of the Heritage Group will have access to The Commonwealth War Graves website, A Birmingham War Memorial Database and a Role of Honour.  If you would like help to locate family members who served in the armed forces during the First World War please contact the library to book a free 1 hour session with the volunteer on the following dates that are available: Saturday  May  9 10.00am-12.00 noon; Monday May  18 2.00pm-4.00pm; Saturday  May  30  10.00am-12.00 noon.

First Steps in Family History for Beginners Course

On Thursday  June 11  10.30am-12.30pm, we are offering an introduction to our First Steps in Family History for beginners making the most of Ancestry and Find My Past.  Due to popular demand we have only one place remaining. Please contact the library to book your place. The cost payable on the day is £12.00.

Solihull Striders & Strollers

Meeting on Monday May 4, 10.15am for a 10.30am departure – please note: Marston Green Library will be closed but the group will be meeting outside front of Library. Next meeting for May is 18th.  The free walks in Marston Green area are led by a trained volunteer.  No need to book, just turn up. Tea and coffee will be available afterwards. All age groups are welcome. Walks last up to an hour.  The routes are mostly flat, even and accessible to all participants regardless of physical ability.  The walks are suitable for everyone but if you are unsure, please come along and find out more details. The volunteer will be available to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Volunteers Wanted!

Could you be a volunteer for our Record Breakers Summer Reading Challenge 2015? Would you like to help encourage children to read by listening to them talking about the books they have read? The closing date for applications is Saturday 13th June at 1.00pm. Please contact the library for more information.

Computer Course

Would you like to get online, search the Internet and send emails? Or just find out how to switch on a computer? Perhaps you’d like to improve your knowledge and skills. We are offering one-to-one lessons with a volunteer starting at a very basic level or at a starting point to suit you. Perfect if you have no prior computing experience!  They are 1 hour sessions @ £7.00 and are usually up to maximum 6 sessions, plus a free pre-course consultation. Free use of library computer available or bring in your own device i.e. laptop, iPad etc. Please contact the library if you would like more information.

Mental Health Awareness Week

On Thursday  May 14 from 10.00am until 3.00pm we will be hosting a drop in Health Advice Surgery.  There will be a Health Trainer from the YOU+ shop available to offer free blood pressure tests, weight and BMI advice.

Also during this week we will be having a pre-school ‘dental-themed’ story-time on Monday May 11 at 2.30pm.

Storytime for under 5s

Every Monday 2.30pm-3.00pm

Half an hour of stories, rhymes, songs and colouring.  No need to book.

Councillors Advice Surgery

Drop in service for advice and information.  No Councillors surgery for May.

Marston Green Police Beat Surgery

Drop in service for advice and information on local issues. Next surgery Thursday May 7 4.00pm-5.00pm.

Knit, Stitch & Natter

Next meetings will be Wednesday May 13 and Saturday  May  30 10.00am – 12.00am. Everyone is welcome.

Reading Café

Next meeting will be Thursday May  28 10.30am to 12.00pm.  The theme this month is ‘Imaginary Worlds’. Have a chat over coffee (or tea) about authors’ books or anything else. Free to attend. Everyone is welcome.

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Diary for May

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May at St Leonard’s

4          Monday         10.00am    Coffee Morning, 17 Chelmsley Lane

6          Wednesday   10.30am    Mid-week Service

11        Monday         10.00am    Pilgrim Course

12        Tuesday         12.30pm    Parish Lunch

14        Thursday                Ascension Day

10.30am    Communion

16        Saturday         10.00am    MAY MARKET

18        Monday          10.00am     Pilgrim Course

2.30pm     Ladies Fellowship-the Role of the Hospital Chaplain, talk by David Harrison

20        Wednesday    10.30am    Mid-week Service

7.00 pm     Missions Committee

27         Wednesday   10.30am    Mid-week Service


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