Rector’s Holiday Arrangements
The Douglas Clergy will cover pastoral emergencies from 29th July until 24th August. Telephone 021-4891539.
11th August Holy Communion St John’s and St Mary’s : The Rt Revd Michael Mayes
18th August Morning Prayer, St John’s and St Mary’s : Ms Helen Burke
Wednesday Services in St Mary’s
7th August Holy Communion : The Revd Tony Murphy
14th August Holy Communion : The Revd Edwin Hunter
21st August Holy Communion : The Revd Tony Murphy
Please note that during July and August the Parish Office will only be open on Wednesday and Friday mornings between 9:15 & 12:15.
OPEN GARDEN in CURRABINNY
In aid of Cystic Fibrosis, Southern Branch, John and Eithne Howard are holding an open garden and plant sale at Cutting, Seamount, Currabinny. P43 CP02 (between Novartis and GSK) on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August 12-4 pm (weather permitting) Plant sale. teas/coffees. All proceeds to the Cystic Fibrosis charity. Enquiries to 086 0759704
29th July—24th August Rector on vacation,
Douglas Clergy covering pastoral emergencies
7th August Holy Communion 10:30am St Mary’s Church
August No Littlies + 1
15th Sept No morning services in St John’s & St Mary’s as we will be attending the 11:15 Service in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral
5th Oct Harvest Supper 7:30pm Canon McCrea Hall
13th Nov Faith in Action Information Evening 7:30pm Parish Hall
Random Notes CCCXI
SIR NICHOLAS WINTON
This photo was taken on the platform of Maidenhead Railway Station in early July. Seán is seated with a statue of Sir Nicholas Winton. Why he has a statue there is an uplifting story.
In 1938, Sir Nicholas, a stockbroker, was about to head on a skiing holiday. He was persuaded at the last minute by a friend to travel to Prague. Two months earlier, Hitler’s forces had invaded the Sudetenland and the situation for Jews in Czechoslovakia was becoming increasingly perilous. Unlike other countries, there was no provision there for evacuating Jews, many of whom were already living in refugee camps.
Sir Nicholas began to record a list of children’s names and then tried to organise other countries to receive those children as refugees. Great Britain was the only country to respond; by this time, most other nations had closed their borders to Jews. The first “Winton Train” departed Prague on March 14th 1938, a day before German troops entered the country.
Sir Nicholas was obliged to return to the UK after three weeks, but two other volunteers, Trevor Chadwick and Doreen Warriner, remained to organise more trains. Back in Britain, Sir Nicholas raised financial and logistical support for eight more “Czech Kindertransport” trains. Eight trains successfully made the journey via Germany and the Netherlands to London. The 9th train, due to depart on September 1, 1939, never made it due to Hitler’s invasion of Poland. Most of the 250 children on that train eventually ended up in concentration camps.
669 children were successfully evacuated. Sir Nicholas Winton never spoke of his efforts until his wife unearthed some papers in the 1988. While he received a knighthood in 2013, and the Czech Order of the White Lion in 2014, he always maintained his work was a team effort. He actively disliked being referred to as the “British Schindler.”
Having lived most of his married life in Maidenhead, he died in 2015, on the 76th anniversary of one of his Winton Trains. The Maidenhead statue has a companion statue in Prague Railway Station.