Burneside Church & Community
Some readers will remember or be familiar with the words that precede the Intercessions
in the Book of Common Prayer’s Communion Service. For those who are not they go like this:
The reason I mention them is because it seems that the Bishops of the Church of England
have been rather militant of late. Beginning with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby,
who spoke out against the Payday Loan companies last year and put his backing behind Credit
Unions which he hoped would make such companies redundant. More recently 27 Bishops along
with other faith leaders have signed an open letter to David Cameron denouncing the
coalition’s Welfare Reforms claiming that the brutal cuts are causing a national crisis. The
tone of the letter is hard-hitting as the following extract reveals:
Such outspoken comments have rattle Mr. Cameron according to one leading Newspaper.
I appreciate that some people believe that religion and politics should be kept separate,
however, this might be wishful thinking on the part of politicians who find comments made by
faith leaders rather embarrassing. The Bible doesn’t know anything about such a division,
religion being seen as the conscience of a nation. In the Old testaments the prophets spoke
out repeated against corruption and injustice. In the New Testament, Jesus was also quick to
condemn abuses of power and hypocrisy whenever he came across them and in letter to the
early church written by James, one of Jesus’ disciples we read:
Religious faith is not an insurance policy for the after-life; it is something from which
actions should proceed, actions which demonstrate God’s love for the world. Our faith leaders
are being true to their convictions, rooted in the Bible and the tradition which state that it is
our duty to care for the poor and needy, the disadvantage, the stranger, orphan and widow.
How we treat such people reveals an awful lot about the kind of society our Government is
shaping – the Bishops aren’t happy with what they see and have had the courage to say
something about it and in my view should be applauded for their actions. Whether their words
will bear any fruit, well we will have to wait and see.
WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER 7 MARCH 2014
The Women’s World Day of Prayer is a Christian movement
involving women from all parts of the world taking place in the same
prayer service on the same day.
The Women’s World Day of Prayer service is held on the first
Friday of March each year. All are welcome to attend – men, women and children. The
selected country and its people becomes the focus of the world’s prayers on the day
itself. The first service of the day takes place on the Island of Samoa as dawn breaks.
The world is then circled in prayer for 36 hours and the service is celebrated in over
170 countries until the last one of this special day takes place on American Samoa.
At a church near you on March 7th, women and men will gather to celebrate using
a programme of worship offered this year by the women of Egypt. The local service will
be held at , Windermere Road, Kendal, from 2.00
p.m. Pupils from St. Thomas CofE primary school will take part together with
representatives from a number of Christian churches in the area and will be joined by
guest speaker the Ven. Penny Driver, Archdeacon of Westmorland and Furness.
The theme of this year’s service is ‘Streams in the Desert’ at which we will reflect
on the Christian role of being a ‘stream in the desert’ for those who experience
One of the oldest civilisations in the world, Egypt has long been home to Coptic
Christians. Since the uprising in 2011 there has been conflict between religious
groupings and therefore we pray with the women of Egypt for peace.
All are welcome to attend, men, women and people of all ages and from all
churches in the local area, as well as those who not affiliated to any particular church.
Burneside Church & Community
Parents will be familiar with two words that strike terror into their
hearts when utter by their children – “I’m bored!” Usually this comment signals
one of two responses, the first being an explosion of frustration voiced in these
“How can you be bored when you’ve got so many things to amuse you?!”
“I wish I had time to be bored!” or “We were never bored when we were young!”
The second an attempt by the parents is to find something for their
off-spring to do to appease them, either at home or by going out somewhere.
Boredom is most definitely a ‘boo’ word in common parlance.
Others take a different view. Dr Esther Priyadharshini, a senior
lecturer in education at the University of East Anglia, has studied boredom
and says it can be seen in a positive light. “We can’t avoid boredom – it’s an
inevitable human emotion. We have to accept it as legitimate and find ways it
can be harnessed. We all need downtime, away from the constant
bombardment of stimulation. There’s no need to be in a frenzy of activity at
all times,” she says, adding “We all need vacant time to mull things over.”
Another psychologist Dr. John Eastwood asserts: ” Boredom isn’t a
nice feeling, so we have an urge to eradicate it,” but this can be
counterproductive sometimes it, “drives people to destructive behaviours such
as gambling, overeating, alcohol and drug abuse.”
Often the church is accused of being dull and boring and in response to
this acquisition has tried to make going to church more stimulating. Services
have been modified, so that they are Family Friendly. Choruses have replaced
traditional hymns, with the organ being replaced by a music group. There is
Messy Church too, where families come together in the week to join in a variety
of activities together often ending in a shared meal. In all these and many
more ways the church has sort to push boredom away.
Yet there is also a tradition in the church of silence and quiet
contemplation which I am sure some would see as ‘very boring’. However in the
Bible, when people are in such a situation that is exactly when they encounter
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At the afternoon event held in the
summer, many people said they would like
to have a local lunch club similar to the
ones Age UK South Lakeland hold in other
areas across the South Lakes. The Carus
Green Golf Club was suggested as a
venue and I am happy to say we have now
managed to set this up with the golf club.
The monthly lunch club will include a main
course (two choices) and a desert (two
choices) followed by tea or coffee for
£10.50. It will be held the 3rd Monday of
each month, starting on Monday 17th
February, 2014 and to book a place
please contact Pat Borland, Burneside
Village Agent, Age UK South Lakeland on
God, not in a frenzy of activity but in the stillness away from constant stimuli.
Being still, having time to mull things over, and allowing our brains to idle is -
surprisingly – crucial for our well-being. It may appear that nothing is going on
and yet those who cultivate the discipline, this habit of quiet contemplation,
find that it may well draw them closer to God. So if Dr. Priyadharshini is to
be believed, being bored in church might not be a bad thing!
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Staveley Choral, in partnership with the drama department from Kendal College, will
be performing a theatrical /operatic production of Handel’s at 7. 30 p.m.
on the 5th April 2014 at The Lakes School, Windermere.
As everybody knows, is the dramatic story and commentary of Christ’s
life, death and resurrection. However, our performance aims to bring the drama of
Handel’s music to life by incorporating Staveley Choral, four operatic soloists and
actors with dramatic lighting, stage sets and technical support from Kendal College.
This unique operatic interpretation of will make you feel as if you are
walking into a rock concert with dramatic lighting and spectacular stage sets!
The performance will be directed by Hilary Pezet, Head of Drama at Kendal College
and the Musical Director will be Philip Burton Conductor of Staveley Choral.
Ticket prices: Adults £12 (to include and glass of wine)
Under 18s £6.
Ticket outlets: Staveley Chemist
Thomson, Hayton, Winkley, Estate Agents, Windermere
Hutton’s Chocolate Shop, Bowness
Members of the choir.
The next Parish Council meeting will be at The
when along with other matters the Council will discuss setting up an Advisory group of
Residents to discuss and act on Traffic Problems in the Parish.
Parish Council 14 January 2014
We welcome two new Parish Councillors: who is a leading member of the group
involved in the Neighbourhood Plan for Burneside and who takes a keen
interest in the management of traffic through the Parish, especially with regard to Hollins Lane.
had little of direct concern to Burneside, but residents were asked to keep a
lookout for any suspicious activity and to call 101 if there were any doubts. Mrs K. Robinson
had mentioned some recent problems at The Plantation area between Bowston and Burneside
and the PCSO agreed to give it attention.
included support for the Under 10’s when a request from Mr
R. Airey for equipment to help in coaching junior cricketers was granted.
request for help towards maintenance costs was approved, as was an application from the Bryce
St Strummers (ukulele Group) for a sound system, and continued support for the Youth Club
by assisting with their room costs. had supplied an information
board which was to be set up on the Millennium Green. The Council agreed to meet the costs
of this installation. The meeting went on to consider the setting of for the coming
year. There were many, and increasing, calls upon the budget for improving the life of the
parish: items such as , at the shop and Bonningate,
improvements on the approach road, and planning generally. To meet these demands
it was estimated that an increase in the region of 18% would be needed, ( which in actual money
terms isn’t much as the Parish Precept is so low to start with) but it was felt that we should try
to keep more in line with the announced rate of inflation which is somewhere between 2% and
5% depending which body you ask. A further complication this year is that the
has not yet announced its plans for capping Parish rates which leaves us with a bit
of a puzzle. A final decision is expected towards the end of February.
included news that the (ie: Kendal &
Burneside area) was now to meet only every six months. This had been poorly attended by
Kendal representatives in the past. The group reported that
a delegation to the Kendal Town Council (KTC)Planning sub-committee had received a very
negative reception. It became clear that in 2013 there had been a move by KTC to bring parts
of the Burneside Parish area into Kendal. This move was unknown to us at the time as there had
been no official communication. As it happened this claim was rejected.
In there were requests for specified pot-holes to be filled in, some footway
re-surfacing, and for improved signage. Reference was also made to the planned removal of one
from the Kendal Fire Station. This would be discussed more fully in the February
meeting, along with changes suggested at prompted by the latest
Health Service Review.