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News & Views From

St Mary’s Church Ecclesfield



Church Magazine for

December 2012 & January 2013

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First Words…

Christmas - The Services for Christmas can be found in this magazine. You’re warmly invited to attend any, or all, of these. We have Services for children and families, a traditional Service of Lessons and Carols and Christmas Day Communion Services at both 8.30 am and 10.00 am.

Advent - Don’t forget to properly prepare for the coming of Jesus. Join us during Advent

2013 - Next year we’re going to introduce a few new elements into the life of our church. We’re introducing a Prayer and Praise evening (first gathering is on Sunday 27th January at 6.30 pm). We’re introducing some new Sunday afternoon services for children, young people and families. We’re looking to offer something for the men of our parish to complement the excellent work of the Mothers Union and the Ladies Group. We’re also looking at a support/social group for the younger people (20s/30s/40s) of our parish. More details next year!

Daniel Hartley

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The Collect for Christmas Day

Almighty God,

you have given us your only-begotten Son

to take our nature upon him

and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin:

grant that we, who have been born again

and made your children by adoption and grace,

may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Amen

Front Cover – St Mary’s – Remembrance Day 11/11/2012

Back Cover – Carols Around Christmas Tree Poster


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The Vicars’ Letter - Women Bishops

It will not surprise you to know that the recent vote in General Synod not to allow women bishops has led to a great deal of disappointment. This is a disappointment that I, along with many members of the Church here in Ecclesfield, undoubtedly share. I believe that the Church of England should allow women to be ordained as bishops. In fact I hold the belief that this piece of legislation should have been enacted 20 years ago when women were first allowed to be priests. It makes little theological sense to allow women to be priests without allowing them to be bishops. Although I was disappointed at the vote, I was not entirely surprised. Why? Well see below:



Synod

The Church of England is “governed” by the General Synod. The General Synod is made up of the clergy and laity who, in the main, are elected from individual Diocesan Synods. Bishops are not elected and sit in Synod as the “leaders” of the Church. Each Diocesan Synod is made up of clergy and laity who, again in the main, are elected from Deanery Synods. The synods are divided into two or three “houses”. There is the House of Clergy and the House of Laity, joined by the House of Bishops where bishops are members of a synod. Are you keeping up?

On important votes such as women bishops, all three houses need to reach a two thirds majority to pass the legislation. This did not happen at the recent vote – the House of Laity fell just a few votes short.

The reason that I am not entirely surprised about the result of the recent vote comes from a general unease that I have with the current workings of the synodical process. General Synod in particular seems to implicitly encourage division, partisanship and lobbying. The Church of Acts 15 (the Council of Jerusalem) is a Church where consensus is reached and in being reached it is seen as a mark of the Holy Spirit. There is no vote, just listening and the formation of a common mind. It is not until this common mind has been formed that the Church can move forward.

It is extremely difficult for General Synod to reach anything approximating to a common mind. However it is not impossible. This search must always begin with the question as to what it means to be the Church. It can then, and only then, move on to reflect theologically on the issue at hand. The Church of England produced a report, the Rochester Report, to enable General Synod to do just this: to reflect theologically on women bishops. However the level of debate that ensued could hardly be described as theological reflection. Theology was often replaced by the sharing of stories. The two are not the same and without theological reflection the Church of England will never find this elusive “common mind”.

Unity

Many voices are now encouraging the Church of England to deal swiftly with this issue, this “anomaly”. It is tempting to rewrite the rules or to look to Parliament for some sort of solution. To do so would not only be wrong but it would be indication that the Church of England is not fit for purpose. The Church of England does not require legislative tweaking, it requires a root and branch reflection on what it means to be the Church. It requires discipline from clergy and laity alike and the end to the spirit of division. If we bypass this process over women bishops then we will face it time and time again over every contentious issue. It will tear the Church apart.

So, if I may be so bold, a few practical suggestions for the local and national church:


  1. An immediate end to public ridiculing of our brother and sister Christians undertaken by some clergy in the media, both printed media and social media. I don’t agree with some of the groups and factions within the Church of England but Christ calls his body to be as one.



  1. The immediate coming together of the voices of division and the search for a common ecclesiology. Without a common understanding of the church there is no church



  1. Episcopal leadership. Let the bishops take their rightful place as leaders of the church. The Church is not a democracy it is a theocracy – it is ruled by God and it is our bishops who exercise this authority on earth. The synodical process allows this authority to be held accountable and so it should, but let us trust our bishops and in, doing so, trust God.

What has happened in these last weeks should be a wake-up call for the Church of England. Let us attend more deeply to the scriptures and the traditions of the Church. Let us seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the will of God. Let us be less concerned about how the world sees us and more concerned about how God sees us. The reality is that if we do not heed this wake-up call then we will sleep walk into deeper and deeper division and we all know what happens to a house divided!

Daniel Hartley





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Saints - St Nicholas – Patron saint of children - December 6

Father Christmas seems to be as old as Europe. Once he was Woden, lashing his rein-deer through the darkness of northern midwinter. Then he encountered the Church, and She transformed him into a saint, the much-loved Nicholas, Bishop of Myra (in south-west Turkey) in the fourth century. St Nicholas became the patron saint of children, and was given 6 December as his day.

Since the 6th century St Nicholas has been venerated in both East and West, though virtually nothing is known of his life. Some believe he may have been one of the fathers at the Council of Nicea (325), imprisoned during the Emperor Diocletian’s persecution.

According to legend, Nicholas was an extremely generous man. He revived three schoolboys murdered by an innkeeper in a tub of pickles. He rescued three young women from prostitution by giving their poverty-stricken father three bags of gold. (Hence the use of three gold balls as the pawnbroker’s signs.)

Over the centuries many, including children, sailors, unmarried girls, pawnbrokers and moneylenders have claimed him as their patron.

Perhaps it was on account of St Nicholas’ generosity that in recent centuries children began to write little notes sometime before the 6th December, to tell him about the toys they specially wanted. These notes were then left on the windowsill at night - or else on a ledge in the chimney.

But St Nicholas Day chanced to lie in the magnetic field of a much more potent festival... and after a while his activities were moved towards Christmas. Then in Bavaria the children still left their notes on the window sill, but they addressed them to Liebes Christkind - Krishkinkle as they knew him - and the saint’s part in the matter was simply to deliver the letters in heaven.

The most popular result of the cult of St Nicholas has been the institution of Santa Claus. He is based on Nicholas’ patronage of children and the custom in the Low Countries of giving presents on his feast. Santa Claus has reached his zenith in America, where the Dutch Protestants of New Amsterdam (New York) united to it Nordic folklore legends of a magician who both punished naughty children and rewarded good ones with presents.

The Bishops’ Letter - December 2012

This month Bishop Steven writes:

Come in love. Take your coat off. Sit down. Make yourself at home.

Those are lovely words to hear when someone opens the door, especially on a cold night. Visiting other people’s houses is less common than it used to be. But it’s still not that unusual to go to someone’s house for a meeting or a meal or a welcome.

And I always enjoy that moment when we are expecting visitors at home when the doorbell rings and we come and open the door and welcome someone in.

Advent is the time of year when we thinking about welcoming Christ into our world and into our lives. We prepare to celebrate Christmas and we remember the way the world looked forward to his birth. We remember the welcome he was given by the angels, the shepherds and the kings.

We look forward as well to the day when Christ will return as King to judge the living and the dead and the way we will welcome him at the end of the ages.

But I hope you will take time this month to think about all the ways in which we welcome the presence of the risen Christ in many different ways in our everyday living.

Acts 16 tells the story of a business woman called Lydia. Paul told her the good news about Jesus in a place called Philippi. Acts tells us that the Lord opened her heart to the words Paul brought. There was a way for Jesus to enter into her life and for Lydia to enter into the life of Jesus.

In Revelation 3, we see the risen Jesus knocking at the door of the Church in a place called Laodicaea. “Listen, I stand at the door and knock”, he says. “If anyone hears me knocking let them open the door and I will come in and eat with him and he will eat with me”.

It’s an invitation to friendship and fellowship: a warm welcome in this winter season.

Come in Lord. Take your coat off. Sit down. Make yourself at home.



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Thank you for the interest you have shown over the past months in the work concerning specific situations of persecution we have brought you, please continue to remember and pray for these Christians and their countries. This month we have decided to give an overview of how Open Doors as an aid agency started and has developed, these details may be new to some of you.

In 1955 a young Dutch missionary discovered that Christians behind the iron curtain desperately needed the word of God. Brother Andrew distributed a suitcase full of Christian literature to them, marking the beginnings of Open Doors. He became known as ‘Gods Smuggler’ after the title of his biography, now available in 27 languages. His one man operation quickly grew into a worldwide ministry.

The work of Open Doors broadened to taking Bibles into China, Vietnam and later Africa and the Muslim World, and organising training seminars and practical help for suffering Christians. Open Doors has gone where most Western Christians dare not go and has trained thousands of pastors and church leaders and provided spiritual and legal support for Christian prisoners, also providing economic relief for their families and the families of martyrs.

Open Doors have conducted Bible-based literacy classes and established discipleship training and vocational training in some of the most dangerous countries in the world.

Still travelling extensively, Brother Andrew feels passionately that the rapid spread of Islam could be by far the greatest challenge Open Doors have yet faced. Currently in his 80s, Brother Andrew and his wife, Corrie, live in Holland and have 5 children and 4 grandchildren.

Today Open Doors has many co- workers in over 50 high-risk countries. As persecution increases Open Doors will continue to go where faith costs the most, to equip and encourage Christians who are suffering for their faith.

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Editor’s note: Brother Andrew - Andrew van der Bijl - Born 11 May 1928 in Sint Pancras, the Netherlands, was the fourth of seven children to a poor, near deaf blacksmith and an invalid mother. His oldest brother, Bastian, was an autistic savant. Known in English-speaking countries as Brother Andrew, he is a Christian missionary famous for his exploits smuggling Bibles to communist countries in the height of the Cold War, a feat that has earned him the nickname "God's smuggler". Brother Andrew studied at the WEC (Worldwide Evangelisation for Christ) Missionary Training College in Glasgow, Scotland.

25th Sheffield (Ecclesfield) Scout Group 1912 – 2012

Hi and welcome to what you could call my annual review of 2012 for the Scout Group and what a year!

Our already busy Scouting calendar as of course been made that much more cramp packed full with 2012 being our Centenary year, and us celebrating 100 years of Scouting in Ecclesfield and how we with have celebrated!

We started the year having to complete the annual census with over 100 youngsters and adults on our books! The start of the year also began to see us wear our new centenary badge, proudly situated on the Group’s neckerchief. The design of which was a joint effort by all of the young members at the back end of 2011 and has the silhouette of St. Mary’s Church as part of the winning design.

This then our centenary year as seen us celebrate the Queens Jubilee, the Olympics (the Group was paid a recent visit by an Olympic torch at our centenary group sleepover – more later), the entire group having a joint camp at Silverwood camp site which included members from all 3 sections, beavers, cubs and scouts, because you know, our youngest members, the beavers are now allowed to camp under canvas – in a tent – for a night as part of their sleepover experience. Other celebrations included having the Church bells rung on our behalf and a very successful Open Day held at the Scout hut, where Scouters old and new came to look at the group’s history also taking the time to chat and renew old friendships!

Our last centenary celebration of the year saw us have one massive group sleepover with over 100 people, beavers, cubs, scouts, parents and guests attending a camp fire on the Friday evening, the camp fire being finished off with a prayer from Daniel. Badges and awards were presented with Parish Councillor David Pepper along with Steve Clayton, the District Commissioner in attendance, before the 100 plus were fed. (Think Loafs and Fishes but Sausage rolls and burgers instead) Guests and parents left to still leave a very large number of beavers, cubs and scouts to – eventually – get their heads down for a few hours sleep.

We still, I feel play an important part within the community, attending the Ecclesfield Gala in the park amongst other events and continuing to have links with the Revitalising Ecclesfield Park & Pavilion Group. This can also be seen in the village by when the Scouts completed their Community Challenge badge and Planters began to pop up around the Ecclesfield village.

We still continue to grow and develop and look to the future hoping to have disabled access, disabled toilets in the Scout hut along with outside storage for our increasing amount of numbers and equipment and of course for the group to be successful in the future we also need more adult support and leadership in order to deliver scouting to our youngsters.

Many thanks for your help and support.

Yours in Scouting,

Rob Kirk (Group Scout Leader)

25th Sheffield (Ecclesfield) -1912 - 2012

In the November edition of this magazine we published a photograph of the first Ecclesfield Scout Group taken in 1912. One hundred years later it is interesting to compare the Group as it is today. The photo on page 15 was taken in October when we had our last Centenary celebration of the year. A party, a campfire sing song, investitures, presentation of badges and awards, two huge cakes one of which was decorated with our new Centenary neckerchief badge (designed by the children) all this followed by a sleepover at the H.Q. where this photo was taken (there are approx. 50 more children in Ecclesfield Scout Group who were not available for this photo).



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I joined Beavers when I was six, I enjoyed it but I like Cubs more because we do more camping and I like camping. My favourite camp was Castleton last year when it was all about Aliens. It was meant to be scary but we weren’t scared because we knew it was the Leaders pretending. Last week we went on a journey to get our Outdoor Plus badge and we had to catch a bus from Morrison’s to Meadowhall then from Meadowhall to the City Centre by train, then a train to Chapeltown then a bus back to Ecclesfield. It rained a lot and we were soaked when we got back to the H.Q. but it was fun. Can’t wait to join Scouts. William K.

First I was a Beaver and I liked making Christmas Decorations. Now I am a Cub I like activities like doing tracking and following signs in the woods in Ecclesfield. My favourite camp was Synergise at Hesley Wood and we went round in threes to do the activities. The best ones were rifle shooting, archery and knocking other Cubs off a balancing beam with a pillow. I think being a Cub is great and I am looking forward to going up into Scouts when I’m old enough. Ben T.


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Sheffield Diocesan Synod - A View from within

I write this article not to add my voice to the continuing debate on Women Bishops, but to inform you of the response of Sheffield Diocesan Synod to the General Synod decision. I also want to express my admiration and gratitude for the wisdom and leadership of this Diocese under Bishop Steven and would add that there is hope for the future.

It was with a heavy heart that I attended Diocesan Synod on Saturday 24 November. The Synod was very subdued and reflective and there was a sense of deep disappointment from all present. The meeting opened with prayers for wisdom, unity and guidance.

The overwhelming feeling was that there were no winners and the biggest loser was the Church of England. Bishop Peter reported that a recent meeting with business leaders someone had said to him ‘If I wanted spiritual guidance I would not come to the Church of England.’

We were given an overview of the debate by the Dean of Sheffield Cathedral, The Very Reverend Peter Bradley. He expressed his disappointment that Bishop Steven had not been called to speak.

There then followed a series of questions and observations from the Synod. Gone was the vitriol and rhetoric which characterised some of the previous debates. There was a conciliatory air about all that was said. Some of the important issues raised included questions about how well the General Synod reflects the views of the majority, how it was felt there was a lack of trust between the opposing viewpoints, the way the decision was reported in the press and how this could perhaps have been better managed. It was felt that we as a Diocese should arrange that those ‘For’ and those ‘Against’ the Measure should get to together to find a way forward.

Bishop Steven then made his Presidential Address. He was very keen that this address was not just for the members of Synod but should be communicated to as widely as possible.

In the address he spoke about his deep sadness at the result and added that he felt it had damaged the standing of the Church of England in our nation. He paid tribute and gave thanks for the ministries of women priests within the Diocese and urged people to support and affirm those ministries over the coming days and weeks.

He then unpacked some of the theological issues at stake. It was good to be reminded of the scriptures on which the arguments in favour are based. He spoke about the equality of women and men before God using passages from Genesis, Galatians and Romans.

He followed this by an appeal to those feeling hurt and angry by the decision, to remember the story of Elijah after the great confrontation with the prophets of Baal. God spoke to him through ‘the still small voice of calm’. He said ‘What many of us need and what the whole Church needs in this moment is time apart, a long journey back to the source of our life and to hear again that living word, that call to us, to re-engage and move forward. My prayer is that many will hold fast and deepen not lessen their commitment to transformation.’

He then commented on those opposed to the measure reiterating that nobody won and nobody wants to be in this place and the road ahead is likely to be a hard one. He talked about those in the Diocese who are conservative, evangelical and those who are Anglo-Catholic; saying ‘You stand high in my affection and esteem as clergy and people. I will do my best to continue to work with you, to support you and to provide pastoral support.  I hope that our co-operation and our ways of working together will become closer locally as the debate continues nationally.’ He emphasized ‘However I am not a neutral voice in this debate. I remain as I have always been passionately committed to seeing women ordained as bishops in the Church of England.’

He then said the House of Bishops would be meeting at the beginning of December to scope possible way forward, but stated all sides acknowledge fresh thinking is needed.

He finished his address reflecting on the passage of the Samarian woman at the well with Jesus, which formed the basis of the Pastoral Address at the recent Roman Catholic Synod of Bishops in Rome which Bishop Steven recently attended:

‘It is the story of a woman.  A woman who is like many in our global, secularized society.  Her relationships are in chaos.  Her religious ideas are confused.  She is full of fear and suspicion.  Her inner world is in Pope Benedict’s profound image, a wilderness and a desert.  In every life there comes a moment when a woman or a man brings the emptiness of their life to the well, looking for water which quenches the deepest thirst, for the heart’s deepest desire. Jesus is stripped of everything in this encounter.  He has crossed over to Samaritan country. He has no disciples, no miracles to offer, no food, no bucket to draw water.   He asks for help and shares himself and draws this thirsty woman to the living, healing waters.  Her life is changed and so is the life of her community. Jesus is a model for his disciples here, to be sure.  In moments like this it will do us all good to leave the church politics behind and return to the simple tasks of going to where people are, serving them, sitting and listening and loving and healing.  I’m sure that many of you have been doing that this week as I have and finding life and reality there.’

The attitude of the Synod, the address by Bishop Steven gives me inspiration and hope for the future and I give thanks to God for that.

I would urge you to read or better still listen to the presidential address in full on the diocesan website. http://youtu.be/JLRJfqKIWDQ

Katharine Lonsborough

Diary for the Month of December 2012



Sunday 2nd




Advent Sunday




10.00 am

Parish Communion




12 noon

Baptism




6.30 pm

Evening Service

Monday 3rd

7.30 pm

PCC meet in Church

Wednesday 5th

10.30 am

Service at Eva Ratcliffe House




1.00 pm

MU in the Gatty Hall/ Christmas Party

Thursday 6th

9.30 am

Holy Communion




7.30 pm

Ladies’ Group in the Gatty Hall/ Coffee Eve.

Saturday 8th

10.00 am

Ecclesfield in Bloom / Christmas Fayre and







Coffee Morning










Sunday 9th




Second Sunday of Advent




8.30 am

Holy Communion




10.00 am

Parish Communion




2.00 pm

Christmas Crafts




6.00 pm

Carols around the Christmas Tree

Tuesday 11th

7.30 pm

Prayer Meeting in Church

Wednesday 12th

10.30 am

Service at Eva Ratcliffe House

Thursday 13th

9.30 am

Holy Communion




2.00 pm

Service at Hartwell House




7.30 pm

Ladies’ Group in the Gatty Hall / Carols and







Mince Pies










Sunday 16th




Third Sunday of Advent




10.00 am

Parish Communion




4.00 pm

Christingle

Monday 17th

6.30 pm

Carol Singing at the Northern General Hosp.

Thursday 20th

9.30 am

Holy Communion

Saturday 22nd

10,00 am

Carol Singing at the Co-op










Sunday 23rd




Fourth Sunday of Advent




8.30 am

Holy Communion




10.00 am

Parish Communion




6.30 pm

Evening Service

Monday 24th




Christmas Eve




4.00 pm

Crib Service




6.30 pm

Service of Lessons & Carols










Tuesday 25th




Christmas Day




8.30 am

Holy Communion




10.00 am

Parish Communion










Sunday 30th




First Sunday of Christmas




10.00 am

Parish Communion




6.30 pm

Evening Service

Diary for the Month of January 2013

Thursday 3rd

9.30 am

Holy Communion




7.30 pm

Fabric Committee










Sunday 6th




Epiphany




10.00 am

Parish Communion




6.30 pm

Evening Service

Monday 7th

7.30 pm

PCC

Thursday 10th

9.30 am

Holy Communion




2.00 pm

Service at Hartwell House




7.30 pm

Ladies’ Group










Sunday 13th




Epiphany 2 / Baptism of Christ




8.30 am

Holy Communion




10.00 am

Parish Communion




6.30 pm

Evening Service

Wednesday 16th

10.30 am

Service at Eva Ratcliffe House




12 noon

MU Lunch at Staindrop Lodge

Thursday 17th

9.30 am

Holy Communion




7.30 pm

Ladies’ Group










Sunday 20th




Epiphany 3




10.00 am

Parish Communion




6.30 pm

Evening Service

Monday 21st

7.30 pm

Mission Committee meet in Church

Wednesday 23rd

10.30 am

Service at Eva Ratcliffe House




7.30 pm

Fabric Committee Meeting

Thursday 24th

9.30 am

Holy Communion




7.30 pm

Ladies’ Group










Sunday 27th




Epiphany 4




8.30 am

Holy Communion




10.00 am

Parish Communion




6.30 pm

Evening Service

Monday 28th

7.30 pm

Ignation Prayer in Church

Wednesday 30th

10.30 am

Service at Eva Ratcliffe House

Thursday 31st

9.30 am

Holy Communion




7.30 pm

Ladies’ Group

From the Registers

Baptism

7th October Lewis James Mellor

7th October Mia Louise Siddall

7th October Tilly Violet Stocks

28th October Luke Fieldsend

28th October Shorna Marie Turton

28th October Ruby Tuesday Marie Turton

28th October Matilda Mae Turton

28th October Annabelle Louise Turton

4th November George David Thornhill

4th November Lottie Angel Fletcher

4th November Emmie Jane Varley



May they know the love of God in their life and may all things of the Spirit live and grow in them.

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29th August Jean Humberston 83

12th September Audrey Hague 87

17th September Ann Harthill 64

3rd October David Paul Emery 46

5th October Cyril Butterick 91

25th October Desmond Malone 89

29th October Margaret Ashmore 91

9th November Lily Wainwright 87

13th November Catherine Carr 87



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The Gardening Year December 2012 & January2013



Grapes – vines have been grown in this country successfully since the time of the Romans. The first are believed to have been planted only 70 years after Julius Caesar’s invasion in 55 B.C. Planning the Crop – choose a sheltered position for growing vines on a wall or fence, facing south, south west or south east. A south facing wall or fence is more favourable the extra warmth radiating from the wall or fence makes the grapes sweeter and better flavoured. Vines grow better in a sandy gravely soil that warms up quickly in the sun but they will succeed in any type of soil if the drainage is good. Drainage is vitally important. On heavy soils dig a trench 2ft. deep, then place a layer of rubble, broken bricks or clinker at the bottom of the trench. The deeper the trench and the greater the amount of rubble the better, because the roots of an established vine go deep and must never be allowed to become waterlogged.

How to Grow Grapes on a Wall or Fence - the simplest method or growing grapes on a wall or fence is to train them on a single cordon or rod. After planting choose the strongest leader to grow on as the rod and cut out the others to one bud. Tie the leader to a cane and secure the cane to the wires. During the following growing season pinch out all laterals growing from the cordon or rod. Repeat this sequence during the second year after planting. This training should produce a well-spurred cordon for providing a limited harvest in the third season. In the first cropping year allow only three or four bunches to a cordon, and take off all the other laterals. Thereafter allow only one bunch per lateral per foot run, which usually means that you will harvest a bunch from each lateral. Take off all laterals that have not got a tiny bunch of grapes on back to the main cordon. Stop all laterals with a tiny bunch of grapes on by pinching out two leaves after the bunch of grapes. As the bunch of grapes swell the lateral will send out sub-laterals, these must be taken off back to the main lateral. When preparing the hole for the vine dig in compost or farmyard manure, plus 4oz of general fertiliser. Once the vine is in full growth and the grapes have set, give a weekly liquid feed of tomato fertiliser or maxicrop. As the berries swell, thin them gradually over seven to ten days. Remove half the berries from the inside of the bunch, leaving more on the shoulders. When the grapes begin to show colour stop applications of liquid feed. Grapes are ready for harvesting when they change colour, when harvesting has finished, cut off all the laterals back to the cordon to just leave a bare rod ready for next years’ crop.

And finally I would like to wish every one of our readers and all at St Mary’s, a Merry Christmas and a Happy Gardening New Year. Colin Williams



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