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Extracts from recent bulletins, produced by Claire Costello

April 2019 Bulletin


April 2019 Bulletin - continued...


April 2019 Bulletin - continued...

Reflections from the Retiring Chaplains the Revd. Sandy & John Railton.

“We had got to know and love the College and its community when we were still in full-time parochial ministry because Froxfield was part of the Whitton Benefice for which we were responsible and, when the Chaplain was away or otherwise indisposed, we were happy to stand in for him and take the occasional service in the Chapel. So when, after a couple of years, we were asked to consider taking over as joint Chaplains, we felt that this was a clear God-given ‘calling’ as part of our on-going ministry in retirement. It hardly needs saying that we have found it a privilege to serve the College community for the last eight-and-a-half years as your Chaplains.

We are especially grateful for the unstinting help of the faithful Chapel members in preparing the Chapel for services, for their encouragement and support and, above all, for their care, understanding, and love.

“We will keep you all in our prayers and, if called on to do so, we’ll be happy to come back and take the occasional service from time to time!”

Ann Massey will be taking over from John and Sandy and we welcome Ann to the College.

Kate from Kintbury

We have been lucky to have a visiting hairstylist – Kate - who has been setting up her mobile hairdressing shop, every Wednesday, since 2008. We wondered where the years have gone! It seems like a long time ago, Kate mused, when she joined Kevin d’Bretts in Newbury as a trainee hairdresser. Two years later Kate was working in her own salon with a staff of four. She met and married Peter and gave up the salon on the birth of her second son and started working from her home of twenty-four years. Sadly, she and her husband have divorced and Kate works very hard to provide for her family.

What does Kate like to do when she is isn’t cutting hair at the College or Audley Retirement village in Inglewood? “I enjoy baking, gardening, walking the dog and going off for the weekend with my folding camper.”

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Tel: 07989 153088 or just pop in to the Boardroom on Wednesday.

Time doesn’t stand still at the College, although outwardly it looks very much as it did when it first became known as ‘the College’ around 1728; what does change are the residents, who have found a home within its walls, and come and go. The Steward Laurie, Trustee Jo, together with Emma who organised a wonderful tea in the Boardroom to welcome our newest residents. One of them, Anne, who took part in ‘Battle’s Over’ (Remembrance November 2018), played the bagpipes and it was very special. Thank you Anne and thank you Laurie et al for an enjoyable social event.

Contemplating Trees – 4,350 to be planted in the field behind the College to create an English woodland. The Trustees have developed a visionary plan to integrate the field with the College and to provide to the residents and the environment an area of beauty, wild life, and tranquillity. If you are not aware of this project, there is more information on the notice board. The Trustees are seeking the residents’ ideas. Check the information in 24, and pass on your thoughts to Emma or Laurie and influence the outcome.

Thank you to Pat, who is tending to the pots at the back of the Chapel. The spring flowers look beautiful, and brighten up the grey.

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