Thanks once again to Bob Durston for this latest newsletter from the charity WaterHarvest (formerly known as Wells for India). It includes the Spring 2018 edition of the WaterHarvest magazine, which may be downloaded. This is a most informative magazine which includes "Where we work and what we do" in the form of a map, a description of the Chauka system and how it works, and even a recipe for 'Paneer in Spicy Tomato Sauce'.
We have Helen Stewart to thank for this recipe. As it happens, I was fortunate enough to try a slice of the courgette cake Helen had made for the Women's World Day of Prayer, and - trust me - it is very good! (It's all part of an editor's work...)
Some readers will recall Anne Davie's fascinating article "A Brief History of Lace Making" of just over a year ago - and any who do not are highly recommended to read it!
Anne has been busy again, this time with a four-month project which has resulted in the beautifully intricate altar cloth lace border which was used at St. Pius for the first time this Easter.
Perhaps we shall persuade Anne - after she has recovered from her labours of course - to tell us a little more about how her latest creation came to be.
A large team of flower arrangers was in the church on Holy Saturday, working with great skill on the magnificent array of floral arrangements which would welcome us to the Easter celebrations. Our thanks are due to Jan Morris and her dedicated team.
Last December George Cranstone announced his decision to cease the monthly Sunday rambles which he had begun in 1977. He cited dwindling numbers of walkers, from 50 in 1977 to only three to five, including the leader, in recent times. George also made clear his intention to continue with the annual Weekend Rambles which he also organises.
George looks back in this article at the 40 years of Sunday rambles, with some personal recollections. Perhaps it will encourage others with their own memories to contribute those too.