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 +====== There is always hope .... ======
 +**The Rector’s Page** \\ 
 +As the rain lashed against my office window, I found this little poem by E E Cummings (1894-1962) and then noticed a snowdrop, blooming through the mud ….There is always hope...\\ ​
 +//i am a little church(no great cathedral)\\ ​
 +far from the splendor and squalor of hurrying cities\\  ​
 +-i do not worry if briefer days grow briefest,​\\ ​
 +i am not sorry when sun and rain make april\\ ​
 +my life is the life of the reaper and the sower;​\\ ​
 +my prayers are prayers of earth'​s own clumsily striving\\ ​
 +(finding and losing and laughing and crying)children\\ ​
 +whose any sadness or joy is my grief or my gladness\\ ​
 +around me surges a miracle of unceasing\\ ​
 +birth and glory and death and resurrection:​\\ ​
 +over my sleeping self float flaming symbols\\ ​
 +of hope,and i wake to a perfect patience of mountains\\ ​
 +i am a little church(far from the frantic\\ ​
 +world with its rapture and anguish)at peace with nature\\ ​
 +-i do not worry if longer nights grow longest;​\\ ​
 +i am not sorry when silence becomes singing\\ ​
 +winter by spring,i lift my diminutive spire to\\ 
 +merciful Him Whose only now is forever:​\\ ​
 +standing erect in the deathless truth of His presence\\ ​
 +(welcoming humbly His light and proudly His darkness)\\ ​
 +**A Delicate Issue**..... ​   … I hope you will be patient with me as I try to explain it.  Over the Christmas period there were two cases where people who live alone needed help from their “next of kin (NOK)”, but the first people involved didn't know how to contact them, saving that they lived some distance from the village. ​ As it happened we managed to find both persons'​ NOK and everything was fine, but there was a delay and this might have been serious.  ​
 +In all our villages we are very good at looking after each other – or respecting the privacy of those who wish to live privately; I know of very many good neighbours, in every village. ​  For those who live by themselves, in case of an emergency, I just wondered if it would help to have a little card with next of kin details, pinned somewhere obvious, so that those who came to help first, knew how to let them know quickly and easily. Just a thought. ​        
 +**An easy way to help** ... Can I draw your attention to the note elsewhere in this Web edition, about Dowlish Wake Playing Fields and Kingstone Church raising money by a monthly re-cycling paper collection. ​  This is a very worthwhile scheme, raises money for two very good causes, and it is so easy for us to support. ​  ​PLEASE read the article and see if you can help.         
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