It’s ok that you didn’t clean the house today, It’s ok that you didn’t run six miles, It’s ok that you don’t know how to make soufflé, Or that you’re not always full of smiles, Don’t worry that you haven’t learnt to crochet, Don’t worry if you feel a little blue, It’s ok to relax sometimes, Just do the things that make you, you. Take this time to re-evaluate, The things you really need, Enjoy the sun that’s right outside, Read that book you want to read, Chat to a neighbour that you’ve never met, Re-read your favourite bible verse, Make sure that you’re eating well, And just remember, it could be worse. Remember you are loved, Remember to be safe, Phone a friend, say a prayer, Remember to have faith.
I’ve recently had a major clearing out session at home. It’s amazing what I found lurking at the back of drawers and cupboards! No treasures for the Antiques Roadshow, but one odd find was a container full of teapot lids. Spring cleaning is a very healthy exercise in many ways, and not just because of the physical exertion involved. We need to get rid of things we no longer find useful, and sort out those which are still of benefit and value to us. Clearing space also allows us to acquire new things which make our homes more welcoming to ourselves and to others.
I realised I also needed to do a spiritual ‘spring cleaning’ and sort through some of the clutter in my life. Am I clinging on to attitudes, ideas, relationships which I really need to let go? Do I need more space in my life for other people, and for God? Do I need to explore new ideas and relationships in order to grow and move forwards? A spiritual ‘spring clean’ could help me see my priorities more clearly – what do I really value in life, which relationships are the most important and how is my relationship with God?
I was struck recently by Jesus’ words to Mary Magdalene in the garden, ‘Do not cling on to me.’ At the resurrection that temptation to hold on to Jesus must have been so strong for her and for all the disciples – but they had to let him go. Jesus’ promise to be with them always could only be fulfilled by his returning to his Father and sending the Holy Spirit as his living inner presence to his followers. So we need to learn when it is right to ‘let go’ of possessions and people, of attitudes and ideas, so that God’s good purpose in our lives might be fulfilled.
The Ven John Barton writes in praise of our health service.
“Save the NHS” was the slogan chosen by the British government when the coronavirus began to spread. Meant to evoke public compassion, and compliance with emergency regulations, it sounded as though the NHS was an endangered species. In fact it was the public themselves whose lives were in jeopardy; the National Health Service existed solely for their benefit. The slogan did manage to stir gratitude for a service which had been taken for granted, as well as appreciation of its 1.5+ million staff, many of whom were now putting their own lives at greater risk.
The idea for a countrywide medical service came from the Beveridge Report, instigated by the coalition government during World War II. “Medical treatment covering all requirements will be provided for all citizens by a national health service”, is how it was defined, though it had to wait until 1948 for its implementation to begin.
It was part of a programme for reconstruction, aiming to eliminate Want, Disease, Ignorance, Squalor and Idleness. Sir William Beveridge, who gave his name to the report, was close friends with two other social reformers: R H Tawney, and William Temple, who was to become Archbishop of Canterbury. Today’s Archbishop, Justin Welby, wrote this about the trio: “Drawing on Christian understandings of justice, generosity and human dignity, they described the kind of country that they felt reflected God’s values better.”
St Paul couldn’t have thought he was providing a slogan for a welfare state when he wrote, “Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfil the law of Christ”, but that is a neat summary of the way the National Health Service works. We all pay in when we can and we all benefit when we need.
One estimate of the cost of the NHS today is £158.4 billion, which in real terms is 10 times as much as in 1950. In the meantime, it’s no longer completely free for all. Prescription charges and dental fees have been introduced. The development of ever-more sophisticated life-saving drugs and medical procedures will inevitably mean higher costs – and a heightened moral dilemma. Must there be further limits to the provision of “medical treatment covering all requirements”?
The colossal task of rebuilding a shattered economy in the years to come may compel the British people to choose between what is essential and what is optional. The Christian principle now sounds particularly demanding: “Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfil the law of Christ”.
Liz and Stu have been busy this month by tackling one of our community problems – road safety. We have regularly used our Trucam speed enforcement gun at locations in the villages targeting 30mph roads. The recordings from these sessions are sent to our Central Ticket Office where the driver’s history is reviewed and a decision made on whether they are given a speed awareness course, a fine or points on their license. We have also used our ANPR camera systems to stop check vehicles showing no insurance or tax with a car being seized on the A50 Cranage last week.
There has been an appeal for information in the area due a series of incidents involving windows that have been smashed with a ball bearing, presumably from a catapult. All of these incidents have occurred between the hours of 23:00-06:00. The areas include Holmes Chapel, Brereton, Sandbach and Wheelock. These incidents are not only costly but, more importantly, very distressing to those who have been victim to it, many of whom are elderly. We are appealing for anyone with information or CCTV which they believe would be of interest, to call 101 quoting ref: IML720227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
As we cannot hold our usual weekly community meetings, we are also holding an online surgery on the Dane Valley Police Twitter and Facebook social media pages. These are held once a week and the dates are below:-
Thursday 2nd July 14:00-15:00
Thursday 9th July 09:00-10:00
Saturday 18th July 13:00-14:00
Thursday 23rd July 14:00-15:00
Thursday 30th July 09:00-10:00
If you are also interested in more of our activities and advice during this time then please follow us on social media where we are able to speak directly to you as members of our community about incidents and crimes we are finding in the area. Your local officers social media pages are ‘Dane Valley Police’ for Facebook and ‘@DaneValleyPol’ for our Twitter account. You can also contact us by e-mail at Crewe.LPU@Cheshire.pnn.police.uk
Once again, to each and every one of you that is helping us and your community to stay safe, thank you.
Liz Chesters – Police Community Support Officer Cheshire Constabulary Crewe Local Policing Unit, Civic Centre, Crewe, CW1 2DQ
Those of you who have been able to come into the village over the last few weeks will have noticed the decorations around most of the village centre – and especially around St Luke’s – to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
They were made and displayed by Anita Armitt, with help from Naomi Sumpter and Jayne Wiggett, to whom thanks are due for making our village look so colourful.
The following photos of some of the displays were taken by Anita Armitt.