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Not Dropping Out

In these interesting times it's currently not possible to have our monthly Drop-In in the Church Hall, and I'm sure those who have attended, regulars or otherwise, are missing the heady mix of home baked cakes, a nice mug of tea or coffee (or hot water!) and a lively conversation about the world in general and Long Eaton in particular.

BUT we're not giving up, we're not dropping out (!), either from our regular get-togethers or our parish community

Not everyone has access to, or is a fan of, Facebook, WhatsApp, etc but this way everyone can and is invited to join in. Whatever interests you might interest us, the latest piece of news, a brilliant recipe you’ve found and tried, doing something for the first time or asking advice about something. This was what our monthly Drop In used to be all about - connecting and sharing with each other.

I’m sure we could try to give it a go but it will only be successful if you join in. It doesn’t have to be paragraph after paragraph, unless you want to. It could be something you’ve seen elsewhere, something you’ve discovered, your new interest, how you keep your spirits up. It could also be a noticeboard for recommended suppliers, i.e shops delivering to people who are isolating or shielding. Maybe you could also give shoutouts to someone who has or is helping you. Basically the list is endless. 

To submit an item, just click on the 'New post' button a couple of rows down from here, type what you want and hit the Save that you'll see at the top right when you're typing

Remember WE ARE St Francis of Assisi and to quote Captain Tom Moore, now Sir Tom: “tomorrow the sun WILL shine."

Now in print format!  Here's Issue 1

Going to Mass during lockdown

posted 25 Jun 2020, 11:55 by Dave Boott

Submitted by Mary Bradford

Going to 10am Mass on a Sunday during Lockdown involves me getting my act together; no lingering over breakfast as I would if going to 11am at St Francis. So breakfast, wash, dress and head to the Study. 

“Don’t be late” says my husband “there will be no car parking space left”. 

One week he said “Aren’t you wearing your Sunday best?” Not sure what I was wearing that day, probably something casual as the Study can get rather warm - I have heard that some people wear their pyjamas at 7pm evening Mass – the children really enjoy that.

I have been attending 10am Mass at St Albans, Derby it has been great seeing the familiar faces of the readers (friends and youngsters I’ve taught) just as if I was among friends at St Francis. They’ve even had (virtual) Coffee and chat after Mass some Sundays. 

But I can’t wait until we can all be back together at St Francis – the study isn’t quite the same; sometimes there are too many distractions from the road outside. 

Looking forward to seeing you all soon

And just a thought - where have you been watching Mass during lockdown and what have you been wearing? :Let us know!!

Campover 2020 - Scouting in Lockdown

posted 24 Jun 2020, 14:23 by Dave Boott   [ updated 24 Jun 2020, 15:25 ]

Submitted by Mary Bradford

17th Long Eaton (St Francis) Scout Group

Although we can’t meet in the hall or go to camp, Scouting hasn’t stopped during lockdown. The Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers were invited to join in Campover 2020 – a virtual camp for Scouts and Guides in Derbyshire during May Bank Holiday. 19 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from the Group responded to the challenge, joining over 6,000 other young people from around the world.

They could sleep anywhere other than their bed for 1, 2 or 3 nights and take part in lots of Scouting activities.

A few slept in a tent in the garden or in the house, others made some super tents out of blankets etc and families joined in as well on their camp beds

One Scout even left their electronic device to join in!

The favourite activity was toasting marshmallows and there was plenty of cocoa drunk before bed. Scouts and Cubs cooked breakfast for their families. Fire lighting skills were learnt and bacon or sausage was cooked on the BBQ, some Beavers joined in this too.

Several of the young people went out on long walks to the park and beyond; there was den building and singing camp fire songs

Judging by the smiley faces on the photographs we were sent everyone had a great time.

I know that several Cubs have been out on their bikes so I shall be awarding lots of cyclist badges and Beavers, Cubs and Scouts have been working on other badges too

The Beavers Cubs and Scouts have also had the chance to take part in the Great Indoors – over 100 activities and anyone not just Beaver, Cubs and Scouts can do them as well. Just follow the link:

Looking forward to when we can meet again ……….


Peggy's Recipe for Scones with a Twist!

posted 15 Jun 2020, 03:40 by Dave Boott


450g self raising flour
110g margarine or butter
55g caster sugar
85g sultanas
300ml natural yoghurt

  • Rub butter into the flour
  • Add sugar and sultanas
  • Add yoghurt .
  • The mixture will be quite soft.
  • Roll out and cut into rounds about 1 inch thick .
  • Bake on a greased or lined tray for 20 to 25 minutes at 200° C / 400° F / gas 6 .

Serve with jam and cream and enjoy.

Peggy Langdon

On the Allotment - June 2020

posted 7 Jun 2020, 07:26 by Dave Boott

Submitted by Wilf Rainford
Despite social distancing measures we have managed to keep the allotment going and in good order. Normally we would have broad beans available now but the November sowing rotted in the ground due to the extremely wet winter and the second sowing struggled due to the driest spring on record and is now infected with black fly.

However it is not all bad news, new fruit trees are growing well and the soft fruit has also looking good. Polytunnel and greenhouses are planted with tomatoes, cucumber, melons, sweet peppers and the vine is looking better now we know how to prune it!

Raised beds are also planted out with lettuce, radish, onions, garlic and leaks. 14 rows of Charlotte potatoes and 3 rows of main crop potatoes are growing well. And other areas are planted with sweetcorn (with badger defences still to be built!) pumpkin, courgettes, squash, peas, runner beans, French beans and dwarf beans.

Produce should be available in the next few weeks, hopefully we will be back in church soon but if not we may leave produce in the church porch for collection. Look out for information in the parish bulletin.

Any suggestions regarding distribution of produce if we are still in lock down would be welcome.

Smile Time

posted 3 Jun 2020, 14:00 by Dave Boott

Submitted by Margaret Lyle

Tell a man there are 300 billion stars in the universe and he’ll believe you. Tell him a bench has wet paint on it and he’ll have to touch it to be sure.


Insanity is hereditary.  You get it from your children. 

                                           Sam Levenson

You know you’re getting old when you stoop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you’re down there. 

                                            George Burns

Children:  You spend the first 2 years of their life teaching them to walk and talk.

Then you spend the next 16 telling them to sit down and be quiet. 


A day without sunshine is like, you know, NIGHT!!!!

                                                 Steve Martin

Who would have thought!

posted 3 Jun 2020, 13:56 by Dave Boott

Submitted by Margaret Lyle

I don’t know about you but I’ve been struggling over the last few weeks to get herbs to plant in my garden.  Due to shielding I can’t go shopping for myself, so being rather clever (so I thought!), I decided to order living herbs with my supermarket delivery.   On the first occasion I received cut herbs in bags, and last week, when I tried to order again,  I received dried herbs in a jar!!!! Frustrating or what?  

With the herbs in a bag (which should not be refrigerated) I put them in a jug of water on the windowsill and harvested the leaves as I needed them. Seven days later some of the remaining leaves started to die and drop off so I decided to throw them away. 

Taking the bunch out of the water, much to my surprise, they had rooted!  I now have seedlings ready to plant out into the garden. This worked with basil and mint.

Give it a go. 

Do you have a gardening tips? Why not write

Garden Centre in Breaston

posted 28 May 2020, 07:49 by Dave Boott   [ updated 28 May 2020, 15:35 ]

We've recently discovered a lovely garden centre in Breaston, called Mill Hill Garden Centre, opposite the Navigation pub, on Risley Lane.

It doesn't have a car park (usually plenty of parking on the road outside), it may be small (only allows around 6 people at a time for social distancing) and easy to miss as you drive by, but it's got a huge range of plants (climbers, ground covering plants perennials and annuals), hanging baskets, tubs and planters in such a small space.

They are open every day from 10 am until 4pm and the staff are really helpful and friendly

They're expecting turf this Friday (29th) and had compost earlier in the week.

Peggy's Recipe for Banana Loaf

posted 28 May 2020, 07:34 by Dave Boott   [ updated 28 May 2020, 07:37 ]

100g butter

175g caster sugar
2 eggs
2 ripe bananas, mashed
225g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp milk

  • Take a 2lb loaf tin, grease tin and line it
  • Preheat oven to 180° C (Gas Mark 4)
  • Measure all ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat for 2 minutes until well blended
  • Spoon into tin and level surface
  • Bake for about 1 hour until risen and golden brown A skewer or thin knife inserted in the centre of the cake should come out clean.
  • Leave the cake to cool in the tin for a few minutes, then loosen and turn the cake out. Remove the lining paper and leave on a wire rack to cool completely.

Peggy Langdon

A Lockdown sonnet by David Goodhind

posted 27 May 2020, 08:56 by Dave Boott

David Goodhind has submitted this, a sonnet he wrote soon after the start of the lockdown

Confined to Barracks


I mark the calendar as time goes by,

Not to remind me of some future plan,

But to record the passing of the days

Of this self-isolation. Surely, I

Am not so lonely, bored or listless that

I need to while away the hours like this?

Of course, I don’t; there’s far too much to do.

But none the less I sometimes feel quite flat.

Why should this be?  I think it is because

I miss the friends I meet at church each day,

And have a reason to get up and dressed

So as to be in time to chat and pray.

It only needs officialdom to nod

And we shall be together soon, please God.     

Being a Catholic in Germany!

posted 27 May 2020, 08:48 by Dave Boott

I read in the Catholic Herald this week the headline "Record numbers leave Church in Munich archdiocese [in 2019]" and I wondered how they knew, and could be so sure. It turns out the 'system' in Germany is much different to here, as the later paragraph in the article makes clear:

"The [Catholic] Church in Germany is largely funded through a tax collected by the government. If an individual is registered as a Catholic then 8-9% of their income tax goes to the Church. The only way they can stop paying the tax is to make an official declaration renouncing their membership of the Church. They are then no longer allowed to receive the sacraments or a Catholic burial."

I'm not sure what to think of the differences between our two countries!

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