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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.

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

Garden Centre in Breaston

posted by Dave Boott   [ updated ]

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 by Dave Boott   [ updated ]

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!

The idea emerges.......

posted 20 May 2020, 04:43 by Dave Boott   [ updated 22 May 2020, 07:41 ]

"Sitting here on a Monday in the middle of the month I suddenly thought about the Parish Drop-In sessions that would 'normally' be taking place, and I was thinking that if anyone wants to share anything with the parish (and the wider world!) such as recipes, crafts you've been taking up or getting back into, memories of the parish or area etc then I could collect these up and have a Drop-In page on the parish website.

If you've got anything then either add a post here or email it to . Of course the next stage (!!) might be to have a video Drop-In, but that might be a stage too far!"

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