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jane4 Editorial

We are probably all wondering at the moment whether the rural character of our community will be preserved when so many new houses are being built. So I thought I would share with you an incident which happened to me a few days ago - though I don't necessarily offer it as reassurance! I was about to get into my car when, looking across to our neighbour's drive, I was astonished to see a large pheasant. He was not much fazed by my getting into the car and starting the engine, and I watched him slowly walk from the neighbour's house and up to our front door - for all the world as if he was going to ring the bell! I didn't see what happened to him after that as I had to leave for my appointment, and I'm sorry to say I didn't have the wit to take a picture on my phone.

Our major feature in this April edition is an article by Donald Dawson explaining how this magazine is produced. Without the immense army of volunteers (the committee, the contributors, the advertisers, the proofreaders and those who do the house-to-house deliveries) it simply would not be possible, so thanks are due to them all. We are always looking out for new people, so we hope this article may inspire you to come on board! See the article (pp. 30-31) for details of how you can help.

Sadly we recently said goodbye to a notable local figure, Sandy Johnston - you can find an account of his life and all he did for Sherfield on p. 11.apr18 contents

We have two local history articles this month - Bowlings Court Farm, also another in the series of articles related to the Rev. Barker. Other features are another update from Abi and the Honeycomb Hub in Botswana, and also an article on the work of Helen Burningham, who is St Leonard Church's Church Missionary Society (CMS) partner.

This month's cover picture was taken by Mike Abrams. It features a display done for St Leonards' 900th anniversary last May, and was designed and made by our minister, Stephen. Do send in any pictures you would like to have included - if you want to have a picture on the cover don't forget to take in portrait mode! We will be running our usual cover photo competition this summer, so this is a good time to submit them. Send pictures, or any other comments or questions, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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