The Parish of Burchetts Green

Holiday time is approaching and soon schools and colleges will be taking their summer recess. Rest and recuperation following the end of the academic year are a time for reflection and looking forward to all that lies ahead. We all need a period of quiet to re-think what we would like to be working towards.

The summer season of social events that provide great pleasure has begun. Whether as a TV spectator of Wimbledon, cricket, rowing or the Euro football or visiting gardening events and flower shows, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Across the Parish there will be social events to watch out for and to support. A lot of hard work goes into putting on these activities and we arc really grateful to all who organise them. Above all they do draw people together and if we can remember those who are socially isolated and offer lifts and assistance then we are looking after our neighbour whoever that might be. Loneliness is a scourge of modern life when we are too busy or too wrapped up in our own affairs to think of others. We are doing more now in church life to look outwards and to try and make this happen but we need more willing volunteers to step forward. Enjoy the summer months and feel refreshed with the break from routine.

Every blessing

Seasonal thoughts by Rev Dilys

1 think we will all probably be very pleased when June 23 (the referendum date) has been and gone. As this copy goes to print we will know where this country has decided democratically to be in terms of Europe. In or out. Whatever the outcome of the vote, we can at least now get on with life without the distractions and scaremongering predictions that we have had to live with over the last few weeks.

Either way, there is a lot of bridge- building to restore any kind of trust in those who take responsibility for the good of the British people.

Unfortunately, I feel we are about to embark on the next phase in this whole saga - that of recriminations and criticism levelled at individuals in a damaging and personal way.

We must, however, refrain from this destructive course and put our energy into more positive ways of thinking and working together to bring the best of what we have to its greatest potential.

Our hope for a better world for our children and grandchildren begins at base level with family values that teach respect for others and offer stability and love in an increasingly turbulent world. Putting the needs of others before our own and encouraging the fundamental principle of service to others helps build strong communities that flourish despite their often diverse make-up. We have witnessed some wonderfully spirited performances from the younger generation in the celebrations for the Queen's 90th Birthday and that energy and willingness to give of their best is lovely to see.