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Bluebells at Rushall Farm

I first met Rose Tocock at a Harvest Lunch we hosted for Reading MS sufferers.  At the time my sister was very ill, and being looked after in a Cheshire Home near Norwich, so it helped me to be doing something locally.  Rose’s husband Dave had MS, and she worked for Philip Green.  When Dave died she retired and became chairman of the Reading Branch. She has run it in a no-nonsense way and received an MBE for her efforts. With an aging workforce of twenty volunteers the prospect of getting the MS support group up and running again after Covid was daunting.  But what a relief and joy it was for us all to be hosting the Bluebell Walks for the MS Society again. And what a response! We were mindful of global warming and the changing effects on seasons, but stuck to the last two weekends in April for this year’s events. Two things happened; the weather was good and dry and the paths were not muddy, so a lot of people came and the bluebells were at their peak.  They were not alone because there were still clumps of primroses, beds of celandines and wood anemones, wood spurge, some early orchids and yellow archangel just emerging.  With the trees coming into leaf and birdsong filling the air the countryside delivered “rest for the soul” and fresh air and exercise for the body. Of course, that could all be undone by the bacon butties, burgers and homemade iced cakes being delivered in the barn to refresh weary walkers.  And what a boost it was to those gallant helpers.  Some were a little sun burnt and all definitely tired, but there was a sense of achievement they all had in helping this worthy cause. Around £12,000 was raised, and will be used to support those in the Reading area with MS.

There was just one mishap. A man had wandered off the beaten track in his rough terrain wheelchair and toppled over into a ditch. He had previously had a stroke and so was very heavy, being paralysed down one side.  We found him in the middle of the woods with his wife. As we were trying to work out how to get him back on his vehicle a lady appeared and said ‘I am a physiotherapist. Now listen to me.’  So, we got him safely back on his vehicle and thanked God for His provision.

John Bishop