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September 2018

September 2018

25 Sep 2018

Many of you know that the chalk face, on the corner of Scratchface Lane past Rushall Farm, is a Regionally Important Geological Site (RIGS). What is less known is that during the 60’s the very deep hole which was the chalk pit was filled with town refuse. Children are fascinated by the high iridium dust you can see as evidence of the time the huge meteorite hit the earth 66 million years ago and the mass extinction that followed including the non-avian dinosaurs. They love smashing flints and finding pockets of sea sand in the wall of white soft chalk.  But amongst this display of the very ancient, and littered around, is an empty plastic bottle of Squeezy detergent, the arm of an old doll, tiny jars which held fish paste and various bits of elastic, underwear and stockings. It is a good teaching point that “what we throw away doesn’t actually go away”. We were digging a soakaway a few years back and, amongst other stuff, the Daily Mirror appeared, none the worse for its years underground, and complete with pictures of Harold Wilson and George Brown.  Today I found a plastic bag, which said “Sylvan Glent Desiccated Coconut, Empire Produced, one shilling and tuppence, 8oz NET WEIGHT”.

Is this the real root of the problem for those in power today? No pounds, shillings and pence, no ounces, pounds, stones, hundredweights and real tons.  But worst of all, no Empire. How can children possibly be nimble in maths without the contortions of Empirical measurements or know where anywhere in the world is when there is so little left that is still pink?

In his new book “Reimagining Britain” Archbishop Justin Welby sets out to identify the values that will enable us to reimagine, and to enact, a more hopeful future for our country.  He draws on Britain’s history and its Christian tradition to identify this country’s foundational values, and the building blocks necessary to implement them in a post Brexit, multicultural society. He explores the areas in which values are translated into action, including the traditional three of health (especially public and mental health, and social care), housing and education.  To these he adds family, the environment, economics and finance; peacebuilding and international development; immigration and integration.  He looks particularly at the role of faith groups in enabling and contributing to a fairer future.

“Bigger than politics broader than religion-a timely and inspiring read that requires response”