OF BAWDESWELL CHURCH
'Broadway comes to Bawdeswell'
- Monday 7th June at 7.30pm.
Our thanks to David and
Jacquie Gurney for allowing us to use their daughter Juliette’s Wedding
Marquee for a very enjoyable and successful fund raising event.
Over 220 tickets were sold and the food and entertainment were well up
Our thanks to Susie Turner
and Annette Jude for entertaining us and to all who supported this gala
Other News - We have
recently been able to pay for repairs to the church roof and guttering
and also for professional treatment of the woodworm. We continue our support
in other ways by paying their water, electricity and building insurance.
A new Notice Board is on the way and we have just agreed to finance a CCTV
camera to monitor the church door so that the church can be left open during
‘The Grand Village Fete
& Car Boot Sale’ – Sunday 27th June
We are joining other Groups
in the village to bring you this major event and look forward to seeing
‘The Music of George Frederic
Handel’ – Saturday July 17th at 7.30pm
An evening concert in the
church exploring his music, followed by supper.
Soprano June Harrison,
Accompanist James Lilwall, Narrator Roger Hales.
Details are on page 5.
Next Coffee Morning –
Saturday 3rd July 2004, in the church.
FREE & Everyone Welcome.
The Quarterly Draw will take place.
COMES TO BAWDESWELL”
marquee at Bawdeswell Hall
HANDEL CONCERT & BIRTHDAY
Saturday 17th July
CEILIDH & HARVEST SUPPER
Saturday 18th September
The Norfolk Wherries
CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL &
in the Old Workhouse bar on the first Thursday of the month at 7. 30 pm.
were so many suggestions this time that we have chosen books for 3 months
and they are:-
Curious incident of the Dog in the Night Time"
No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency"
Alexander Mc Call-Smith
Heart is a Lonely Hunter" by Carson McCullers "An Evil Cradling"
by Brian Keenan
by Michael Frayn
Colour Purple" by Alice Walker.
QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT
Erich Maria Remarque
novel was first published in 1929 and is written in the first person; the
narrator is a 19 years old German private soldier who fought in the trenches
in the 1st World War. He and some class mates go straight from school
to the Army. Their group increases during training and becomes united,
partly by their common disdain for their instructor but mainly through
their experiences and the tragedies they witness and share at the front.
novel opens with them enjoying double rations; there is a macabre reason
for this; only half of the battalion has returned from a recent battle.
Throughout the novel, food is a major concern and by the end of the book,
when the war was almost over, there is very little food available.
This concern with their daily bread reminds the reader of their basic humanity
and connects us with them. There is a religious connotation too,
is the story of war as seen by an ordinary soldier. There is contempt
for the inadequacies of the leaders and compassion for the individual soldiers
of the other side. There is one scene where Paul, the narrator, has
strayed too far from his own base line and encounters a French soldier
in a crater whom he wounds fatally and then witnesses his slow death over
several hours. Paul administers first aid but in spite of his efforts
the French man dies. There is no doubt that this will be a lifelong
recurring nightmare. The book’s preface: “……an attempt to give an
account of a generation that was destroyed by the war – even those of it
who survived the shelling”, is borne out in this scene.
reader can certainly empathise with the narrator when he conveys how awkward
and out of touch he feels when at home on leave with people who have no
concept of what he has experienced, and it is part of the power of the
book that we can identify with Paul’s feeling of alienation because of
this, although we are in the group that has not shared the experience first
hand, and it is the strength of the writing that achieves this. The
reader is made to realise that the various awful deaths they witnessed
and the emotions they need to suppress in order to survive sets them apart
from those of us have been saved such experiences.