This Month's Message

Harpley, My Life is my Message." Mahatma Gandhi

Revd Judith Pollard

Team Rector








MAY 2022

Forty years ago I was excited to be working in my first job after college - at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

An exciting new venture had recently started – the World Snooker Championship.

At the Crucible the stage is centrally positioned with seating all around, making it an ideal venue for both spectators and television cameras. We noticed a big change in the nature of audiences - now largely composed of people visiting a theatre for the first time. Bar takings went up massively. The World Championship was a celebration of the skill and dedication of many genuine popular heroes such as Alex “Hurricane” Higgins and Ronnie “The Rocket” O’Sullivan, the latter still playing today.

As in any sport the combination of physical fitness, dedicated practise, mental agility and strategic thinking make Snooker a compelling spectator sport, but it is the inherent drama in every frame and the personal dimension – the life stories of the players and the many challenges they have overcome – that give Snooker its wide and enduring appeal.

My son Jacob is a number one fan of the game. People can engage with Snooker on so many levels, from spectating and enjoying the incessant but informative and amusing punditry to perhaps playing in local leagues.

There is a Snooker Club – “The Maltings” - in King’s Lynn and the Village Hall in Great Massingham has some snooker tables in their Social Club – as I’m sure do many other venues locally. The World Snooker Championship is the oldest and the best competition, although the number of Snooker tournaments now on offer is huge – Jacob tells me that there is usually a competition on somewhere in the world, especially now that Snooker has really become popular in China and the Far East.

It is so important that we have sporting (and other) heroes to inspire us.

We take our energy and inspiration from a multitude of people and situations over our lifetime and our heroes remind us, importantly, that nothing worth doing is achieved lightly; we may have to make huge sacrifices in order to achieve excellence in sport, our line of work or in another aspect of life, whatever that may be.

I’m reminded of a verse from my early Sunday school life: “When the one brave scorer comes to write against your name, he writes not how you’ve won or lost - but how you’ve played the game.” Amen to that.

Have a wonderful flower-filled May,

With my love and blessings, Judith








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