Welcome to the W2hen newsletter October 2021

Happy Halloween

Welcome to the October 2021 edition of the W2hen newsletter.

I was reminded while compiling this October issue of the W2hen that I have now produced four years worth of newsletters ‐ that is 40 issues! This seems to have happened in the blink of an eye but, of course, lots of things have gone on around me while I have been engaged in this engrossing task. I thought it might be interesting to list some of the events which were making the news back in October 2017. I hope this list doesn't make you feel too old! It is, of course, very selective! It doesn't mention Donald Trump at all!

  • Oct 1 Amid a deepening constitutional crisis, Catalonia holds an independence referendum on seceding from Spain
  • Oct 4 UK Prime Minister Theresa May suffers a nightmare speech at Conservative National Conference as her voice fails, a prankster interrupts and the set collapses
  • Oct 6 British writer Kazuo Ishiguro is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature
  • Oct 19 New Zealand Labour Party forms a coalition government led by Jacinda Ardern (37), youngest NZ leader in 161 years
  • Oct 24 Antoine "Fats" Domino, American rhythm & blues star of the early rock 'n' roll era (Blueberry Hill, Blue Monday), dies from natural causes at 89

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Local news and events

Here is a round up of events and news locally.

Eathorpe, Hunningham, Offchurch and Wappenbury Joint Parish Council

Here you will find information about the work of the Joint Parish Council, and its new web site, which has just launched.

Church services and the vicar's pastoral letter

Here you will find Hugh Priestners' latest pastoral letter plus information about church events and services.

Poetry Page

This month the focus is on a new poet, Joshua Seigal. Joshua describes himself as a "performance poet" and has worked a lot with children in schools. I think his work shows an appealing combination of irreverence and of really listening to children. I hope you enjoy the examples I have included and feel inspired to visit his web site.

Bits and Bytes

In this month's piece I focus on one of the lesser known but most useful keys on the computer keyboard — the ALT key.

Fire in Leamington

fire in Leamington

Driving to Sainsbury's a few weeks ago, it was impossible not to notice the huge plume of black smoke rising from Leamington. As I got nearer, things became more worrying as it was clear that this smoke was coming from somewhere very close to Sainsbury's store! There were numerous road blocks but eventually, via a very circuitous route, I did arrive at the store, only to find the car park filled with many onlookers gazine at not just plumes of smoke but real live fire! Later I found out that the fire was from an industrial building in Juno Drive, not far from Queensway. I have to say, the bursts of fire were pretty scary and I hope you can see that from the photo. My thoughts were very much with the emergency workers who, I knew, would at that time be fighting to gain control of what seemed to me to be an uncontrollable blaze. We must never forget what a debt we owe to our emergency workers!