The Parish Times
The Parish Times is our monthly magazine that covers news, views and events across our benefice.
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Parish Times Reporters
The Parish Times is looking for volunteer reporters to join the dedicated team of people that bring you this publication each month.
No qualifications are required, only the ability to come up with news and / or stories related to our locality. We are interested in both current happenings and tales from the past (there must be a mine of information stored in the memories of our older residents just waiting to be tapped).
If you would like to contribute an occasional or regular article or story then we would be pleased to hear from you.
Ideally we would like at least one reporter from each of the villages in our benefice. If you would like to take up the challenge, or just enquire about it then please contact Michael Miles
Here are a selection of articles that have appeared in The Parish Times. They have been chosen because they are reflections on past village life. From them we get an insight into how things were and how much things have changed even within living memory.
Ye Olde Yawny Boxian
In December 2000, a note was passed on by Graham Pegg to Rev. John Dawson from a gentleman that he had chanced to meet at Breedon Priory Church. The note contained a poem and a request that it be published in the chuch magazine and was signed "Ye Olde Yawny Boxian".
The poem was duly published in the February 2001 issue of The Parish Times and has caused a lot of speculation as to whom the author might be. Various suggestions have been made but the identity of Ye Old Yawny Boxian still remains a mystery.
For those who are wondering why this gentleman should refer to himself as an Old Yawny Boxian, the answer is quite simple. Worthington used to be known familiarly as "Yawny Box", quite how it received that nickname is unsure. It is certainly not because of a name change, indeed Nichols History of Leicestershire, records "Werditone" was accounted a member of Tonge and that they were both given to Henry de Ferrers by William the Conqueror. Name changes of towns in the area were commonplace in Victorian times when Coaltown became Coalville and Wooden Box became Woodville.
If you know the origin of the name Yawny Box then please do contact us, we are keen to discover why it was so named.
Since then he has written four more poems for us, all of which are included for your enjoyment.
His first poem is entitled Worthington Revisited.
His second poem is entitled Mushrooms For Breakfast.
His third poem is entitled You Seek Me.
His fourth poem is entitled When The Vicar Stayed For Tea.
His fifth poem is entitled A Time Remembered.
Articles by Ralph Walker
Ye Olde Yawny Boxian's poems triggered a response from Ralph Walker, who wrote an artice entitled Re Worthington Revisited.
Further inspired, Ralph then wrote a series of five articles about Worthington village life in days gone by, entitled Worthington Remembered.
Ralph then sent in a poem written by a soldier from Worthington during the First World War, entitled Worthington Soldiers Poem.
Articles by Maurice Harvey
From the pen of Maurice Harvey we have been delighted to read the following articles.
Some Recollections of Breedon Cricket Club (a two-part article).
Quarrying in Breedon
Uncle Tom's Hat
What Is A Christian?
A Small Tribute To Ernest
Articles by John Blunt
John Blunt followed up Maurice Harvey's article about Amos with his own "Amos Again".
Then later he has given us The Old Boundary.
Articles by Steve Andrews
The razor-sharp wit of Steve Andrews shines through in his own five submissions. I thought that it was always "three falls or one submission", but what do I know!
Pardon My Garden
Speaking In Tonges
Tonge-a-Long with Steve Andrews
Articles by Betty Cawte
Betty, in her capacity as Joint Heritage Warden, contributed A Planning Application Of Yesteryear.
Articles by Martin Wheeley
Martin, one of our talented organists at Breedon, contributed The Organ.