Cross Border Newsletter, November 2017


awaiting restoration


Chapelle Saint Roch, Place Saint Roch, Menton

(see location page

St. John's Church Renovation News

Permis de Construire

The waiting period is over and demolition of the damaged area will begin soon. Once that work has been carried out and the building is safe, work can begin on the interior. At the present time we do not have a timeline.

Reminder... Remembrance Service in Bordighera

Thursday 09 November, 10H45, click HERE for more information

On 21 September we welcomed
  Father Neville Griffiths as our locum

and his wife Sian. They will be

with us until 24 November.

 Remembrance - First World War Victims

One hundred years ago, on the 17 November 1917, a Serviceman of the Black Watch Regiment was the first Serviceman to be buried in the British & Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Bordighera. Private William Coubrough was 19 years old and was in Bordighera with others who had fought in the Italian Campaign on the Austrian Border. He died in the Villa Sylvia Hotel, then a British Military Hospital. Other Hotels in Bordighera used as hospitals during WWI were Hotel Angst, Park Hotel, Miramare, and the Belvedere. Up until March 1919, a total of 68 British, 3 West Indians, 1 Indian, and 12 Prisoners of War from the Austrian Infantry Regiment were buried in the Cemetery. We will remember them in our Service of Peace and Remembrance at the Cemetery on Thursday 9 November 2017 at 10.45am.


 Remembrance WWI


Edith Cavell
"Standing as I do, in view of God & eternity, I realise that patriotism is not enough.
I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone."  
(on the eve of her execution)
Edith Cavell (1865-1915) was a British nurse, working in German-occupied Belgium during the First World War. She helped hundreds of British, French and Belgian soldiers escape the Germans and was arrested, tried and executed in 1915.
Edith was born in the village of Swardeston, Norfolk. She was the daughter of a rector and worked as a governess in Belgium, before training to be a nurse in London. In September 1914, Edith was asked to help two wounded British soldiers trapped behind German lines following the Battle of Mons.
She treated the men in her hospital and then arranged to have them smuggled out of Belgium into the neutral Netherlands. She became part of a network of people who sheltered Allied soldiers and Belgians eligible for military service, arranging their escape.
Over the next 11 months she helped around 200 British, French and Belgian soldiers, sheltering them in the hospital and arranging for guides to take them to the border. On 5 August 1915, she was arrested for this activity and placed in solitary confinement in St Gilles Prison in Brussels.For more information, click Here

150th Anniversary of the Hanbury Gardens & the 100th Anniversary of Clarence Bicknell


Who hasn't been to the Hanbury Gardens?

Now is the time to put that right if you haven't. The Gardens created by Sir Thomas Hanbury have had a very special year celebrating its inception 150 years ago. Its most important celebration took place in May when Prince Albert of Monaco and HM Ambassador in Rome, Jill Morris CMG together with the Hon. Consul in Genova, Denise Dardani, visited the Gardens to celebrate its importance in our area.

In October the Anglican Church of the Holy Ghost, Genova opened its doors in welcome to commemorate that day with an Exhibition of Photographs taken by Fulvio Gazzoli. Friends of the Hanbury Gardens, which included our churchwarden Carolyn, went to the Exhibition. It was a warm, friendly gathering with HM Ambassador, the Hon. Consul, University and business people from Genova, members of the Church of the Holy Ghost, who provided memorable refreshments, and many other people interested in the Gardens.

The Church was decorated fittingly in red white and blue with the flag of Italy and the Union Jack in prominent positions. It is the University of Genova which is now responsible for the Gardens. Its Botanical building was donated by Sir Thomas and students from the University continue the useful study of the plants which were brought to the Gardens from all over the world to acclimatise.

Another important anniversary falls next year – 100 years since the death of Clarence Bicknell. Like Sir Thomas he was born and educated in England and after ten years of service in the Anglican church in England and for a short time in Bordighera, he discovered his true calling, that of recording in water colours the wild flowers and plants growing in the hills and mountains behind Bordighera. He published a book 'Flowering Plants and Ferns of the Riviera and Neighbouring Mountains'. The Visitors' Book in his refuge at Fontanalba, has been reproduced faithfully to commemorate this 100th Anniversary and it is now available to buy. Clarence painted a wild flower on each page of the book, signed on the back by the visitors staying in his refuge. Genova University has more than 3,300 of his drawings and watercolours. After the 150th Anniversary of the Hanbury Gardens, much is being planned for the 100th Anniversary of Clarence Bicknell. Both men were typical Victorians. Wherever they were they involved themselves in the local communities and with enthusiasm made known their discoveries of the area they lived in. Sir Thomas, a Quaker, built schools for children, in La Mortola itself, in Shanghai where he worked, and elsewhere. Clarence built the Hall in Bordighera, which is now a Museum, where conferences, meetings, concerts, plays and other took place and still do. Two men, with a common but different interest in Botany, left their footprints in the Province of Imperia for us to discover, learn about and enjoy.

 From Elizabeth, Having been a leader in the Scout and Guide Association in Italy for many years I was interested and pleased to read the following:-

Kent, South East England – First Muslim Scout Group

The first Muslim Misbah Group in Kent opened recently. Their Director Faheem Anwar said on BBC his reason in starting the group was he wished to introduce Muslim parents to Scouting as they were mainly unaware of Scouting as such, and that he wanted the children to benefit from all that Scouting brings including catering for their religious and cultural needs. The Cub Scouts begin their meetings with a prayer to Allah instead of The Lord's Prayer, and have a link back to Islam when they learn to look after the environment, to protect wildlife and care for the earth and its resources. He said otherwise their activities are the same as any other Cub Scout group.

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said on BBC that “Scouting is a big wide family with wide arms and big hearts. It's about including people in the community from all different backgrounds and faiths. It's what we do really well – it's what we are proud of - and to see Muslim Scout Groups growing is really wonderful"

For more info, click HERE


Eat and drink together; talk and laugh together; enjoy life together; but never call it Friendship until you have wept together.      (An African saying)


Readers' questions about the family involved in the Life at St. James the Least letters,  

On the ferocity of the church's Bridge drive

My dear Nephew Darren

Your suggestion that we should hold a sponsored hymn-singing bicycle ride through the village as a way of raising money was well-meant, but I am not wholly convinced it would suit our clientele here at St. James the Least. While you certainly raised some money, I feel that £5.43, along with assorted foreign coins no longer in use, may mean that the purchase of your pneumatically adjustable stage for liturgical dance, along with equipment for producing holograms of the Holy Land to illustrate sermons, may be somewhat delayed. It makes our fund-raising to repair the tea urn seem somewhat mundane.

You may have musical bike rides, but we have Bridge drives, which are generally as amiable and peaceful as bear baiting. Half of those attending will see the afternoon as an opportunity to catch up on local gossip and to exchange knitting patterns, the game of cards being a minor hindrance to these other activities. The other half arrive primed for a battle to the death, reluctantly conceding that eye-gouging is not allowed. They will demand total silence – which is wholly ignored by those at the tables discovering what Mrs. Trumpington confided to Lady Driver half way through “Onward Christian Soldiers” at last Sunday's Mattins. The congregation is eternally grateful to Mrs. Mitchell, who as a former mill worker is able to lip read.

Refreshments are regarded by one half as an opportunity to put jam on the cards, spill tea on the score cards and make sure that the other tables get the egg and cress sandwiches while they corner the boiled ham; the others see it as an unwelcome interruption to the serious business of slaughtering their opponents.

Drawing the raffle is the adult equivalent of ringing the school bell at going-home time. Half the players will immediately dash off to relay newly-mined seams of gossip throughout the village, leaving the others holding reproachful post-mortems with their partners over their bidding mistakes.

Reproaches are never too violent, however, since the chances are that they will all be meeting again the following afternoon round card tables at another location for yet another re-enactment of the slaughter at Agincourt, the only difference being that the French and English were not entertained with tea and sandwiches at half time.

Your loving uncle,  Eustace

Peace I leave with you;

my peace I give to you; let not your hearts be troubled neither let them be afraid. John 14:27

 Diocesan Developments given the Go-Ahead Members of Bishop's Council Meeting in London on 19 October have agreed a new financial plan which will strengthen some major functions of the diocese and pave the way for the recruitment of two more full-time paid Archdeacons over the next three years.

In the initial debate Bishop Robert explained that the current year's budget relied on using historic financial reserves, but that could not continue indefinitely. To function efficiently in future, he said, we need three full-time paid Archdeacons rather than relying on busy parochial clergy, who functioned as Archdeacons in addition to leading churches. The Archdeacons of North-West Europe and of France gave accounts of the pressures they face in practice.

At present there is one full-time paid Archdeacon, who oversees Archdeaconries of the East and of Germany and Northern Europe.

As well as plans for two new full-time archdeacons the new budget allows for an increase in staffing and support of safe-guarding and a new structure to develop Diocesan Communications from the end of the year.

Bishop's Council members acknowledged the impact of the budget on churches who each contribute to diocesan costs through what is known as “Common Fund” (similar to what UK based parishes pay in “Diocesan Share” payments). They agreed a phased increase from the present 5% of a church's annual income to 10% over the next three years.

Bishop Robert welcomed the decision to be able to equip the diocese to develop its ministry and mission in the next few years. He is to prepare a video message to explain to congregations and church members about the opportunities of the new budget and the effect of increased Common Fund contributions. The message is also to be taken to each Archdeaconry in a series of 'Diocesan Development Roadshows'.

(Complete report from the Diocesan website)


Heavenly Father,  We praise You and .....

give thanks for, and enjoy, the awakening of these autumn days, the dawn, the brightening sky, the deep blue sea, the vermilian horizon and a glimpse of Corsica...

give thanks for the freedom we have

remember those Christians, now with God, who accompanied us on our Christian journey and influenced us for good

O Lord, help us to share your love in word and deed
Give us strength as we face loss and grief, especially when the death was sudden.

for all servicemen/women who have died in the service of their country,
especially those who gave their lives for us in WWI and are buried in Bordighera British & Commonwealth Military Cemetery - Let perpetual light shine upon them

Pray for all who live in areas of conflict and fear

At a time when financial cuts are necessary, we pray for those who have to make difficult decisions – may they have insight and wisdom

give us greater understanding and tolerance of those of other faiths ........ and those who profess no faith at all

pray for anyone you know who is ill, at home or in hospital

pray for those who care for a sick loved one at home ....

pray for all who live in poverty

pray about the opportunity the Internet opens up – pray for the wise use of the worldwide web.

Pray for those who will sleep 'rough' on the streets tonight – migrants on the border pray for the safety of members of the emergency services
open our lips to your praises so that the words we speak are full of Your kindness remember and give thanks for all the good things this month has brought

.... Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

The Church of England invites to Holy Communion all baptized persons who are communicant members of other Churches which subscribe to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, and who are in good standing in their own church. Those who are prevented by conscience or the rules of their own Churches from receiving the Blessed Sacrament are invited to receive a blessing.

arrangements may be made by contacting the locum, or the churchwardens.
The Church of England invites to Holy Communion all baptized persons who are communicant members of other Churches which subscribe to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, and who are in good standing in their own church.  Those who are prevented by conscience or the rules of their own Churches from receiving the Blessed Sacrament are invited to receive a blessing.