Ladock News July 2021 - A message from out Team Rector, Revd Joachim Foot

A Message from the Rector

 

The Joy of Ducks

When I am not busy with parish ministry, one of my real joys in life is ducks. I currently keep two ‘flocks’ of 5 Khaki Campbells and 8 Aylesburys.

 

I started keeping ducks entirely by accident. I went to collect some laying hens and the chap was selling some ducks as well. I was immediately taken by their charm. They are far more sociable than chickens and keep firmly together in their little flocks at all times, rarely separating from one another.

 

The Khaki Campbells were first bred in the 19th Century by a woman called, unsurprising, Mrs Campbell. The ducks are a cross breed between several types of ducks including Indian Runners and the Rouen. The Khaki Campbell is an extremely prolific egg layer producing over 300 a year. In fact, Campbells will out-lay most chickens. There eggs are also considerably bigger! Before the modern hybrid breeds of chicken which took easily to batteries, the Campbell was one of the main source of eggs in the UK. Historically I know that there has been a little squeamishness about duck eggs (why I do not really know). They are bigger and richer than hen eggs and have a magnificent ‘rising’ quality, making it the ‘self raising flour’ of the egg world! A duck egg omelette rises beautifully when cooked.

 They are called ‘Khaki’ because their colouring resembles the old British Army uniform colour.

Temperamentally, the Campbell is a very nervous bird. It is nearly impossible to get anywhere near them as they are so easily frightened by the slightest noise. They are a very quiet breed of duck, barely making more than a whisper of a quack.

 

The Aylesbury is an altogether different sort of duck. Stunning white and absolutely enormous. The I collected a batch of day-old chicks in the middle of March, and they’re already twice the size of my Khaki Campbells, and still growing! Their size makes them look more like geese than ducks. Much more placid than the Campbell, but, because of their size, a lot louder too! The Aylesbury, as the name suggests, come originally from the town of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. The ducks were first bred for both meat and feathers (the pure white being in high demand in the 18th century). A fully grown duck will reach a magnificent 5Kgs. The Aylesbury is noted for its beautifully pale, almost pink, bill.  The Aylesbury has come a little under threat from the, somewhat hardier, American Pekin. The Pekin looks superficially similar to the Aylesbury but has a much more yellow/orange bill and inferior quality meat.

 

The real joy of ducks comes from the distraction they provide from all the busy-ness. Taking time to care for my poultry keeps me closer to the natural world and away from all those things that get in the way of actually enjoying life. Letting my ducks out in the morning, shepherding them into bed at night, feeding and watering them and collecting their eggs is a real delight.  If life is too stressful and you need something to help you relax, get some ducks, you won’t regret it.

 

Reverend Joachim Foot

 

Sadly, the COVID rules are still in force, but let us hope that we really can dispense with the masks, social distancing and other restrictions on 19 July. Meanwhile we continue to ensure that the church is kept as COVID-compliant as possible but if you are worried about attending, please do not feel that you should do so. Similarly, if you know of anyone who is struggling in any way at the moment, or if you would like a call, please contact any one of us using one of the numbers below.

 

The planned services for July are:

 

4 July, Holy Communion 11.00 am (with choir)

11 July, Holy Communion 11.00 am

18 July, Holy Communion 11.00 am (with choir)

25 July, Holy Communion 11.00 am (with Sunday Club)

25 July, Outdoor Evensong, 6.00 pm at Oxturn House

 

In addition there is a short service of Morning Prayer every Tuesday at 9.00 am.

 

The Church is now open for private prayer every day, including weekends.

 

Full details of all the online services are on our website: www.ladockchurch.org.uk

 

Children’s Sunday Club

Please join us every fourth Sunday of the month during the Church Service for Children’s Sunday Club for exciting activities, arts and crafts, games, bible stories and lots of fun in a Covid-safe environment. Numbers may have to be restricted so in the first instance please contact Roxana: pray.4us@oiutlook.com’

 

Comelaong Coffee Morning

The July coffee morning will be held on Friday 16 July at 11.00 am in the garden of Oxturn House – on Zoom if wet. If you would like to be present, please can you contact Barbara Holt by email (oxturnhouse@hotmail.com) before Monday 12 July. There is no charge but if you would like to make a small donation to the church, you can do so at the shop or at the coffee morning itself.

 

Contact Details

Rev’d Joachim Foot                                                        Rev’d Linda Whetter

07930 095687                                                                    01872 530265

01726 882218                                                                    Email: lindaw23@outlook.com

Email: rector@probusteam.com

 

Rev’d Paul Salaman

07549 292734

Email: curate@probusteam.com

 

Jeremy Sharp (Churchwarden)                                Shirley Soper (Safeguarding)

07816 317180                                                                    01726 882697

Email: churchwarden@ladockchurch.org.uk        Email: shirleyasoper@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 


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