2016 PARISH PULSE (#6) - St Augustine's Hamilton

A man was being tailgated by a stressed-out woman on a busy road. Suddenly, the traffic light turned amber, just in front of him. He did the right thing, stop- ping at the crossing, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection. The tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration as she missed her chance to get through the intersection, dropping her mobile phone and makeup. As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up. He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a holding cell. After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects. He said, “I’m very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the bloke in front of you, and letting fly with some pretty coarse language at him. “I noticed the ‘What Would Jesus Do’ bump- er sticker, the ‘Choose Life’ window sticker, the ‘Follow Me to Sunday-School’ bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the boot … and, naturally, I assumed you had stolen the car.”

DIDYOUKNOW? The Jockey Club Did you know that the Parish Hall – or at least part of it – was built as a club for jockeys, apprentices, trainers and stablehands? A Mr Whittingham left a bequest of £2000 to the Turf Club, which apparently refused the gift … perhaps as “the administration would be too onerous” (according to a letter to the then Archbishop). Evidence that the club was formed and used to meet here can be seen (or rather felt) in the floor of the outer office in which there are six squares of timber covering holes in the floor where a billiard table would once have stood. We have a copy of the Will and of the rules of “The Whittingham Club”, a letter to the Archbishop and some other correspondence. We are trying to track down more information about the Club and would love to hear from anyone who knows more of the history of the hall and of the jockey club that used to meet here.

Please contact Jo by email at oldymouldies@hotmail.com or by phone on 3630 2070.

As 2016 unfolds, we reiterate our thanks to our friends at Masthead Design & Creative and Fergies for helping us continue to produce the PP for our Parish readers. Fergies is based in our Parish, just a few blocks from St Augustine’s, off Kingsford-Smith Drive, and Masthead D&C has been a specialist supporter of nonprofit organisations for more than a decade.

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