Outlook Issue 15 Winter 2011
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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Parish pump Guides take to the water A group of 2nd Woodbridge (St Mary’s) Guides joined guides and scouts from across the county at the annual Wet Weekend, where they were able to enjoy canoeing, kayaking, sailing, yachting, pulling and some land activities. Queen’s Commendation for Andrew The Reverend Andrew Earl who until recently was a military chaplain based at the Rock Barracks, near Woodbridge, has been awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service for his work supporting bomb disposal teams in Afghanistan. The Reverend Earl had been in the Army for less than a year when he deployed to Helmand Province in September last year as padre to both the Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Task Force and the Task Force Helmand Engineer Regiment. He supported the troops going into Taliban territory and searching for the hidden roadside bombs that have claimed scores of British lives. His citation said: “Earl established a close rapport with many of the men through his support in the field. Through close daily contact with soldiers, sharing their routines, hardships and humour, a remarkable pastoral bond was forged. A wise, mature priest, Earl’s calm, reassuring presence and counsel consoled and steeled soldiers and commanders alike as they dealt with traumatic losses and readied themselves for further endeavours. He brought a crucial sense of perspective throughout this extremely difficult time.”