Hinckley Times - - LETTERS -

With Rev Mal­colm Clarke The Vine Chris­tian Book and Cof­fee shop in The Bor­ough Hinck­ley I was very priv­i­leged ear­lier this week to watch the gifted young drama group `Al­ter Ego` show­cas­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion that they are tak­ing to var­i­ous Le­ices­ter­shire schools, high­light­ing the dan­gers of be­ing rad­i­calised, pushed to the ex­tremes whether by reli­gious or sec­u­lar agen­cies. So grate­ful that there are those car­ry­ing the mes­sage to our ris­ing gen­er­a­tions.

And it made me more all the more grate­ful for the ev­ery­day val­ues I and per­haps we are in dan­ger of tak­ing for granted. Be­cause there is noth­ing spec­tac­u­lar about them they rarely hit the head­lines. But they are the stuff of good Com­mu­nity.

I write these days as The Chair of The Vine Trustees, and I am proud to do so. But what if any­thing do you know about The Vine? Just where Re­gent Street be­comes The Bor­ough, that’s where to find the drive, with Hinck­ley Shoe Re­pair Spe­cial­ists on one side and The Church in The Bor­ough (Hinck­ley United Re­formed Church) on the other , that leads up to The Vine. The Rochelle School of Dance uses the same en­trance and they prac­tice and per­form up­stairs whilst we in The Vine are down­stairs.

We of­fer hot and cold drinks, and snacks, and lunches, open­ing at 10am and clos­ing at 4pm ev­ery­day though on a Satur­day we open at 9am and close at 3pm. Find us on Face­book, and sign up to be no­ti­fied of the lat­est events and hap­pen­ings.

The Vine’s Mis­sion State­ment is “The Vine seeks to make the love of Je­sus known and shown in Hinck­ley through re­sourc­ing the Church, cre­at­ing Com­mu­nity and shar­ing joy and fel­low­ship”. Paul is our Man­ager, Mike his as­sis­tant and Les­ley `looks af­ter the books`. Our team of vol­un­teers and Trustees, our friends of The Vine, and our prayer sup­port­ers keep the show on the road.

The `Al­ter Ego` drama brought home that it is for want of pos­i­tive mes­sages and in­put, of an ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing val­ued for who you are, of a lis­ten­ing ear and a con­ducive at­mos­phere of peace, and hope, that en­mity and divi­sion finds a breed­ing ground. But you will find no lack of these pos­i­tives in The Vine. Come see for your­self.

Ad­vent is on its way! We are get­ting ready again to cel­e­brate the ar­rival of The Prince of Peace! Come and share with us soon. We will make you very wel­come.

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