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Podcast script - Monday, May 04, 2020

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Good Morning Chelveston, Caldecott and Chelston Rise. It’s Monday the 4th May and this is Adrian Dale with the daily podcast. And I’d like to be the first to say it, May the 4th be with you. Yes today is Star Wars day.

But if you’ve been living on another planet since 1977, that reference might have passed you by. In 1977 George Lucas released the first film from the Star Wars saga – A New Hope, enigmatically called Episode IV, even though it was actually the first film released. I was 16 at the time and the film was truly ground breaking and mesmerising. I was hooked. My own children were equally captivated by the film 20 years later and with all its prequels and sequels. The franchise is still delivering and releases a new film today. Our wireless network in the house is still called after one of the evil characters from the franchise.

So what is the link to May the 4th an d what is the enduring attraction of these films? Well it’s the classic trope of good versus evil. The good are the underdogs with right and virtue on their side. The evil are the unseen malevolent forces intent on taking control and squeezing all the joy out of life. Fighting the evil forces are a band of knights the Jedi.

Now the story line has an underlying theme that has given it the enduring appeal. It is called the FORCE.

The Force is a mysterious energy field created by life itself that binds the galaxy together. It has a good side and an evil side. Harnessing the good power of the Force gives the Jedi, and others sensitive to this spiritual energy, extraordinary abilities.

They sacrifice themselves for others. They do extraordinary deeds without a thought for their own safety. The force becomes a rallying cry that binds everyone together against a common foe. And throughout the films, people say goodbye with a simple phrase “May the Force be with you” – Hence May the 4th is called Star Wars day and is quite literally celebrated across the planet by nerds everywhere.

But is this so far from reality, is it really science fiction?

When you listen to the clapping at 8pm every Thursday, when you see NHS workers literally giving their lives, when you see Colonel Tom raising millions for the NHS it make you thing. These are extraordinary deed and you know that extraordinary human capability isn’t the stuff of science fiction. It is the stuff of reality today.

We have a spirit that is uncrushable, a determination that is unbeatable and a creative genius to overcome all things.

Today should be bank holiday Monday, not that it matters anyway, but actually it isn’t. The bank holiday has been moved to Friday of this week, the 8th May. Friday is the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe in the Second World War. It was the day that the good forces of the allies overcame the evil forces of the Nazis that had ravaged Europe for five years.

Many had lost their lives, others their homes and livelihoods, fighting an evil force that could strike anytime, anywhere, unseen. But the country was united in joy and relief that the war was over and the celebrations knew no limits.

This Friday was supposed to be a joyous reliving of that celebration, but we find ourselves again at war. This time with the virus.

However, we will not be beaten and our spirits will not sink. This whole week will be one of commemoration across the Country. Families are being encouraged to join together in their own homes to celebrate the victory together – it will be a rehearsal for VV day – Victory against the Virus when our lives will get back to normal.

This week the Church’s podcasts will focus on the build up to VE day and we start with one you just must listen to, even if you are a heathen like me. It is just brilliant. Our own Arthur Wright, Church Warden, recalls his life as a child during the war. Like Aitch, he can remember the 4,000 Americans stationed here, helping us win that war.

The Parish Council Events Committee are launching a VE Day Colouring Competition later today.

And we will all be encouraged on Friday to follow the National VE Day timetable in our own homes, starting with a 2 minute silence to remember the fallen – all on our doorsteps at 11am.

The night before we will have saluted the NHS and keyworker soldiers fighting the war on our behalf. Next morning, we will remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice and then we can have a virtual party to remember how we last won the war, knowing that this will be a practice run for VV day whenever that may happen.

Thank you