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Revd Barbara Steadman-Allen, General Editor
Revd Barbara Steadman-Allen, General Editor
Maggie Myatt, proof reader extraordinaire
Maggie Myatt, proof reader extraordinaire
Sara Pearson and Kevin Abel, professional Design and Layout
Sara Pearson and Kevin Abel, professional Design and Layout
Kathy Wheeler, chases the adverts
Kathy Wheeler, chases the adverts

When Paul McCartney turned 70, they said that rock music
was the musical language that crossed all the generations.
Sir Paul’s energy and enthusiasm are legendary. He told
“TIME” in 2005, when asked if he would still indulge
audiences with oldies like “Hey Jude”, “They’ll get that too,
but you have to move forward as well as go back. As they
say, the show must go on!”
We’ve been thinking a lot about the different generations in
our three villages recently. Generations exhibit similar characteristics because they
experienced similar historical events at approximately the same stage in life and through similar channels of
communication. So members of a particular generation will share similar values, beliefs, and expectations. Of course,
even though there are similarities, it is important to remember that at an individual level, everyone is different.
Silent generation (born 1945 and before) Living through the rationing and austerity of WW2, they believe in hard
work with a waste-not, want-not mentality. They are averse to debt, and have a strong belief in sticking to the rules
and the importance of law and order. Family life was stable, divorce rare. After the war, there was near full
employment with rapidly improving schools and free health care through the NHS. They were the first generation to
contemplate early retirement.
Baby boomers (born 1946 to 1964) were the first generation to reject
their parents’ values in music, art and lifestyle. They enjoyed free student
grants and low house prices. In the 1970s, they had to borrow only 3x their salary to buy a home (today’s generation need 7x).They are now approaching
retirement age or are newly retired.
Generation X (born 1965 to 1976) - the first wave left school in
the early 1980s in an era of mass unemployment with the Cold War
threatening nuclear annihilation. They were the first generation to have experienced divorce on a large scale and are
likely to have changed careers several times.
Gen Y (“Millennials” born 1977 to 1995), this gen has never known economic good times and have little hope of
buying a home. Jobs are low-paid and last for an average 15 months. Seek a better work-life balance after seeing
parents work hard at stressful jobs. Shaped by the technology revolution - "internet-addicted" and "lonely"?
Gen Z (iGen, or Centennials: born 1996 and later) is the first generation never to have known the pre-internet world.
Unaware of 9/11. Growing up amid chaos, uncertainty and complexity. Socially-aware self-starters. Prefer saving to
spending; less drink and drugs, fewer fights at school, less risky sex. “They have learned all the lessons their elders
took a lifetime to understand.” Apparently.
We looked at statistics from the 2011 census for each of the villages in our parish. The average age of our three
villages is 45. If you are between 40 and 50, give or take some, you form the largest group of residents. Or you did in
2011. It can’t have changed that much in 6 years.
If we are to bring sanity to this de-stabilised country of ours, (frankly, no thanks to some sections of the media for
promoting divisiveness in the name of ‘news’) or even to this small corner of England, then we need to be prepared to
connect with generations not our own (I’m speaking to all ages here) and celebrate and sympathise with strangers and
newcomers. After all, there may be generic differences in the generations but we are all people, with joys and
disappointments, likes and dislikes, crises and anxieties, whatever we think or vote. It’s still true, despite universally
adopted sophisticated social media, that a local shoulder to cry on or a neighbour to laugh with is more immediate and
Church people recognise that Jesus is gathering around him people of all ages and personalities. We want our
gathered bunch to reflect that. We have so much to offer each other, old and young.
Revd BSA (Baby Boomer of Holmwood, originally North London)
* The Church of England Diocese of Guildford, which covers most of Surrey and north-east Hampshire and one church in West Sussex, was formed out of Winchester Diocese in 1927. It has a population of just over one million and over 28,000 regular worshippers. 



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