15th July 2021

Dear Friends I have to be honest, I’m not very good at watching sporting events – especially critical ones on TV. In fact I’m not very good at watching anything sporting on TV. I’m the kind of person who wants to know the result before embarking on the journey. Crime fiction, sporting events, TV, Film, or books, it doesn’t matter whether I’m reading, or watching. So on Sunday, I watched the last two minutes of full […]

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8th July 2021

Dear Friends Now that we know something of the Government’s thinking post 19th July. I believe that I can announce with some certainty that the singing of hymns will resume on Sunday 25th July. I am sure this will be a joy for all of us. As to other mitigating measures, I leave this to your discretion. I do not want anybody to feel uncomfortable or pressured. As the wearing of face masks is about the protection of […]

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1st July 2021

Dear Friends What a joy it was to hear the sounds of the piano being played in public again in church, Sunday’s concert was a triumph. I must begin by thanking Heather, whose inspiration and vision made Sunday possible. Events like this take time to plan and arrange and a determination to see the vision through. To conceive of such an event as this, surrounded as we are by COVID […]

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24th June 2021

Dear Friends It was good to get away for a break, I have to say that I don’t think I have ever seen the Shropshire countryside looking so beautiful. It was interesting to talk to people who were holidaying in Shropshire for the very first time, they all expressed their delight in Shropshires beauty. We didn’t want to break the spell by telling them that sometimes the county can be […]

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3rd June 2021

Dear Friends As if on cue, 1 June, the first day of Summer – well according to the meteorologists – it was our hottest day so far. Alleluia, keep it coming, I’ve had enough of the cold and rain, but I bet you that if it gets warmer, or continues for more than a few weeks, I’ll start moaning that it’s all a bit too hot! I remember when I lived for a […]

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27th May 2021

Dear Friends At last the weather people tell us that there is a possibility of some warm weather arriving at the end of this week. I must say I don’t think I have ever known a colder April and May.  Since the first lockdown a few of us have been meeting either virtually, or in person, on Friday for drinks. Talk about mad dogs and Englishmen going out in the […]

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20th May 2021

Dear Friends It was good to see many of you present in church and online for last Sunday’s Annual Parochial Church meeting. My congratulations to Susan and Chris, our Church Wardens. To Ben, Ann and Monica, elected to our PCC, also to Richard, Mother Eileen and Alex, elected to serve for two years.  For those of you worshipping with us last Sunday either in person or online you will remember my quoting […]

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13th May 2021

Dear Friends This Sunday – as I’m sure you all know – we are holding our Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM). It’s basically our parish AGM. We have the opportunity to hear something about our work as a parish over the last eight months, receive a financial report from our treasurer, elect our churchwardens and PCC members. Last year’s APCM was held later than usual in October, principally because lockdown had made […]

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6th May 2021

Dear Friends I hope you are all enjoying our new freedom to meet with people outdoors again. I have to say it’s good to meet, it’s not good freezing to death in the process. Can we all collectively pray for some warmer weather please. It feels to me like the church has for the last 14 months been in some kind of suspended animation – everything has been on hold. The prospect of […]

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29th April 2021

Dear Friends It’s amazing what just a few days away can do. I went to the house in Shropshire last week essentially to re-decorate the lounge after we had the old fireplace and wood burning stove removed. We now have a new, thankfully smaller wood burner, and a new simple fireplace. So it was good to go and re-paint the lounge. I was really worried what I might find having […]

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