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Vicar’s Letter

Richard on September 28th, 2017

Flying away on holiday recently, we heard the usual safety announcement, including the words: “…and if oxygen masks are presented, fit your own mask before helping others, including children”. We know the reason, of course – we won’t be able to help anyone if we aren’t even breathing. But each time I fly, those words […]

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Richard on August 30th, 2017

Back to school Why do we need school? For writing? MS Word has a spell-checker. Maths? I have a calculator. Geography? Google Earth. History? There’s no future in it. Experience? It’s all on YouTube. We can’t allow our children to think like that, of course – though I’m sure they do, at times! Perhaps we […]

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Richard on August 2nd, 2017

Having left July, named after Julius Caesar in 44BC, we enter August – named after Augustus, of course. That’s him on the right. Augustus was born Gaius Octavius, as was his father who had been Governor of Macedonia. He came to Julius Caesar’s notice after he had been put in charge of the Greek Games […]

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Richard on June 30th, 2017

Heading off to the sun It’s holiday time – or it soon will be, for most of us; and many will be heading off to foreign parts to enjoy the sunshine. I’ve also just read the announcement about the Parker Solar Probe, a mission which is to be launched next year, aiming to swoop to […]

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Richard on June 2nd, 2017

What do you remember of 50 years ago? Of course, you might not have been around then – or if you were involved in the ‘Summer of Love’ of June 1967, there may be reasons you can’t remember it! It totally passed me by – a mere 17 year-old, I was either behind a bank […]

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Richard on May 12th, 2017

The only time I had anything to do with a Maypole, I was ten. Our Junior School practised for weeks for the annual event on the village green, so that the colourful display could be the centrepiece of the May Day celebrations. Well we thought it was the centrepiece – others may have come for […]

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Richard on March 31st, 2017

Potential Isn’t this a lovely time of year to be walking around the village or driving in the countryside? Daffodils brighten the view and our spirits; green replaces brown, and freshly cut lawns and verges show that humanity joins nature in its annual spring-clean. It happens every year – soon it will be the turn […]

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Richard on February 25th, 2017

Oh yes, I truly believe that – but in its original meaning! You see, charity is quite an old word, which like many others in our language has changed its meaning over the centuries. It’s all about our true nature, deep inside (character) becoming our outgoing, attractive nature (charisma) showing everyone that we really do […]

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Richard on February 25th, 2017

Did you know that February is the only month of the year named after the weather? In Anglo-Saxon times, the month was known as Solmonath, which translates as ‘mud-month’. We all know why! But February is named after the Roman purification rite of Februalia which was performed at this time of year and can be […]

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All over the country, fitness centres will enjoy the New Year as people will be using their new memberships – either given in their Christmas stockings or taken out as a New Year resolutions. Some of us will set a target of losing a few pounds; others will be trying to bulk up and get […]

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