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Vicar’s Letter

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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Richard on December 2nd, 2016

Christmass Do you remember (or are you too young?) the episode of ‘Till Death Us Do Part’ with Alf Garnett telling his family about the birth of Jesus? He had to be born in a stable, because there was no room for him in the Inn. “Well, it was Christmas” says his wife Else. “Everywhere’s […]

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  As I write, the military forces of several countries are converging on Mosul, Iraq, with a confident determination to free the city and the country from terrorist rule.  The bombardment of Aleppo in Syria continues, and offensives are taking place elsewhere in the region in what has become a complicated, seemingly un-winnable war. British […]

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Richard on September 24th, 2016

One of the enduring symbols of Harvest is the Cornucopia, or Horn of Plenty. It’s a way of declaring how blessed we are as a community with all the fruit of the land, and the fruit of all our labours too. For farmers, the main harvest was gathered in weeks ago, but if you have […]

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Richard on July 29th, 2016

Holydays Yes, OK, I’m thinking of holidays. At the very time when life seems to be at its busiest and most complicated, I have to take two weeks off. I could do without that, right now. But it’s booked and paid for, and life with June wouldn’t be worth living if we didn’t go. I […]

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