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Vicar on August 20th, 2010

  Ronald Blythe is glad to see the scythe cut through the weeds MY NEIGHBOUR Jonathan Doe, “Hedgecutting Specialist”, is paying his destructive visit. And thank goodness, for the ancient farm-track is all but obliterated by growth. Tangles of weed had begun to hold hands over it, and sagging boughs to canopy above it. But […]

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Vicar on August 20th, 2010

  Ronald Blythe dreams of Newman, and a regimental dance   I HAVE been re-reading John Henry Newman. What a peerless writer. It is his prose and poetry that qualify him for sainthood. He wrote his own epitaph — Ex umbris et imaginibus in veritatem —”From shadows and symbols into the truth”. Thus he joins […]

Continue reading about word from Wormingford – 13th August, 2010

Vicar on August 6th, 2010

  Ronald Blythe enjoys his proximity to two cathedrals IN DIOCESAN geography, I stand on the river-line between “my” two cathedrals — St James’s, at Bury St Edmunds, and St Mary the Virgin, St Peter, and St Cedd, at Chelmsford. Often, on Sunday mornings, as I announce the first hymn at our village matins, I […]

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Vicar on August 2nd, 2010

  Ronald Blythe is an appreciative guest at a summer wedding JULY. The hillside horses flesh their tales, the white cat bakes on the wall, her eyes emerald slits. The oaks haven’t the energy to rustle. All is burning and still. Using Roger Deacon’s inestimable gift, a light­weight scythe, I have demolished a patch of […]

Continue reading about word from Wormingford – 30th July, 2010