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Vicar on July 25th, 2011

A village school is to fall silent for ever, says Ronald Blythe OUR village school is about to shut its doors after 170 years. It is a strange event. Thirteen children. Glowing OFSTEDs. Glorious scenery. Reluctant parents. Victorian Gothic. I was a governor for ages, and an occasional storyteller. Cars bumped their way to it […]

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Vicar on July 15th, 2011

Ronald Blythe enjoys a quiet moment at the entrance to his tent THE conclusion of a Christian day. The still-fierce sun drains the light from the altar candles. They waver, pale and milky. The heavy presence of summer flowers. The giant oaken knight and his successive oaken wives raise imploring stumps. Ora pro nobis. The […]

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Vicar on July 8th, 2011

Ronald Blythe prepares for a thunderstorm that never comes IT MUST end tonight, they decreed, the great heat; so I sat in the garden to watch it vanish in a thunderclap. The preliminaries were all that one could wish for. The sun went down in a sulky glory. The landscape went dark. The trees became […]

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Vicar on July 8th, 2011

Ronald Blythe sits in the stillness of a Meeting House THE drought has vanished, and the wheat on the dipping field doesn’t look half bad. It has taken its normal midsummer blue-green colour, and has what scripture calls “fatness”. Immense clouds sail over it, plus a snowy glider or two. Sudden showers, hot sunshine, movement […]

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Vicar on July 8th, 2011

Ronald Blythe thinks back to an older style of children’s education AND so it has come to pass. St Andrew’s Church of England Prim¬ary School, Wormingford, has ceased to be. For a year or so, it bragged about being the smallest school in the county — 13 pupils — which would have made the edu¬cation […]

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