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Richard on October 25th, 2013

Ronald Blythe visits an ancient chapel to say Saxon prayers   OUR saint is Cedd, and it is his time of the year. Now and then, I take a dozen or so of us to his gaunt, gull-ridden chapel on the Essex coast to say a Saxon prayer or two, and to read Caedmon’s hymn, seabirds joining in. […]

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Richard on October 25th, 2013

Ronald Blythe visits the North Sea coast and eats fish pie   TO FELIXSTOWE, named after Felix of Dunwich, not to be confused with the 67 other Felixes in the martyrology. Wild weather. The polite seaside town where we paddled as children is now a European base. Massive vehicles with names in double Dutch crowd our […]

Continue reading about Word from Wormingford – 18 October 2013

Richard on October 13th, 2013

Last month you may recall that I waffled on about our Harvest Festival Family service on 6th October, to be sure that you put the date in your diaries so that you didn’t miss out on the opportunity to support the wonderful work done by Saint Saviours Priory in Hackney or the free buffet lunch […]

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Richard on October 12th, 2013

Ronald Blythe reflects on the survival of a Welsh border poet   THIS week, the lectionary says, we remember Thomas Traherne. But who, once introduced to him, could forget him? They call him the master of the affirmative way. Lost for centuries, he famously turned up in one of those second-hand bookshops, having been through every kind […]

Continue reading about Word from Wormingford – 11 October 2013

Richard on October 4th, 2013

Stubble in the fields reminds Ronald Blythe of lifting prickly stooks   THREE days before Michaelmas – farmers’ quarter-day. Warm sunshine, Victorias squishy underfoot, sweet decay in the air. The harvest all gone, its stubble all ploughed in. The first ash leaves sailing down. The ducks in rowdy echelon overhead. Everything as it was and as it […]

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Richard on October 4th, 2013

Ronald Blythe delights in the natural world, as St Francis did   “THE hunt will be coming by on Monday,” Stephen says. I do not tell the white cat. Sufficient unto the day, etc. It makes her tremble all over – the very sound of it. My old friend from the British Museum comes to matins. I am […]

Continue reading about Word from Wormingford – 27 September 2013