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Richard on December 31st, 2014

Happy New Year! To find service times, readings, prayers and NEWS for this Sunday, click to open the Benefice Bulletin 4 January 2015.

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Richard on December 31st, 2014

New year, new start? Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions? Or do you think they’re a bad idea? Well, if we take stock of life and reckon there are things that should really change, the day we notice that is the day for a new start, and to make those resolutions! Here’s a ten-point […]

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Richard on December 20th, 2014

To find Christmas service times, readings, prayers and NEWS for this Sunday, click to open the Benefice Bulletin 21 December 2014.

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Richard on December 19th, 2014

Ronald Blythe recalls former residents of Bottengoms Farm THE Christmas-card snowstorm brings in an atlas of my life. Views of every parish I have been to: familiar parishes, glimpsed parishes, parishes I have worked in, parishes in which I have felt the presence of artists and writers. And priests, of course. And naturalists. And those adopted […]

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Richard on December 12th, 2014

To find Christmas service times, readings, prayers and NEWS for this Sunday, click to open the Benefice Bulletin 14 December 2014.

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Richard on December 12th, 2014

Glorious tombs and an old pub draw Ronald Blythe to a small town MURKY warm December days. Strangely pleasant. We drive to Framlingham on the spur of the moment. The little town, with its great history, is still and wet. I remember once coming home from baking Sydney, and loving the raindrops sliding down the plane windows […]

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Richard on December 5th, 2014

To find service times, readings, prayers and NEWS for this Sunday, click to open the Benefice Bulletin 7 December 2014.

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Richard on December 5th, 2014

Do not be afraid Knife crime, gun crime, immigration, unemployment, genocide, the war on terror, nuclear holocaust, Aids, bird flu, anti-biotic resistant super bugs and now Ebola, it feels as if the world is gripped by one potentially life threatening or ‘civilisation as we know it’ threatening cataclysm after another. And we are understandably filled […]

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Richard on December 5th, 2014

St Edmund watches as Ronald Blythe takes shelter from the rain TORRENTIAL rain for St Edmund, our Sebastian-like protector, his cult a thousand years old. Thin and shiny on his plinth, bristling with arrows, he watches us process by under our umbrellas as we hurry into the dry. Legend has it that he was 15 […]

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