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Richard on October 30th, 2015

Ronald Blythe is amazed at the variety of night visitors to the farm UNTIL my friend Patrick Wildgust came down from the north, everything I knew about moths was contained in the Burial Service. My beauty would consume away, like as it were a moth consuming a garment. When I was a boy, old ladies often […]

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Richard on October 30th, 2015

All Saints Sunday 1st November is All Saints’ Day. It’s an opportunity to remember with gratitude all who have made a positive impression on our lives, thanking God for them and deciding to learn from their example. But what is a saint? We think we know of course, because there’s a long list of individuals […]

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Richard on October 24th, 2015

Acclaimed author of – amongst many things – ‘Word from Wormingford’, and beloved Reader of our Benefice, Dr. Ronald Blythe, was awarded an honorary degree by the University Campus Suffolk (UCS) in Ipswich on Monday evening. Amid much media fanfare, Ronnie was joined at the top table by singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, who was honoured for his […]

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Richard on October 24th, 2015

Ronald Blythe recalls his bicycle rides with Constable’s descendant CLASSIC October days. Plenty of heat left in the sun; hardly a leaf fallen from the trees; mouldy fruit in the orchard grass. Seven horses rolling in the wet meadow, the white cat baking on the wall. A note to myself on the kitchen table: “Tidy back of […]

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Richard on October 16th, 2015

The teachings of Jesus are thrilling, says Ronald Blythe “I THINK I could turn and live with animals,” Walt Whitman wrote. “They’re so placid and self contained, I stand and look at them long and long. They do not sweat and whine about their condition. They do not lie awake in the dark, and weep for their sins. […]

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Richard on October 12th, 2015

Ronald Blythe reads entries from a diary that smells of apples I STAND on a chair to reach down Francis Kilvert’s Diary. Long ago, I shelved the apple-room to make a library, and the books smell of fruit; and, when it came to mature fruit, of D’Arcy Spice. These apples were left to wrinkle and even to rot, […]

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Richard on October 8th, 2015

Last Sunday’s Harvest Festival at St. Andrew’s Church Wormingford was interrupted by 2 roving reporters from the BBC, who were out to answer clues to a number of locations across the county to solve the ‘Essex Quest’. The large congregation were surprised mid Harvest hymn, as the Revd. John Chandler broke off to welcome the guests. […]

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Richard on October 8th, 2015

In October, we begin a series of meetings exploring the challenges and controversies in Christian faith. Lots of people have questions about Christian faith. Is it a good or bad thing? Is it just a harmless if slightly weird hobby practised by otherwise normal people?  Can you really be a Christian in the modern world […]

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Richard on October 8th, 2015

We’re delighted to announce that Rt. Revd. Roger Morris, Bishop of Colchester, will be visiting each Church in the Benefice on Sunday 25th October. He will be preaching at the 9:15 am service in Mount Bures, 11am in Wormingford and 6:30pm in Little Horkesley. Revd. John  Chandler says: “There’s no particular reason for the visit, […]

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Richard on October 2nd, 2015

We are very happy to welcome Ray to the Ministry team here. Ray retired as Priest in Charge of Cressing with Stisted, and Bradwell and Pattiswick – another rural benefice similar in many ways to our own – in February of this year. However, the Church of England is rather like the “Hotel California”, of […]

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