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Richard on September 24th, 2016

Ronald Blythe considers a young map maker who recorded country houses ROBERT MORDEN was 32 when he published his map of Suffolk. It was covered with a rash of green spots, i.e. the parks of the nobility and gentry. There was no other geographic information. No windmills, no herring boats being blown along by Zephyrus, […]

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Richard on September 24th, 2016

Ronald Blythe attempts to get some work done, in spite of the sunshine I HAVE always, to some extent, responded to Shakespeare’s answer to the work ethic — only such a description of toil did not exist in his day. “Who doth ambition shun And loves to live i’ in the sun. . .” “And […]

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Richard on September 24th, 2016

Ronald Blythe recalls feeling cold as a youth, on a visit to Aldeburgh WE DRIVE to Aldeburgh. The weather is like the Ephesians: neither hot nor cold. I show my friends three graves in the churchyard — Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears, and Imogen Holst. There they lie, close in death. The sea flashes through the […]

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Richard on September 24th, 2016

Marvellous words can emanate from prison, says Ronald Blythe NOW and then, not too often, I quote the Duke of Wellington when he was Prime Minister: “They are ringing the bells tonight — they will be wringing their hands in the morning.” The ringers of our tower at Wormingford go up a storey in a […]

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Richard on September 24th, 2016

Ronald Blythe considers Prayers Written at Vailima and Wormingford CHRISTOPHER, the New Zealand bishop’s son, arrives to take pictures of my old farmhouse. While no man from Porlock, he’s always best free of interruptions. The poet Stevie Smith suffered from writer’s block, and prayed for a man from Porlock when stuck for words. Not that […]

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Richard on September 24th, 2016

The disciples were afraid of drowning, says Ronald Blythe Summer days. Each of them unimaginably perfect. Days which I longed for when I was in Australia. And that was ungrateful, because my brother showed me so much to love in New South Wales, which I would then dream about in East Anglia. Mike the churchwarden […]

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Richard on September 24th, 2016

One of the enduring symbols of Harvest is the Cornucopia, or Horn of Plenty. It’s a way of declaring how blessed we are as a community with all the fruit of the land, and the fruit of all our labours too. For farmers, the main harvest was gathered in weeks ago, but if you have […]

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Richard on September 24th, 2016

To find service times, readings, prayers and NEWS , click the image below to open the Benefice Bulletin for Sunday 25 September 2016.

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Richard on September 16th, 2016

To find service times, readings, prayers and NEWS , click the image below to open the Benefice Bulletin for Sunday 18 September 2016.

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Richard on September 9th, 2016

To find service times, readings, prayers and NEWS , click the image below to open the Benefice Bulletin for Sunday 11 September 2016.  

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