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Richard on February 25th, 2017

To find service times, readings, prayers and NEWS , click the image below to open the Benefice Bulletin for Sunday 26 February 2017.

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Richard on February 25th, 2017

Oh yes, I truly believe that – but in its original meaning! You see, charity is quite an old word, which like many others in our language has changed its meaning over the centuries. It’s all about our true nature, deep inside (character) becoming our outgoing, attractive nature (charisma) showing everyone that we really do […]

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Richard on February 25th, 2017

Did you know that February is the only month of the year named after the weather? In Anglo-Saxon times, the month was known as Solmonath, which translates as ‘mud-month’. We all know why! But February is named after the Roman purification rite of Februalia which was performed at this time of year and can be […]

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All over the country, fitness centres will enjoy the New Year as people will be using their new memberships – either given in their Christmas stockings or taken out as a New Year resolutions. Some of us will set a target of losing a few pounds; others will be trying to bulk up and get […]

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Richard on February 25th, 2017

Ronald Blythe pays tribute to George Herbert’s love of proverbs and botany THE greatest poet of the Church of England, George Herbert, loved proverbs. A cake and its contents must be broken. Love and a cough cannot be hid. Everyone stretches his legs according to his coverlet. Of all smells, bread; of all tastes, salt. Milk […]

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Richard on February 25th, 2017

Ronald Blythe thinks of lamps, and the light that friendship brings “ENDLESS noon-day, glorious noon-day From the Sun of suns is there.” Thomas à Kempis was a German monk who came from a poor village family near Cologne, and belonged to an order called the Brethren of the Common Life. His life was dedicated to imitat­ing […]

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Richard on February 25th, 2017

To think of small things is the work of a writer, says Ronald Blythe IT IS April in January. The snow­drops by the stream are mere slivers of green and white, but in a week or two’s time they will flood below the greengage trees. Now and then, I will give visitors a spadeful of them. […]

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Richard on February 25th, 2017

A costly resin reminds Ronald Blythe of smells from his childhood “BRIGHTEST and best of the sons of the morning”, we sing, and the pale Epiphany sun shines on us. Reginald Heber was part-Cheshire and part-Oriental, and his hymn fills the church. A little file of myrrh from the forest lies among the debris of the kitchen […]

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Richard on February 25th, 2017

A funeral leads Ronald Blythe to reflect on our mortality I AM sure that you will have noticed how, when we are in church — or, indeed, when we are alone — we continually dwell on some things, and never on others, if we can help it. It is not always that certain subjects are too painful […]

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Richard on February 25th, 2017

Jesus had no interest in Jewish family trees, says Ronald Blythe THERE is a second child in the Epi­phany story, which is why it is used to celebrate the first child’s baptism — but only when he was grown up. That Jesus should accept baptism shocked his cousin, John. John was preaching national re­­newal down by […]

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