The Chancel roof is finished

I’m delighted to say that the chancel roof repairs (and associated drainage works) are now complete.   Many thanks to all who have contributed to this project, to

  • Peter Rogan Associates Ltd, our architect,
  • Elizabeth Bryans, Tony Cox and Chris Moody, who have with me formed the PCC’s project team,
  • to our contractors JTC roofing, and, of course,
  • to those who have helped raise and given the funds for this project, especially the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund for their generous grant which covered the bulk of the cost of making the chancel watertight.

Thank you all.

Here is a picture of the completed roof:
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Rector’s letter – October 2016

Autumn should now be upon us, though as I write, we’ve just had the hottest September day since 1911.  In the church’s cycle, we are mid-way through our harvest festivals — a period in which we remember our dependence on those who farm on our behalf, as well as all those who form part of the chain that brings our food to the table.  The key theme in harvest is that of thanksgiving, and recognising ultimately our dependence upon God.  It’s also a time to offer with thanksgiving the other things that we make with our labour, giving thanks for the reports we have written, the people we have helped, the lives of our families and friends and what the year has brought, and of course as the remembrance season begins in November, to remember with thanksgiving those who have recently passed away.

For me personally the next few months will be a harvest of a sort too.  I’ve been ordained now for some 17 years, and the time has come for me to take a sabbatical.  What this means is that I’ll be taking a back seat from parish duties until the Christmas carols services, and leave you in the capable hands of the Rev’d Canon Tony Cox (01509 880861).   Thanks Tony!
I’ll be using the time to study how younger people, committed to the live of the church, pray today; reflecting too on how I learned to pray in my early 20s myself — though that seems quite some time ago now!

Wishing you all the best for the autumn, and looking forward to be formally back with you all in mid-December!

Stephen

Rector’s letter – August 2016

The thing that has most upset me about the Brexit vote hasn’t been whether we remain or leave, or indeed the rapid recycling of the Conservative party or the implosion of the Labour party (though that is indeed worrying as all governments need good opposition) — it is rather the prejudice and intimidation that many that live in our towns and cities have faced in the first few days following the the vote.

One of the advantages of being part of the church is that we have clergy in every part of the county, and so very quickly get to hear when things are amiss — the tales we have heard in the media of folk being confronted in the street and told to “go home” because of their skin colour or style of dress are indeed true, and expose a worrying side to our society that many of us had hoped was no longer there, or at least greatly diminished. The irony is that those who are being confronted are typically second or third generation British citizens and not affected by the “Leave” vote in any case!

By the time you read this (early August) much of this will have settled down, but we must make sure, both as individuals and as a society, that our true majority values are made crystal clear. We all have a role to play in this, especially as the reality of Brexit begins to be worked out in the coming months. Let us pray and take action now — share what we think — so that those with unsavoury views do not have a platform upon which to build when Brexit does not turn out the way they hoped.

Yours as ever
Stephen