Posts from 2016

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August 2016

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‘Go compare!’ Just one Cornetto!’ ‘A Mars a day helps you work, rest and play!’ ‘Washing machines last longer with Calgon!’ ‘…. with mild, green, Fairy liquid.’ ‘If you like a lot of chocolate on your biscuit join our Club!’ I’m quite sure that it was impossible to read these advertising slogans without at least […]

July 2016

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What’s in a name? that which we call a rose; By any other name would smell as sweet. (Romeo and Juliet Act II Scene II). William Shakespeare certainly had a way with words. And he introduced many words and expressions into our language. Some claim that over 1700 words in use were formed initially by […]

June 2016

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Dear Friends One of the things that we all have in common is that there are special “landmarks” in each of our lives. From a tiny baby we have those landmarks of our first tooth, our first words and our first steps. As we grow we have our first day at school, our first date […]

May 2016

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I am currently training to be a Guide at the Cathedral. The course is accredited by the Institute of Tourist Guides so it is not easy. Twelve of us started, I just hope 12 will finish! It irritates me somewhat when people say it was Augustine who brought Christianity to Britain. He brought it to […]

April 2016

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I have spent the last six weeks or so in a cancer ward. Not as some act of ministry or piety but because my wife Alison is there, and will be for several more months. Her prognosis is good, with the aim a complete cure from the lymphoma that has attacked her bones. The damage […]

March 2016

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This month’s article comes from Michael Cooper, member of Coxheath church and National Director of Christian Vision for Men. To celebrate my wife’s ‘significant’ birthday I decided to book us a short break in Iceland (not the one endorsed by Peter Andre). This was a desolate stony expanse of God’s world, haunted by howling winds, […]

February 2016

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In the UK a new record has just been achieved in the pay out on the National Lottery – two winning tickets each collecting 33 million pounds. The Euromillions prize for the upcoming weekend draw is estimated at £61 million. The US Powerball lottery jackpot was £1.04 billion streling. Yes, over a billion pounds. £1,040,000,000. […]

January 2016

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Another year comes round again and with it the thoughts from previous years. One hundred years ago my grandparents got married, seventy five years ago my parents did the same and fifty years ago, on 1st January 1966, I got married. (25 years ago nothing happened!). Strange how figures, numbers and events can form patterns […]

December 2015

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What a year 2015 has been: commencing with Magna Carta there has been a succession of commemorations; The Battle of Britain; a celebration of the end of World War II, Waterloo – even Agincourt! Then of course we always remember the miracle of Dunkirk. Is there anything that we can learn today from these important […]

November 2015

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Dear Friends As a child I remember vividly the rhyme, Remember Remember the 5th of November. As a family we all gathered together to go to an organised firework display, which we rounded up by having a special feast at my mothers house. The menu usually consisted of baked potatoes with many different toppings along […]

October 2015

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I have just returned from a conference at which over 200 clergy gathered in a university campus to worship, pray, discuss and enjoy fellowship around the theme of “Reconciliation” which has been a theme explored in depth by Bishop Brian, Bishop of Tonbridge. We learned that reconciliation is a theme which begins and ends the […]