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  • November 2017

    Mind: Blown I have a weather station in my garden that is connected to a controller in my study, which in turn connects to my computer and uploads weather data…

  • October 2017

    Oh dear, what can I say? How often have we thought that or heard that said when we’ve been told something sad, bad or worrying news? Words often fail us…

  • September 2017

    I was born in the mid-195os and during career in IT saw the transition from computers that filled basements to the desktop personal computer. I was involved in making that…

  • August 2017

    FIFTY YEARS A LAY READER. It was in 1967 that my vicar at the time asked me to become a Lay Reader: the parish was Sonning (near Reading) and the…

  • July 2017

    I am writing this on the day after the General Election which saw a major change in the balance of seats in the UK Parliament. It was quite a surprise…

  • June 2017

    I’m writing this Pastoral Letter after returning from a weekend singing with a choir in both of the Liverpool Cathedrals. The Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral is modern, round and has…

  • May 2017

    The wedding season is upon us once more. There are wedding fairs all over the country almost every weekend as couples look for inspiration, ideas, products and services. From cakes…

  • April 2017

      “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15 v13.” There are many amazing people through history who have done just…

  • March 2017

    Well, what a tumultuous start to 2017 we have seen in the political world. President Donald Trump is just a few weeks into his term of office as I write…

  • February 2017

    I recently visited a friend who has moved from London to Greatstone . She is now coming to terms with having a mile and a half round trip to the…

  • January 2017

    As we enter the New Year (yet another one I hear you say) and we dust off our resolutions and gather up our resolve to do better things, lose more…

  • December 2016

    If November is the month of remembrance December is the month of anticipation. For some it may be eager anticipation – for children the expectations of school days filled with…

  • November 2016

    November has become the traditional time for remembrance with All Souls, All Saints Day and Remembrance Sunday in the month. This is also the month in which, with the issuing…

  • October 2016

    By the time you read this we will be celebrating and giving thanks for the Harvest. The starting point for Harvest has always been a veneration of and thanksgiving for…

  • September 2016

    This is the time of year for new beginnings: young children starting school, older ones venturing into secondary school; young adults commencing at University or beginning a new job. Altogether…

  • August 2016

    ‘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…

  • July 2016

    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…

  • June 2016

    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…

  • May 2016

    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,…

  • April 2016

    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…

  • March 2016

    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…

  • February 2016

    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…

  • January 2016

    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…

  • December 2015

    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,…

  • November 2015

    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,…

  • October 2015

    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…

  • Sunday

    Goodness! Chris has slept in very late; I have been up and about for hours! I am sure it will be better to have a lazy day after yesterday. Most of the…

  • Saturday

    Chris got up early. I had been up ages ready for the office but Chris was going across to the House. I was amazed to see that she was wearing…

  • Belgium Again.

    Hello! It has been some time since I was able to write to you. I hope you are all having fun in the summer! I had my second trip to…

  • September 2015

    I have just returned from holiday with Alison, and as well as enjoying some time with the family, we had some time just to ourselves. As part of that we…

  • August 2015

    I am sitting by the open window listening to a sky lark! I have not heard one for ages but years ago there were a number nesting in the fields…

  • July 2015

    Abide with Me. Watching the FA. Cup Final, I was struck by the enthusiasm of that huge crowd as they joined the ‘fans choir’ to sing ‘Abide With Me.’ It…

  • June 2015

    As you read this letter, I will be in a distant land having jetted away for our annual holiday, which reminds me of a story which I now share with…

  • May 2015

    Politics matters This month’s pastoral letter draws upon resources from Christians in Politics. I attended a fascinating workshop at the Spring Harvest Conference in April facilitated by CiP. More details…

  • April 2015

    Spring has sprung. The evenings are lighter, the day is longer, the weather is warmer. At least that’s what should be happening at this time of year – along with…

  • March 2015

    The Motherhood of God Reflecting that this is the month of Mothering Sunday I remembered this little story that resonated with my own experience and maybe yours, of being a…

  • February 2015

    As I write this, the news is full of the atrocities in France, the subsequent march of over a million people joined by many world leaders, and the consequent government…