July 2020

You don’t need me to say that we are still in the middle of COVID-19, even if shops and other establishments are now open and there has been a degree of easing. It’s not over yet. The effects of the … Read More

June 2020

Sounds of building work resuming near the vicarage in Whitwell, increased traffic through our villages, an easing of the lockdown, tell us that things are on the move again. Something is happening. We may think of all the quietness we … Read More

May 2020

Writing a letter for the newsletter always involves a bit of thinking forward. Since COVID-19 hit our world, there is a double uncertainty – we cannot be sure how soon we will be getting back to a semblance of normality. … Read More

April 2020

This is not the letter that I had been intending to write for April – for obvious reasons. On all our minds is the dark cloud of the Coronavirus. It is affecting us in ways we could scarcely have imagined. … Read More

March 2020

Since I last wrote, we have held a morning together as churches looking at our future. In fact trying to step into the future 5 years hence and asking how we want it to be then. 21 of us from … Read More

February 2020

We are fortunate to have two lovely and very distinctive churches in our parish – at St Paul’s Walden and Preston – both of them a testament to the love and care spent on them in the past and right … Read More

January 2020

The Vicarage, Whitwell SG4 8HX.  01438-871121. Email: slfielding@hotmail.com A New Year arrives and the world moves on. Perhaps, like me, you will look back and see what happened last year; or you will look ahead and wonder what 2020 will … Read More

December 2019

The Vicarage, Whitwell SG4 8HX. 01438-871121. Email: slfielding@hotmail.com In November, I was delighted to baptise Oscar at St Martin’s and Demelza at All Saints – the more so as very large numbers came to be part of this happy and … Read More

November 2019

November is primarily a month for memory – for remembering. In our nation and community, we honour the dead in war on Remembrance Sunday. On All Souls Day, (Nov 2) we remember the departed. A day earlier, we celebrate All … Read More

October 2019

A Letter From Dawn Jenkins, Reader Of The Parish It’s this time of year that Keats’s “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” seems to be best at home. We’ve had a few cool early mornings in September but the sun … Read More

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