November 2020

November is a special month for remembering – for memory within the church and the community. At the start of the month, we remember Christians everywhere on All Saints Day (1 Nov).  The day after – we remember all those … Read More

October 2020

COVID 19 has driven a coach and horses through our usual certainties, has upset our customary security. We know, if we are honest, that security is a bit precarious at the best of times – that suddenly you can be … Read More

September 2020

The start of the works at St Martin’s is very exciting. It means, all being well, that by Christmas we will have a kitchen and toilets at the church – which will improve our amenities and therefore our capacity to … Read More

August 2020

How often have you found yourself saying that we are living in very weird times – where bits of our lives don’t feel very real at all? Like wearing masks in shops, which hide an important part of our identity, … Read More

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

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