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Posted on March 3, 2022 at 6:25 AM

Quarantine. Isolation. A bed, a chair, a writing table and a window. Three meals a day, an hour’s exercise in the yard, and periodic testing by lateral flow or PCR. Access to the internet is poor and phone signals are not good either – unless you are in the exercise yard – actually two rugby pitches, and an all-weather football pitch. The regime might seem to be very similar to prison life – long hours locked up with precious little to do. There are about 130 people he...

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Storm Arwen

Posted on February 4, 2022 at 12:45 AM


Back in December a place in Cumbria I know well was hit by Storm Arwen. A lot of snow was dumped on the hills in a very short space of time. The high winds brought down trees and power lines. Some places were without electricity for nearly two weeks. Those without power could report the problem and get updates via an app on their mobile phone. But with the power lines down there was no wifi, no possibility of charging your phone and, to make matters worse, in some are...

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Happy New Year!

Posted on December 9, 2021 at 4:20 AM


Happy New Year! You may think this is a little premature, especially as we haven’t yet celebrated Christmas, but this is the beginning of my year. Not everyone follows the same year. We might mark January 1st as the beginning of the new year but for teachers and others in education the ‘new year’ begins in September; for those in agriculture the ‘new year’ begins with ploughing and drilling. The church calendar, however, begins with Ad...

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Posted on December 9, 2021 at 4:20 AM


As we move into November we begin a season of Remembrance. The centrepiece of the month is, of course, Remembrance Sunday, and I have said much about that on other occasions. This autumn has also had a Remembrance focus for me. Two events have been significant. First, I was invited (wearing my RAF hat) to dedicate a memorial in Spalding.  In September 1953 Pilot Officer George Furniss, an Auxiliary Pilot with 616 Squadron was flying his Gloster Meteor near Spaldin...

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Posted on October 15, 2021 at 5:05 AM

The season of Harvest Festivals has crept up on me rather unexpectedly this year! During July and August I watched the combine harvesters at work in the fields. Many of those harvested fields have already been ploughed and sown. All is safely gathered in (for this year) and we can begin to think about next year. But as I sit down to write the news is about shortages of haulage drivers, not only in this country but across Europe. There have been fuel shortages… I have found petrol statio...

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Looking for Scales Tarn

Posted on October 15, 2021 at 5:00 AM

This year’s summer excursion to the Lakeland fells brought its fair share of excitement. We decided to make an ascent of Blencathra (also known as Saddleback). Beneath the summit is a small glacial lake known as Scales Tarn. It had been our intention to cross the Bannerdale Craggs and reach the tarn before ascending the notorious Sharp Edge to the summit. Well, at one point we lost the path in bracken! We crossed the Craggs and continued our ascent looking out for the tarn to get us bac...

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July 2021

Posted on July 1, 2021 at 12:30 AM

I have been looking back over past editions of the Coronacle. This is the 22nd edition! In the 7th edition I wrote (just as we were preparing to return to public worship) that this wasn’t the end of restrictions but probably the beginning of the end. How wrong one can be! I never expected that we would still be living under restrictions 12 months later. The June date for the easing of restrictions has passed and (at the time of writing) I do not know what will happen when we reach the J...

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Ordinary Time!

Posted on June 3, 2021 at 4:10 AM

Ordinary Time! The Sundays after Trinity that lead us from Pentecost to Advent – almost half of the church year. I love the phrase ‘ordinary time’, it carries with it a sense of relief – relaxation – after all the festivals. The Oxford dictionary defines ‘ordinary’ as having no distinctive features, normal, not interesting or exceptional. In ecclesiastical usage ‘ordinary’ is the normal state from which we can either dip below in the penit...

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May 2021

Posted on May 6, 2021 at 4:50 AM

The month of May is framed by bank-holidays – May day and Whitsun (the old name for Pentecost). The actual bank-holidays may have become a little disconnected with the historic celebrations in terms of both the dates and traditional customs, secular and religious. This year, dancing around a maypole will be impossible even in those villages that do still have a maypole. With our traditional celebrations of May Day and Whitsun the feast of the Ascension can get a little lost. It is alway...

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Easter Message 2021

Posted on March 31, 2021 at 4:55 AM

The past twelve months may have felt like the longest Lent ever. If we think of Lent in terms of giving something up, then how do we begin to enumerate everything that has been given up over the past year? With the festival of Easter we are beginning to see (once again) a lessening of the restrictions placed on our lives by the pandemic. Yet we know that the national, not to mention global situation, is still fragile. Many of us have now received the first dose of a vaccine and hopes of a ret...

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