2016

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Rural Dean's Letter - December 2016
You are by now some distance into your Interregnum. I trust you are finding the journey, if a little complex, not too demanding. I use the word journey because this is what you are on. You are the church...

Rev'd John Benson's Eulogy
On October 2nd our Rector John Benson led his last services in the Benefice before retiring to Herefordshire the next day. At his valedictory lunch in Halstead Village Hall on that last Sunday a number of tributes and presentations were made to John and Pat, amongst them this speech of thanks and commendation...

Rector's Letter - October 2016
They say that life comes in two parts. The first is when we are all busy "doing" things, being educated, having careers or families and so on. The second part, on retirement, life changes to one of "Being", of reflecting on such things as "Who am I?" and "Where does my life fit into the great scheme of things?" It all sounds a bit far-fetched to me, but I am about to find out...

Rector's Letter - September 2016
"There's no place like home!" - so the old song goes. We all need a place where we feel that we belong. Pat and myself have very happily made our home in these villages these last 10 years and it has gone all too quickly...

Rector's Letter - August 2016
I am often asked "How much do you charge for a christening?" The answer is a surprise. Nothing! It is completely free. It has to be as it is God's gift of love. I feel that the church has failed...

Rector's Letter - July 2016
It's Carnival Time again! This biennial event is not to be missed! The whole community joins in the fun and it is all raising money for good causes! We might be surprised at the origin of carnivals. Carne vale means "goodbye to meat"...

Rector's Letter - June 2016
In the "olden days", before the advent of Xboxes and iPads, one the ultimate toys for boys was a model railway set. If you had the room, money and passion you could make for yourself a little world of your own, where you were in complete control...

Rector's Letter - May 2016
Peter's Marland School was a Special Boarding School for teenage boys with difficulties. It was right next door to one of "my" Devon churches, and the boys would attend church regularly...

Rector's Letter - April 2016
Marketing is big business these days, but it is not always easy to get it right. General Motors introduced the Nova model to South American and wondered why sales were so poor, until they were told that "No va" meant "it won't go"...

Charity Visit to The Gambia - February 2016
We flew out from London Gatwick early on Thursday 18th February, heading out to Banjul International Airport with 120kg of charity luggage...

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