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- A bit from me...
- Holy Island Causeway: user safety
- Holy Island village hall rebuilding appeal
- Lindisfarne Castle
- Curlews join Britain's threatened birds list
- Natural England Lindisfarne NNR
- News from Ford & Etal
- From the Community of Aidan and Hilda
- From our United Reformed Church minister
- From the
|A BIT FROM ME
Welcome to Sitezine this Eastertide and
a special HELLO to all who celebrated Easter week with us on
Lindisfarne and filled St.Mary's to bursting point on Sunday.
Two of those amongst you, Michael and
Christine, forwarded photos of the arrival of Northern Cross over
the ancient 'Pilgrims Way' on 'Good Friday'. The cross was presented
with three others during the Easter Eucharist service. You might
well imagine the throughout the coming year the church will ring to
the sound of that valiant Harrison, single-manual organ bursting to
the strains of 'Thine be the Glory'. Thank you Northern Cross,
thank you visiting pilgrims and, of course, Rev Paul Collins and his
team whose hard work made the perpetuation of Lindisfarne's
customary Easter celebrations possible.
And amidst all was the shock and horror of
the Easter tragedy that unfolded in Pakistan and the IS bombing in
Belgium. Through our several local subscribers in those countries
may we send our deepest sympathy and hope for a peaceful
Gain: Sadly missing from the island are Rev Graham and Dr
Ruth who have been inspired to 'up-sticks' from the 'Open
Gate' and continue their calling in the furthermost
reaches of Britain - The Shetlands. Thank you for all you have
brought to our tiny community during the short time you have been
with us. You will be missed and our loss will definitely be
Day: It was pleasing to see so many attending "The
Witnesses", a dramatic presentation of the life of St Cuthbert,
played out in St Mary's. Very well done to all concerned and
particularly to author and narrator, Canon Kate Tristram.
Appropriately its first performance was on 'St Cuthbert's Day' 20th
Holy Island Causeway: In this
issue I include my message of the deteriorating state of the
causeway to our county councillor, Cllr Dougie Watkins.
Castle: Regular NT visitors will be aware of the diligent
work of the local team not least of whom is the regular writer Nick
Lewis. Having just returned following paternity leave and with
attention so focussed on getting his report out on time
that Nick 'forgot' to mention that his son, Rory Peter Lewis,
was born at Cramlington on 6 March, weighing in at a whopping 9lbs.
He reports 'Mother and baby are fine and enjoying getting to know
each other while Daddy is back at work.' Wonderful news Nick. Please
pass on our congratulations to your missus! And perhaps you might
care to share a picture with us in the next issue...?
In addition to Nick, this month we present
articles from writers: Ian, David O, David S, Elspeth, Mhairi,
Paul, Rachel and Ray. Rachel, who is going off on a sabbatical
shortly, does not expect to be able to write for us again until
We hope you enjoy our newsletter and look
forward to getting in touch again in May.
God Bless - Geoff
|HOLY ISLAND CAUSEWAY: USER
Dear Dougie Watkin,
Following a number of 'red herrings' that
have filtered down to residents over the past 2 years via HIP, PC
and Trust attendees, you will be aware that I highlighted the
deteriorating state of the causeway in Holy Island Website's
international newsletter only to discover that both AONB and Natural
England absolve themselves in the deterioration of Holy Island
There can be few who would disagree that the
causeway is becoming unfit not only for residents but also the
additional half-a-million visitors who will be drawn to our shores
across this often-perilous highway during coming months:
Standing seawater never drains away and
accelerates road erosion
Saltmarsh prevents drainage and
accelerates road erosion
Sand-obscured road markings are
Potholes are hazards
Bollards missing at the South-West
corner of the bridge
Signage is needed warning of possible
At the PC's recent (March) meeting, as you
might imagine, representatives of Northumbria Police were most
supportive in obtaining a speedy resolution of these safety matters.
Unfortunately, the PC were able only to state that NCC would sweep
the causeway - no assurance was given on when this would be carried
out and if it would continue as a regular (daily) service.
I have been a resident and member of the
Development Trust for 20 years and clearly recall the last time NCC
met in our previous village hall - specifically to discuss HI
causeway. NCC were intent on carrying out a feasibility study to
renew the road. Comments 'invited from the floor' observing that
unless drainage into the river was improved the sand would continue
to build up, seem to have been completely disregarded.
NCC subsequently went on to construct, what
has been, an excellent road. It was built 6 inches higher than
the previous surface. Unfortunately, with no drainage measures
taken, as was predicted, the sand has again built up above the
height of this new road surface..
As our elected representative: Would you
please explain what you are doing to improve matters both now and
for the coming weeks?
Dougie sent an immediate, brief
response: "Geoff: I am going to have
to start the whole process again -- I share your frustration but
will plough on -- I will try to avoid other people getting involved
and muddying the waters. Doug"
I have no doubt that our Councillor will do
his utmost to highlight causeway safety and bring about a speedy
|HOLY ISLAND VILLAGE HALL REBUILDING
Some of you may have noticed that the number
of men working on the new hall has dwindled, building work is
drawing to a close and we will soon begin to furnish and equip the
hall and before long, the hall will be yours to use.
To have got this far is in by small means
thanks to you and many generous benefactors from far and wide, be it
a day visitor dropping a handful of change into one of our
collection boxes, a local or a friend of the Island making a more
substantial donation or a significant grant from a body that
supports small community charities such as ours.
Thank you all for your support,
encouragement and generosity, apart from a few small tasks and any
jobs identified by our professional snagging team, later this month.
The job is done.
But there are Big Lottery Fund (BLF) Terms
& Conditions that apply to our grant and most important involves
monitoring activities based in the hall during the first 12 months
When bidding for the lottery award, a survey
was undertaken identifying how residents would like make use of the
new building. Some activities can begin immediately and of the other
40 or so suggestions identified in that survey they will happen in
the fullness of time as the community grows to remember old and
develop new ways of using the hall. But we do need 4 or 5 activities
that we will monitor for the BLF.
Essentially, use of the new hall is down to
you. Remember the hall is primarily for use by Islanders, but
we need to make the building available for use by off-Islanders
whose fees will help pay annual running costs.
As the visitor season builds, please don't
forget the stall in the Oasis where donated books, games, puzzles
etcetera, as well as Lady Rose's Marmalade are sold in aid of the
hall. We always need donations of saleable items and the revenue
from the stall will greatly help towards the annual running
Again, on behalf of the Trustees, than you
all for your help.
David (March 2016)
The project work at the Castle is less
intensive now as we get into the main visitor season but that
doesn't mean this article won't be talking about the latest
discoveries and planned works, oh no. In fact, the work going on
here has merely changed in character. The winter saw stone
replacement, pointing being hacked out and replaced, scaffold towers
going up and down, and major structural repairs being carried out.
Now the public are in the building, the work simply cannot be that
disruptive; it would be unsafe and prove detrimental to the visit -
regardless of how much we like to engage visitors with our work.
Instead works consist more of surveying, recording, and monitoring.
This naturally is less visually exciting that someone bashing away
at a new piece of stone but is no less important.
I am presently taking timber dowel samples
from multiple locations around the Castle. This involves having
drilling a core in a wall, remove the powdery mortar, weigh it, put
it in the oven to remove any moisture, then weigh it again. This
gives us an idea of the moisture content in the wall. The core is
then filled with a length of timber dowel, which acts as a temporary
'mortar' for a month or so, when I come along and remove it. I then
chop the timber into short sections, remembering to mark which end
was the inside and which was furthest into the wall. This is
important as the outer section will show moisture originating
externally (i.e. rain) and the inner piece shows presence of
moisture originating internally, like people's breath, condensation,
or even rain brought in on wet clothes. These dowels are then sent
off to our environmental specialists for analysis; the idea being we
can get a fairly comprehensive 'map' of the moisture in the Castle.
I mentioned last month that a drainage
survey had been carried out and that we had intentions to lift
flagstones on the Upper Battery to improve our understanding of
where water goes once it soaks through the surface. Well in the last
couple of weeks we did just that, with three test 'pits' being
opened up in selected areas of the battery; one by the building,
another near the parapet and a third in between. The pit by the
building showed the wall foundations sitting directly on the natural
whinstone, effectively the summit of Beblowe Crag. That by the
parapet showed a pinkish stone surface while the third showed two
stone structures, possibly drain covers, running at orientations
different to the surrounding walls. Our archaeologists will be
providing us with slightly more detailed analysis than that I have
just given (I hope!) but the excavations will certainly help us
understand the Upper Battery a lot better, and inform whether we
need to open up any more pits.
Easter has of course been early this year
which means as I write (Tuesday 29th, sorry Geoff!) we still have
the bulk of the holidays to go on the Island. I hope the next
fortnight is good to you and that it bodes well for the rest of the
All the best
DAMIAN'S PROBLEMS WITH A HORSE AND
During the very touching memorial service
for Brother Damian there was a pause for quiet reflection so those
present in our parish church could ponder on their personal memories
of that lovely man who always seemed to be smiling.
With rather ghostly images of him in his
brown Franciscan robe and white rope tie being projected on the old
stonework above the main arch, no doubt everyone in the congregation
had very different memories. Mine both concerned him laughing at
himself for a couple of the quandaries he found himself in during
his all-too-brief period as vicar before the Franciscans decided he
was needed elsewhere.
I'm sure everyone who ever attended Sunday
school, and many might be surprised that I did as a small child,
will remember little brightly coloured stickers of the various
saints that were present for regular attendance.
They usually portrayed the affinity of St
Francis of Assisi for animals and birds. I seem to remember pictures
of him with birds perching on his hands and shoulders and animals
gathered around him, looking up in suitable adoration.
Therefore on an island full of birds and
animals you might have thought Damian would be in his element. The
reality was a bit different and Damian himself used to laugh when I
unmercifully teased him about.
favourite memories of him concerned very different creatures -
the friendly retired racehorse which used to be stabled in the field
next to the Vicarage and the Swallows which nest annually in the
Firstly, the horse. To me it always seemed a
very gentle creature, popular particularly with children, visitors
and locals alike, coming to the gate to be stroked and, I suspect,
on many occasions to be given a little treat.
Now every Franciscan can recognise a horse
and you'd think, in the great scheme of things, that a horse would
recognise a Franciscan. It certainly did and it used to shy away
from the gate and run off down the field every time poor Damian
appeared. It wouldn't even come to him when he brought a
Perhaps it was his flowing robes which made
it so skittish. Poor Damian told me: "It looks really bad when
people see an animal run away from a Franciscan!" Whatever the
cause, the horse never became friends.
Swallows, favourite summer birds of so many,
have nested in the porch as long as I can remember. The sudden
hunger calls of young seeing a parent approaching have enlivened
many a service.
During Damian's first summer as our vicar a
pair set up home in the corner of the porch. They built their cupped
nest of mud and grasses and lined it with feathers. It was away from
the direct walk into the church so there was no danger of anyone
being, shall we say, "bombed" as they entered. All went well and
after a month or so the young successfully fledged. The nest was
empty and the white stuff Swallows leave behind was safely on the
paving flags in the corner.
Damian was a tidy sort, very accomplished at
cooking and domestic chores and, incidentally, the only man I've
ever heard of who could neatly fold a fitted bed-sheet. This was
something he demonstrated to the very impressed ladies of the island
on one memorable January 2nd when they visited the Vicarage during
the traditional New Year round. Anyway back to our tale: he
decided to clean the porch.
He swept up the droppings and eased the mud
nest off the wall. He cleaned the stonework where the nest had been
stuck and, no doubt, generally congratulated himself on a job well
What Damian didn't realise was that many of
our island Swallows raise two families in a season. So it came to
pass that a few days later, the Swallow parents, having seen their
first youngsters achieve independence, flew back to lay another
You can imagine their consternation when
they discovered that their nest had vanished. Nothing daunted, they
set about building a new one. But this time decided on a change of
location. Instead of harmlessly again using the corner, they built
in the centre of the porch ceiling right above where hundreds of
visitors passed each day.
What followed was pure comedy. People coming
in had to duck and dodge as the young Swallows kept their nest clean
by squirting over the rim. Eventually an old lampshade was suspended
under the nest to catch the worst of it.
When Damian, rather embarrassed by the whole
episode, admitted that he was to blame I gave him a little lecture
on Swallow ecology and remember saying: "That's literally a message
from Above for a Franciscan messing with Swallows!"
Damian loved re-telling the tale, He even
encouraged me to include it when I gave a short talk about the
island's birds as part of the annual St Aidan's week celebrations in
the church. Needless to say, it got the biggest laugh of the
I'm sure if Damian has some means to keeping
an eye on what's happening down here on the island he'll still be
laughing about it.
|NATURAL ENGLAND LINDISFARNE NNR
Staff and volunteers ventured out in some
pretty cold weather at the beginning of March to do a litter pick of
Budle Bay. With some of the high tides recently there had been a
fair amount of rubbish washed up on the shore and the team managed
to collect 18 bags from a relatively small area. Thanks to everyone
who turned out and helped. We have another litter pick organised for
8th April, 9.30 at the Snook carpark which is open to anyone who
wants to help. Please contact the Reserve office for more
information or have a look on our blog and Facebook.
It's that time of
year where we see our winter residents leaving the Reserve to return
to their breeding grounds. As numbers drop, geese flock together
there have been several species in one area at a time. Particularly
at Budle Bay during the first part of March there have been small
flocks of light-bellied brent, pink-footed geese, greylag geese and
barnacles. At this time there were up to 400 light-bellied brent,
250 pink-footed goose, 300 greylag and 70 barnacle geese using the
Bay. As the days lengthen and temperatures rise we will see more
leaving us in the coming weeks and our summer residents returning.
Skylarks are already in fine voice throughout the Reserve.
On that note we are busy with preparations
for the ongoing protection of breeding shorebirds including ringed
plovers and oystercatchers. We have full time dedicated shorebird
wardens and our volunteers starting with us next month as we prepare
for the breeding season. Fences will be out from the beginning of
May - there will be some at Goswick and also the usual places
elsewhere on the Reserve.
We have several students from Newcastle
University working on the Reserve over the summer including two
undergrad placements that spent a week with us. They carried out
important litter collections and surveys on the North shore and at
Goswick, did their own mini project looking at benthic fauna and
shadowed staff for part of the week. The litter pick fed into a
wider study being carried out on micro plastics in the marine
Reserve Warden, Beal
Tel: 01289 381 470
Mhairi's blog and facebook page can be found at http://lindisfarnennr.blogspot.co.uk/
Volunteer Conference a success
The first ever Peregrini Conference took
place on Saturday 12th March and was a great success. Over 30 people
registered their interest in a range of projects but Community
Archaeology, Archive and Geology proved most popular. The day
featured an introduction into each of the projects by our community
leads and showed people how they can get involved. Natural England
also attended and highlighted our Shorebird Nesting project.
The Peregrini Lindisfarne short film was
also previewed and can now be seen on our website: www.peregrinilindisfarne.org.uk
As we told you in our February newsletter,
we have joined forces with Emma Rothera from
yourbeautifulphotography.com to deliver our first creative arts
project. Helping people develop existing skills on using their
Digital SLR camera, the project culminates in a photographic
exhibition on Holy Island as part of the annual festival. A public
vote will see who wins Best Picture. Photos taken by participants
will also be used to help develop a visual archive of the area and
potentially be used on interpretation for other Peregrini projects.
Look out for workshops updates on our website and facebook page.
Our first workshop took place on Wednesday
23rd March. All other workshops are full, however a reserve list is
available should people drop out. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
if you're interested in being added.
Archaeology Project launch event
The HLF-funded Peregrini Lindisfarne Project
includes a programme of community archaeology, led by The
Archaeological Practice Ltd. Participation in this programme is open
to all - no previous experience is required as full training will be
given. So, if you fancy having a go at being an archaeologist,
please come and join in!
17th APRIL 2016, 11am - 3pm
Community Club, West Street, Belford, NE70 7QE
The event features presentations on various
aspects of archaeology in the Peregrini area, from prehistory to
present, by Rob Young, David Petts, Linda Bankier, Peter Ryder, Ian
Kille, Richard Carlton and Paul Frodsham. It will include plenty of
opportunity to discuss the proposed fieldwork programme and suggest
any work you would like to see included.
Tea, coffee and biscuits provided, but
please bring your own lunch
Entry is FREE but places are limited - do
not delay or you may be disappointed! To reserve a place, please
email your name, address and phone number to: email@example.com
|GEORDIE SONGBIRDS TOP HOLY ISLAND
Tyneside folk band The Unthanks will headline this year's Holy
Island festival, which celebrates North East talent.
The internationally-acclaimed group -
comprising sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank, Adrian McNally and
Chris Price - will perform at St. Mary's Church on Sunday 26
Becky said: "Growing up on Tyneside we often
visited the Northumberland coast and feel a connection to the area.
That connection has been renewed more recently, because for six
years now we have run singing weekends on the Northumberland coast.
The songs, the food, the (sometimes wild) winter walks to the pub
are special memories we share.
"I think part of what draws people to come
on our singing weekends is the relationship our music has with the
area's countryside, coast and history. We are really looking forward
to being a part of the festival and I'm excited to explore Holy
Island as a grown-up!"
Sister Rachel, who is married to Adrian -
also the group's manager, musical arranger and producer - added:
"Being on this piece of the Northumberland coast inspires and
grounds us, so playing on Holy Island will be a real treat. It
is a magical place. What a grand setting for a festival and a
dramatic platform to sing and play music.
"We run singing weekends near Seahouses and
the people who come and have never experienced the raw and wild
beauty of the area are blown away with its majestic sense of horizon
and space. People come from all over the UK and Europe to our
weekends and, as well as singing the songs of our region with them,
it's a joy to show them the beauty of our coast, and to create the
economic contribution our weekenders make to a rural coastal area in
the depths of winter."
More than 4,000 visitors flocked to
Lindisfarne to enjoy the first-ever Holy Island festival last year.
And a sell-out crowd of 250 people - including tourists and island
residents - packed into St. Mary's Church to see The Lindisfarne
Story performed by Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell.
This year the Holy Island Festival is
partnering with the Peregrini Lindisfarne Landscape Partnership. As
part of the festival, the partnership will deliver a range of
cultural and natural heritage activities which link to some of the
projects being completed as part of the scheme. The activities aim
to help people understand and enjoy the amazing landscape of Holy
Island and the adjacent mainland.
For more information on the partnership and
HLF funded landscape partnerships: www.peregrinilindisfarne.org.uk
Island businesses actively support the event
- a bespoke Festival ale is being created especially for the
occasion - and local venues will host musicians from the region
There will be ticketed performances at St.
Mary's Church from the Royal Northern Sinfonia, of Sage Gateshead,
the UK's only full-time chamber orchestra and the leading
professional orchestra in North East England and Ex-Cathedra.
Ex-Cathedra - a leading choir and early
music ensemble founded in 1969 by Jeffrey Skidmore, OBE - will be
performing summer-themed a cappella vocal music by Joubert, Britten,
Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Gershwin, Parry, Delius and MacMillan.
Concerts manager Ksynia Loeffler, a graduate
of St Aidan's College, Durham University said: "I visited Holy
Island 15 years ago when I was studying at Durham and was deeply
struck by its rugged beauty and spirituality. I'm really looking
forward to returning and this time performing in St. Mary's
Historic Lindisfarne Priory will also play a
starring role as a venue for festival arts events and workshops
featuring pipers, young musicians from the region playing jazz, folk
and popular music.
Newcastle-based Let's Circus - the resident
professional circus of the North East - will spend two days
performing their family show throughout the day and amateur youth
partner Circus Central will provide workshops for the young and
young-at-heart to try their skills such as trapeze, juggling,
unicycling, stilt-walking and acrobatics in the black and white big
top The Magpie.
Chair of the Holy Island Festival group
Reverend Paul Collins said: "Celebrations in 2013 for the
Lindisfarne Gospels identified an interest in more events for
visitors, islanders and residents across Northumberland and the
"Last year's inaugural summer festival
celebrated four days of performing arts including music, singing,
dancing, circus and theatre, offering something for everyone. We are
really excited at this year's great line-up and we hope it will
become an annual event."
There are only 250 tickets available to see
The Unthanks at St. Mary's Church on Sunday June 26, at 7.30pm
The Unthanks, who will play at the Radio 2
Folk Awards on April 28, released their fourth album Mount the Air,
in February 2015. Their debut album Cruel Sister was MOJO magazine
Folk Album of the Year in 2005. Their follow-up The Bairns was
nominated for Best Album at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2008. In
2009 their third album - Here's the Tender Coming - was The
Guardian's folk album of the year.
Tickets for all the St. Mary's Church shows
are only available at:
Anne Graham: 07790 675849
|NEWS FROM FORD & ETAL
Reston Concert Band - Popular Music
Saturday 23rd April, from 2pm at
Lady Waterford Hall
Reston Concert Band has acquired an
increasing reputation for excellence, extending beyond its local
origins. The band formed 12 years ago and performs regularly
in the Borders and beyond. The repertoire includes
sophisticated arrangements of well-known themes representing a wide
cross-section of moods and tastes.
Despite, or because of, its community roots,
the band displays exceptional skills, with instrumentalists ranging
from the youthful to the experienced, all of whom rehearse every
Thursday evening at Reston School (new members are always
The musical director, Dave Jones, is a
well-known local figure and he has created an exciting playlist to
capture everyone's interest.
The Reston Concert Band is always very
pleased to talk to audience members after a performance, especially
to instrumentalists of all ages.
Lady Waterford Hall is delighted and
honoured to welcome the band.
Admission by donation/retiring
Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre
Sunday 17th April 10am-4pm
Farmers Market - lots of stalls selling
local food and crafts. Also an opportunity to meet the
magnificent Clydesdale Horses. Farmers Markets will be held
every 3rd Sunday in the month throughout the year. During bad
weather stalls will be under cover.
Thursday 21st April
Watchlaw - From 6.45pm
In honour of Her Majesty's 90th Birthday
there will be a national chain of beacons, and we are delighted to
be joining in at Ford & Etal, with a beacon at Watchlaw, one
mile east of Ford and signed off the B6353. We would be pleased to
welcome as many people as possible, if they are not attending a
beacon closer to home, and in particular we welcome any
holidaymakers in the area who want to come and join the
Soup, rolls and hot drinks will be offered,
in exchange for a donation into the collecting tins of RABI (Royal
Agricultural Benevolent Institution) of which Her Majesty is patron.
Lighting time is at 7.30pm sharp, and soup etc. will be available
from 6.45pm. There's ample parking on the site.
Please wear appropriate clothing and
footwear as the site is on an exposed hilltop!
Dogs are welcome but must be on a lead at
all times in view of the fact that there will be livestock in the
|FROM THE COMMUNITY OF AIDAN AND
I write from North Cyprus. This is
administered by Turkey. My host in Kyrenia today returned from
Bethlehem Bible College's conflict resolution conference. Tomorrow I
visit the tomb of Saint Barnabus, the Encourager, in Salamis. Next
week I lead a retreat for chaplains on the British military bases
before returning to Holy Island.
I met an Asian leader who searched the web
to find a retreat house in Cyprus. This made me realise that in our
part of the world we are blessed to have so many retreat houses.
In April the theme of Open Gate Retreats is
spiritual renewal from ancient sources. David Cole, who guides by
Facebook and email those who explore our Way of Life, will reflect
on the German mystic Meister Eckhardt. Later Daniel Wolpert
-Teacher, Psychologist, and Spiritual Director will lead a retreat
on 'Learning from the ancient traditions that helped people grow
closer to God'.
The International Community of Aidan and Hilda
|FROM OUR UNITED REFORMED CHURCH
One of my favourite stories in the Bible
about Jesus, after his resurrection, tells of him meeting his
friends on the seashore. They were fishermen and had been hard
at work all night with little success. Jesus calls out to them
to try throwing their nets on the other side of the boat, and
suddenly they had such a huge catch that they could hardly haul it
to shore. When they returned to dry land they had breakfast
I love the image of Jesus meeting us in the
ordinary - when we are working - and the domestic image of a group
of friends having a picnic breakfast together. There is
something in that story about touching the divine at any time or in
John's gospel records that after breakfast
Jesus took Peter aside for a personal chat about the work that lay
ahead of him. He told Peter three times 'Feed my sheep'.
Peter and the other disciples went on to become founder members of
the Christian Church and throughout its history taking care of
others has been an important strand of its mission. Of course,
there have been inspirational figures like Mother Theresa who embody
this, but there are many millions more people who quietly try to
follow Jesus' command to love our neighbours as ourselves.
It is a sad feature of our society today
that so many people are in need of the services of food banks.
The one based in Berwick does sterling work, and tries to provide
food parcels that will keep a household going for three days.
St Cuthbert's is a collection point for our local food bank.
Donations of dried or tinned goods are welcome, as are toiletries
and other small items. There will be a box in our porch, so it
is easy to drop gifts off any time that the church is open - usually
every day but Monday. This is one small way in which we can
love our neighbours as ourselves.
Rachel, The Manse
01239 389254 / firstname.lastname@example.org
On a personal
note: The United Reformed Church grants its ministers
a 3 month sabbatical every 10 years. Having reached the grand
total of 30 years of ministry I am taking sabbatical leave from
April to the end of June. Various locums will be looking after
the St Cuthbert's Centre in my absence - in the mean time this
column will go quiet for a while.
|FROM THE VICARAGE
||Revd Dr Paul
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting and
Annual Vestry Meeting will be held this year on Tuesday 19th April
from 7pm in the Reading Room.
At the meetings the churchwardens and
members of the Parochial Church Council are elected for the
Our electoral roll has 73 members and they
are the electorate for the PCC. Application to be added to the
electoral roll should be made to Geoff Porter.
The churchwardens are elected by an
electorate which consists of all Holy Island residents. In this
particular regard a parish church of the Church of England is
accountable to the local community. And the local governance of a
parish church emerges from within the compass of the local residents
it seeks to serve.
The annual report and accounts of the PCC
are available to inspect on the notice board in the church
St Mary's is of course an integral part of
what makes Holy Island a 'national treasure' and as the building
containing the oldest human structure on the island - the Saxon
chancel wall - it is a piece of heritage which remains in the care
of the island community.
This is a great privilege and
responsibility. I know this presently in respect of the need to
restore the west front and porch. I encourage you to support the
annual meeting, keeping alive this piece of local accountability and
Wishing you a very happy
Holy Island Festival 2016
Friday 24th June
Royal Northern Sinfonia
Saturday 25th June
Sunday 26th June
Festival Eucharist 10.45am
with the Scholars of St Martin in the Fields
preacher: Very Revd Christopher Dalliston
[Dean of Newcastle Cathedral]
Headline Concert: The Unthanks
also performing during the weekend
Anna & Martha Raine
The Five Ring Circus