SITEZINE: HOLY ISLAND'S E-MAIL
- A bit from me...
- Holy Island Causeway: user safety
- Letter from a reader
- Holy Island village hall rebuilding appeal
- HM coastguard Holy Island
- Lindisfarne Castle
- Spring arrives late but all the more welcome
- Natural England Lindisfarne NNR
- The "new" Berwickshire and Northumberland marine nature partnership
- Northumberland little tern project
- The non-Jurors
- News from Ford & Etal
- From the community of Aidan and Hilda
- Pause for thought
- Letter to a
|A BIT FROM ME
Welcome to our latest issue of
Sitezine and already over a third
of the year has disappeared into the distance!
Firstly, my apologies to any who were
inconvenienced when our ISP developed an issue preventing emails
being generated from a huge swathe of websites - including ours.
Annoyingly it took several days before it was 'brought to their
attention' and needed second line engineers to overcome it. Then, as
if that hadn't cause enough sleepless nights, along came a series of
intermittent, black-screen, personal computer failures
presaging a hard disc crash - not to be ignored! Coming in the midst
of newsletter publication, one might imagine stress
levels ratchetting up somewhat ...
With 'The Crossman Hall' now about to open,
the valient work of the Village Hall Committee switches to the
'operational phase' which I am sure will bring 'some completely
different' headaches. Very well done to all and I shall definitely
take advantage of the Coffee Morning on 30th May to
This month we are sadly without inputs from
both Paul and Rachel. In their place we have a thought-provoking
'Pause for Thought' written by our Kate (Rev Canon Tristram to
others), a rather lovely poetic reminiscence on the late
Br.Damien from Sue Rylance and a really informative article, 'The
Non-Jurors' sent in by Shaun Spencer. With what might help save
lives, Islander, Ryan Douglas, now working with HM Coastguard in
East-Yorkshire, sends some practical advice. Other interesting,
topical articles have been sent in by RSPB and 'Berwickshire
& Northumberland Marine Nature Partnership'. Thank you to all of
you and particularly to regular writers, Elspeth, Ian, Mhairi,
Nick and Ray without whom we would have no newsletter.
Fouling: Dogs are welcomed on the island so long as
they are accompanied by responsible owners. Visitors write to
express disgust occasionally when they find dog waste on our
pathways, beaches, in the churchyard! You might imagine that
the expressions of residents are far worse when left to tidy up -
especially when there is risk of it being trodden into exhibition
centres, shops and homes. Please be a responsible dog owner.
Gain: A confirming letter that all is well in the
'Shetland' island of 'Feltar':
We were very
touched to receive a lovely picture of Holy Island and a book on
pilgrimage our last Sunday at St Marys. We will treasure both,
thank you very much.
We have now moved
into our new home although parts are like a building site! We are
enjoying its superb location and gradually getting the house in
order. We have been thrilled to see otters, seals, porpoises, grey
lag geese, great skuas, snipe and whimbrel. We were invited
to a wedding celebration our first Saturday- great fun, but our
Shetland dancing skillls definitely need improving!
With best wishes
from the far North (rather cold at present!)
Causeway: In this issue I include further contact
with our county councillor, Cllr Dougie Watkins. Watch this
Have a wonderful May and enjoy our
newsletter. We look forward to getting in touch again
God Bless - Geoff Porter
Stop Press: At the last moment I remebered
to include a reader's letter...
|HOLY ISLAND CAUSEWAY: USER
(Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:54 )
I understand that the PC are taking this
matter up but at the moment are unable to comment.
However, through our newsletter readers are
aware your support was sought on 9th March.
Would you please share with our community
(and/or international circulation - your preference) the progress
you have made or are making on our behalf?
Meanwhile, what was a beautiful, new,
expensive road surface completed by the county just a few years ago
continues to deteriorate - facilitated by the building salt marsh
flush up against the road which results in salt puddles that
accelerate surface erosion to threaten user access and safety.
On 21/04/2016 07:11, Douglas Watkin
responded; "I have had full discussions with the relevant executive
member --Cnc. Ian Swithenbank who also shares our frustration and is
working with officers hopefully to get some action--he is fully
aware of the problem --- I need a member of island community at next
area committee to raise issue !!!!please--I will do it if necessary
but would be good from parish council member
|LETTER FROM A READER
Life is not
defined by the number of breaths that you take, but by the number of
times your breath is taken away!
On a whim, and with a sense of urgency, I
decided to to walk over to Cuthbert's Island from the Holy Island of
Lindisfarne. (The urgency due to the incoming tide).
This was a good decision as this is, to
date, the thinnest place on which I have ever set foot upon. This
saintly man, Cuthbert, at this point in his life being so famous;
yet on the island all I had was an overwhelming sense of, 'I want to
be alone!'. Perhaps the impending pressure of, not his achievements,
but the veneration by others, of him and his achievements were
pressing in like trying to blow up a balloon inside a milk
Then as I left the island and stood in the
salty water watching the gentle currents of the incoming tide, a new
feeling. Not just "I AM", but also "I AM PEACE". It was simply
beyond all comprehension.
I now sit on the shore as the sea now
completes a ring around this small rocky out crop of basalt,
this is now a island in the true sense. A place of isolation. No
food, no water, no shelter, no company apart from the big bumble bee
that saw there. Just you and your Creator. You can keep all the
great Cathedrals and ruined Abbeys, This is a Holy Island!
Senan of Somerset.
ED: * An
interesting concept for a physicist
|HOLY ISLAND VILLAGE HALL REBUILDING
The Crossman Hall
As April draws to a close it's more like
winter than spring and minor work on the new hall continues. The
Contractor has still to complete a number of minor works the biggest
job is the linking the rainwater drain to the main drain. Then after
snagging it's yours!
A number of smaller works were identified
when we went around snagging, these have been notified to and agreed
with the Contractor and action will follow. The biggest fault is in
the main hall where sections of the floor covering have blistered -
the specialist responsible for the floor covering has been informed
and will take appropriate action.
The first of the furniture, tables and
chairs was delivered mid-month and I'm pleased to note the chairs
are more comfortable than those we had in the old hall.
As yet a formal opening day has not been
chosen, but it looks like we will be hosting the Spring Coffee
Morning for our Parish Church, St Mary's.
There have been several expressions of
interest from those looking for an Island venue and whilst the new
hall is primarily for the benefit of the Island we will need
off-Island users to help cover annual running costs.
In recent days I have spent an hour or two
watering the newly laid turf and have been able to overhear many
passers-by expressing their admiration of our new hall and I must
say I think it looks good.
|HM COASTGUARD HOLY ISLAND
do you require do you require, Police, Fire,
When you dial 999 in the United Kingdom,
firstly you are connected with a BT operator, who asks the question,
which service do you require? Once you have stated which service you
require, the BT operator then connects you to the appropriate
control room. If you are unsure which service you need the Operator
will connect you with the Police.
As a Coastguard Officer working at
Coastguard Operations Centre Humber I regularly take 999 calls for
the area between Berwick upon Tweed and Felixstowe, Suffolk, a coast
line stretching over 450 miles.
Generally when a member of the public calls
999 the emergency call handler is their last resort. As you can
imagine most of the emergency calls that we handle the persons on
the other end of the telephone is in a state of panic. The hardest
part of our job can be calming the person down so that we can
extract the vital parts of information from them.
Unlike the other Emergency Service, we deal
with emergency situations on the Coast where it can be very
difficult to pin point a person's location (every sand dune looks
the same), as beaches don't have post codes as there aren't sign
posts at sea. During our training it's instilled into us that we
must locate, locate, locate where the emergency or person is. Before
we have the position we can't do anything to help the
As it can be very difficult to ascertain a
person's location when I take a 999 call and the person on the other
end of the telephone states to me that they are on Holy Island this
makes my job that so much easier as I can visualise exactly what
they can see.
Last week I took a 999 call from an Islander
reporting that a school group were cut off by the tide on St
Cuthbert's Island. My colleague then took a second 999 call from a
member of the public reporting the same incident, here I have the
advantage as in my mind's eye I can visualise exactly what's
As we move now into the busier summer month
and activity on the Island increases please do not hesitate to dial
999 and ask for the COASTGUARD if you come across anything untoward!
We'd rather know about an incident and have not have to do anything,
compared with not knowing about an event and then it being to late
to do anything about it!
However, becoming more common is emergency
situations going unreported as people think that someone else will
reported it, as happened last month in Belfast.
On the 31st March 2016 Belfast Coastguard
reported that 'At 1114 this morning we received a 999 call reporting
a person in the water at Bangor Marina. A gentleman noticed a crowd
looking into the marina from the promenade and had a look to see for
himself what was going on, to notice an elderly man struggling in
the water after falling from his boat. Bangor
Coastguard Rescue Team
was tasked. A Senior Officer from our station attended and rescued
the elderly male from the water. Bangor CRT transported the male to
a local hospital. No one from the crowd of on lookers dialled 999,
or threw any lifesaving equipment.'
To stop any incident like this occurring
please ensure you call the Coastguard in a timely manner!
Coastguard - 999
Coastguard Routine - 01262 672317
During the trial building works at
Lindisfarne, we had been concerned by the presence of some corroded
metal joists in a couple of rooms. This prompted an investigation of
most windows in the building, including one in a bay window in our
conference room; formerly the bedroom used by Edward Hudson on his
visits here. We made a hole in the ceiling above this bay window to
check for metal but instead found a small void. Opposite the wall
above the window in this void was a lath and plaster wall, the
reverse of which showed some pencil markings; 'Tom Bruce, Berwick',
and 'Tom Bruce, 1905'. Digging through the 1901 census, we found a
Tom Bruce who was an apprentice joiner in this area so this was
likely the same man. We filed the information and left it at
Fast forward a couple of months to 13 April,
and a volunteer came into the office with an enquiry from a lady.
The visitor - Pam - said that her grandfather had worked on the
Castle during the renovation by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1903-6 and did
we know anything about him. His name was Tom Bruce...
Apart from a single tweet asking if anyone
in the local area had heard of him or was related (which had no
replies), the discovery of Tom Bruce's pencil markings were not made
public. Pam said she was not a Twitter user and had visited the
Castle to see where her ancestor had worked; only asking the
question on the off-chance. There was no way she could have known we
had discovered these markings. Only one member of staff had been up
and looked closely at the markings, and they had only been found in
that one spot - which was a contentious hole to make as there was
little other evidence of a metal beam being there. We also have
little or no evidence of the individuals who worked on the Castle
back then, and these markings are the only personalised marks by a
craftsman we have ever found here. Add to that the fact that Pam and
her husband Steven had travelled from Western Australia - over 9,000
miles away - on a holiday mainly to look into both of their family
trees and the amazing coincidence of this story is
Tom Bruce died before Pam was born, so this
was the closest she has ever got to him. We showed her photos of the
markings and the census entry, but then realised we could go one
We haven't yet filled in the hole in the
ceiling, so 111 years after her grandfather had been in that exact
spot Pam - with the help of a lamp and a stepladder - was able to
peer into the ceiling void to see what to him would have been a
quick scribble at the end of a job, but to her was an unexpected
glimpse of the grandfather she never knew.
|SPRING ARRIVES LATE BUT ALL THE MORE
Spring really is the most wonderful season
although this year with those bone-chilling northerly winds and
cruel easterlies, it has seemed a long time acoming in.
Those winds kept the temperature down for
long periods and made it fell more like January than April during
the first half of the month, forcing everyone to stay in winter
clothes when they yearned to put them away until autumn.
Then there were those days of incessant
rain. They filled the Rocket Field again to mid-winter levels and
returned the Straight Lonnen to mud. If any further reminder was
needed about the true nature of the season, you'd only to admire the
distant gleaming white tops of Cheviot and Hedgehope away to the
Coming after a dry March with many sunny
days and even a little bit of warmth in the sun, it was a bit of a
shock to the system. Yet, despite the worst endeavours of the
weather, spring did arrive as it always does. Jimmy and
Martin's lambs, born in March, looked splendid. Island gardens
blazed with daffodils, polyanthus and other spring colour.
Wallflowers yellowed the rocks and lanes. Mid-way through the month,
the first whorls of pink Thrift unfurled on the sunny south face of
the Heugh, already shining white with Bladder Campion.
If you could take your eye off the mud at
your feet while trying to get along the Straight Lonnen, the
Blackthorn was white with full flower and the Hawthorns were
greening up nicely.
In contrast, the arrival of spring birds was
affected by the weather, particularly low temperatures. Chiffchaffs,
tiny members of the warbler family, are always amongst the earliest
of migrants. I noticed my first in the village on March 26th. The
same day a little group of migrating Goldcrests gleaned bare
branches in the Straight Lonnen. They might be Europe's smallest
birds but they are tough characters and always among the earliest of
The first Swallows were at the beach sheds
on April 8th but didn't seem to stay. In chillingly low
temperatures, they must have found it incredibly hard to get insect
food. In some years these early arrivals, having just completed a
migration of around 9000 miles from South Africa, perish in the low
temperatures. It wasn't until much later in the month when Swallows
became plentiful and House Martins arrived.
The first Sandwich Terns, always the
earliest terns to arrive, didn't appear off the island until April
10th, a couple of weeks later than usual. Also a fortnight late,
were two other long-distant migrants from Africa, Sand Martins and
Wheatears which arrived on 10th. Ring Ouzels, mountain cousins of
our own familiar Blackbirds often appear at the end of March but
this year none were seen until April 15th. The first Redstart,
also from wintering grounds in Africa, was found on 17th.
Goldcrests, Europe's smallest birds, are always among the earliest spring migrants passing through the island. [ Photograph: Andy Mould
This spring we had the position that flowers
and plants were right on time but migrant birds were later than
usual. The explanation is basic science. Plants have everything they
need at their roots in the soil and in the lengthening hours of
daylight rather than warmth of the sun. On the other hand, birds are
totally reliant on the sun's warmth to produce their food and that
was sadly lacking during the first half of April.
One of the frustrations of writing a column,
particularly one about the arrival of birds, is that it's out of
date by the time it's written and most certainly by the time it
appears. By the time you're reading this many more of our summer
birds will have arrived to settle down to breed.
A much greater number of species,
particularly waders, will have merely passed through the island on
their way to breeding areas in Scandinavia and the further reaches
of the Arctic. Perhaps that's something for me to consider next
My column last month about Brother Damian
seems to have struck a chord with many readers. Their general
message was that the dilemmas Damian found himself in brought back
many happy memories of his time with us on the island.
Thanks to everyone who's been in
|NATURAL ENGLAND LINDISFARNE
It's a changeable time of year on the
Reserve with numbers of geese such as light-bellied brent and
pink-footed reducing as they start migrating back to their breeding
grounds. At the same time we welcome back swallows, sand martins and
terns to the Reserve. With the many skylarks and meadow pipits
breeding throughout the dunes new signage has gone up to help
encourage visitors to keep to paths and keep dogs on leads to give
them room to nest.
We started the month with a series of litter
picks including litter survey which is feeding into a Newcastle
University postgrad project looking at micro-plastics in the
environment. The surveys involved volunteers as well as a group from
Berghaus clothing brand on their away day. We also held a spring
celebration craft day where staff and volunteers made crafts with
the kids and talked to visitors about the NNR. We had a great day
and the children went away with badges, flapping lapwing and little
If you have visited the Lough Hide recently
you may have seen our floating rafts. We are trialling the rafts as
a way of increasing safe breeding areas for birds. They are designed
with steep sloping sides to help keep predators away and topped with
gravel to encourage birds such as terns and gulls to nest there. Our
three seasonal wardens started at the end of April and they will be
working with our volunteers throughout the shorebird breeding
seasons. We also put out a well-received press release asking for
anyone interested in volunteering on the shorebird project to get in
touch -we had a great response but if you would like to help there
are details on the blog.
As mentioned the numbers of geese have
reduced greatly with only 35 light-bellied brent geese, 44
pink-footed geese on the Reserve at the end of April while
short-eared owls continue to be seen on the dunes. Sandwich terns
are now back with around 40 being seen on Goswick and we expect to
welcome back our other terns such as common and arctic terns over
the next couple of weeks.
Reserve Warden, Beal
Tel: 01289 381 470
Mhairi's blog and facebook page can be found at http://lindisfarnennr.blogspot.co.uk/
|THE "NEW" BERWICKSHIRE AND NORTHUMBERLAND
MARINE NATURE PARTNERSHIP
Berwickshire and Northumberland Marine Nature Partnership is a
collaboration of more than 20 Scottish and English organisations
responsible for managing our local inshore waters. The original
partnership was established 16 years ago to proactively manage the
Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast Special Area of
Conservation (SAC) and the Lindisfarne Special Protection Area
(SPA). The new partnership will coordinate management for the entire
network of inshore marine nature conservation designations between
Fast Castle Head in Scotland, and the River Tyne in England.
Partnership members include statutory
regulators such as Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage, the
Environment Agency and Marine Scotland, together with ports and
harbours, local authorities, Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and
Conservation Authority, and conservation charities. Working
together, the partnership will develop a toolkit to help them manage
this suite of important marine areas.
The toolkit will provide management
organisations with the resources they need to effectively manage
these sites, such as accurate mapping, up to date condition
assessments and an inventory of local monitoring activity. It is
hoped that the toolkit will eventually sit on a publicly available
web-hub, so anyone interested in the management of the local marine
environment can learn more.
The partnership project officer, Claire
Hedley, said: "Management of the marine environment can be really
complex, especially in the intertidal zone where land and marine
legislation, policies and organisations overlap. It's even more
complicated when we have sites that cross the Scottish-English
border. Working in partnership is really important and we're excited
to be developing a coordinated approach for the area."
The iconic coastline of Northumberland is
famous for its large sandy bays like those at Bamburgh, Beadnell and
Druridge. The bays are punctuated by rocky headlands that tumble
into the sea to form offshore reefs that support large kelp forests.
Extensive sand and mud flats between Holy Island and the mainland
support large seagrass meadows and dense mussel beds, providing a
rich food source for over-wintering seabirds. The high coastal
cliffs of Berwickshire and the rugged offshore Farne Islands and
Coquet Island support thousands of breeding seabirds in the summer
months. Sea caves created by the pounding waves can plunge for
hundreds of meters into the depths. One of Europe's most important
breeding colonies of grey seal resides on the Farne Islands and at
St Abbs, regularly hauling out on Fenham Flats, while the Tweed and
Aln estuaries are important havens for fish.
The Partnership chairman, Tom Cadwallender,
said: "the shallow sea, shores and estuaries of Berwickshire and
Northumberland are home to some of the most spectacular marine life
in world. With so many people involved in management, the
partnership really helps us to work together to protect these
Summer 2016 Events
Berwickshire and Northumberland Marine Nature Partnership
21st July 10.00am - 11.30am
Join us on a short walk along
the shore to survey stranded jellyfish. Learn about jellyfish
ecology, species identification, and how the results help us to
understand about the effects of climate change. Family event but
participants must be able to walk for about 1km along the shore.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. To book your places and to
receive your joining instructions please follow this link www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jellyfish-walk-tickets-24458474957
Places are limited so book early!
Contact Claire Hedley for
Tel: 01670 622 651.
Safari and Jellyfish Walk
The Berwickshire and Northumberland Marine Nature
Monday 22nd July 10.00am - 12.30am
Coldingham Bay, Berwickshire
Come and explore the wonderful plants and animals of the
rocky shore, then join us on a short walk to hunt for stranded
jellyfish. Learn about the influence of the daily tides, species
identification, jellyfish ecology, and fun facts about the plants
and animals living in the marine environment. The shore can be
uneven and slippery so please wear sturdy footwear that you don't
mind getting a little wet. Family event but children must be
accompanied by an adult. To book your places and to receive your
joining instructions please follow this link www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rocky-shore-safari-and-jellyfish-walk-tickets-24458535137
Places are limited so book early!
Contact Claire Hedley for
Tel: 01670 622 651.
Rocky Shore Safari
Berwickshire and Northumberland Marine Nature Partnership
5th August 10.00am - 11.30am
explore the wonderful plants and animals of the rocky shore with a
guided tour from Claire Hedley, the Berwickshire and Northumberland
Marine Nature Partnership Manager. Learn about the influence of the
daily tides, species identification, and discover fun facts about
the different plants and animals living in the marine environment.
The shore can be uneven and slippery so please wear sturdy footwear
that you don't mind getting a little wet. Family event but children
must be accompanied by an adult. To book your places and to receive
your joining instructions please follow this link www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rocky-shore-safari-tickets-24458798926
are limited so book early!
Contact Claire Hedley for
Tel: 01670 622 651.
The Berwickshire and Northumberland Marine Nature
Northumberland Wildlife Trust - Living
Newcastle University - Capturing Our Coast
September 10.00am - 12.00 noon
us on a rocky shore recording bonanza! This is an exciting
opportunity to learn about marine plants, animals and survey skills.
Beadnell is one of the most diverse rocky shores in Europe, so we
should find plenty of interesting species. Open to all levels of
knowledge but participants should be 16yrs or older. The shore can
be uneven and slippery so please wear sturdy footwear that you don't
mind getting a little wet. Recording equipment will be provided, but
please feel free to bring your own ID guides if you have them. To
book your places and to receive your joining instructions please
follow this link www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rocky-shore-bioblitz-tickets-24458959406
Places are limited so book early!
Contact Claire Hedley for
Tel: 01670 622 651.
|NORTHUMBERLAND LITTLE TERN
Volunteers needed to protect rare seabirds in
The Northumberland Little Tern Project is
looking for volunteers to protect vulnerable nesting shorebirds this
summer. This includes endangered little terns, ringed plovers
Little terns spend their winter on the west
coast of Africa and return to our coastline at the end of April.
These rare birds nest on the beach along with other shorebirds and
are very susceptible to disturbance.
In Northumberland, little terns are
predominantly found on the National Trust Long Nanny site at
Beadnell beach and Natural England's Lindisfarne National Nature
Reserve (NNR), which stretches from Budle Bay to Berwick.
The Northumberland Little Tern Project is a
partnership between the National Trust, Natural England, RSPB and
the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which
provides additional funding to the sites that Natural England and
the National Trust have been protecting for many years. With
this support, extra seasonal staff help protect the sites, provide
new information signs and additional fencing to enclose nesting
Chantal Macleod-Nolan, EU LIFE Little Tern
Project Co-ordinator, said "Last year we had a really good outcome
with 44 pairs of little terns nesting on the Northumberland coast
and 52 chicks fledging by the end of the season. The terns had a
difficult summer with high tides, human disturbance and persistent
predators, and only persevered due to the continued efforts of nine
staff and a team of 20 dedicated volunteers working around the clock
across both sites. Without this hard-working team, we wouldn't be
able to protect these birds and as a result, volunteer recruitment
is crucial to the little tern's breeding success again this
Volunteers are essential for the protection
of our breeding shorebirds, as engaging beach-users about the
significance of the fenced off areas and the importance for
dog-walkers to keep their dogs on leads makes a huge difference to
the breeding success of these small visitors. The observational
research data collected by these volunteers also contributes to a
wider national shorebird protection scheme, with the information
used to further the protection of these sensitive birds.
The enthusiastic team of wardens and
volunteers monitor the shorebirds throughout the breeding season and
raise public awareness, all while enjoying the stunning
The Northumberland Little Tern Project is
hosting a volunteer information meeting on Friday 22 April 2016
between 10:30am-12:30pm at the National Trust Office, Low Newton by
Take a left after the Tin Church, Newton
Point, Alnwick, NE66 3EL.
To book a place, please contact: email@example.com
or call Natural England (01289 381470) / National Trust (01665
One has to start somewhere, I guess. Imagine
that this is the 'June issue'; one of the lives to be remembered
this month is that of the Non-Juror, Thomas Ken. The reader may be
well aware of who Thomas Ken was ; and who or what was a Non-Juror.
Just in case, however... let us take the month of June in the year
1688. At that time 7 Bishops of the Church of England enjoyed the
status of 'national treasures'. It didn't last. Only a few years
later five of these Bishops and 400 clergy besides were turned out ;
their places were filled by Low Churchmen.
What, then is the story?
The Seven Bishops were Sancroft ( Archbishop
of Canterbury), Lloyd (Saint Asaph), Turner (Ely), Lake
(Chichester), Thomas Ken, the hymn writer (Bath and Wells), White
(Peterborough) and Trelawney, the Cornishman (Bristol).
They had spent time in the Tower charged, at
the instigation of King James II, with seditious libel. In brief,
they had presented to James a courteously-worded Petition
contradicting the King's claimed entitlement to dispense with the
Acts of Parliament imposing civil disabilities upon the Roman
Catholics and Dissenters ;further protesting against the order that
the dispensation be read from every pulpit in the land.
The proceedings aroused great popular
feeling in favour of the Bishops. Readers will recall the
contemporary ditty :
"And shall Trelawney die? And shall
There's twenty thousand Cornish boys will
know the reason why!"
The trial took place in the Court of King's
Bench. The bishops were acquitted, to tumultuous applause. Public
celebrations knew no bounds. The trial and its outcome contributed
to the downfall of King James and the usurpation of the throne by
Prince William of Orange and his wife, Mary (James' elder
Attempts by the House of Stuart to reclaim
its inheritance failed, bloodily, in 1715 and 1745.
William, having initially been greeted as a
saviour, was not popular. Let's face it, he was an immigrant; from
Europe; he had taken an Englishman's job ; his religion, if he had
one, was Calvinist. Worst of all, he favoured his Dutch henchmen:
think of Bentinck (later Duke of Portland), Keppel (later Duke of
Albemarle), Ginkel (later Earl of Athlone). English aristocratic
noses well out of joint.
William thought it prudent then to require
oaths of allegiance from all those of any account. After all, the
English had ratted on James: no doubt they could rat on him, if
The requirement to swear allegiance applied
to all bishops and clergy. Of the Seven Bishops mentioned above,
Sancroft, Lake, Ken, White and Lloyd refused to take the oaths. They
were 'Non-Jurors'. They had sworn allegiance to James II; they could
not, in conscience, swear allegiance to another.
The consequences were drastic. The
Non-Jurors were turned out of their places. All except Lake who had
had the good sense to die first. The vacancies thus created were
filled by men of a different stamp. Some would say the Church never
recovered from this.
The Non-Jurors carried on for a while as a
small separate Church. Strength resides, however, in numbers : they
wished to ally themselves to some greater and legitimate authority.
The Church of Rome was out of the question . Like the Lutherans
before them ( and with the same lack of success) they paid court to
the Eastern Orthodox Churches. There is (a minority taste, perhaps)
a most interesting correspondence between the Non-Jurors and the
Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. The object was to establish
if there was sufficient concordance on points of doctrine. Their
differences were too great. The discussions foundered. The
congregation of Non-Jurors simply petered
|NEWS FROM FORD & ETAL
May Events at Ford &
2nd & 30th
May "Bubble Trains" at Heatherslaw Light Railway
Free bubbles for all children travelling on the
railway (while stocks last) - blow a cloud of bubbles as the trains
14th May Live Music at Etal
Village Hall - Sunjay
With a relaxed and confident
manner, vocal style and mastery of his instrument as he walks onto a
stage and addresses an audience as though he is sitting down to play
music with a group of close friends; a completely natural approach
for a young man who picked up the guitar when he was just 4 years
old and hasn't put it down since.
Contact Helen or Steve for
tickets and further information. All 'Etal Live Music' events
have a bar. Tickets £12.00 - can be paid by cash or cheque by
calling at 22 Etal or Taylor and Green's furniture workshop at the
riverside, or by post to Steve Taylor, 22 Etal Village,
Cornhill-on-Tweed TD12 4TW.
open 7.30, music starts 8pm.
14th & 15th
May National Mills Weekend - theme 'vintage power'
To celebrate National Mills weekend Heatherslaw
Cornmill is offering half-price admission on Sunday 15th May.
Visit Heatherslaw Mill to see vintage power at its best - the
restored 19th century machinery makes delicious flour from locally
grown wheat. Then pop up the road to Hay Farm Heavy Horse
Centre - as seen on Countryfile, not only is the centre home to the
rare breed Clydesdale Horses but it has an array of vintage
machinery and farming memorabilia on display.
15th May North
Northumberland Bird Club annual Dawn Chorus Walk
The annual North
Northumberland Bird Club Dawn Chorus Walk meets at 5am in the car
park beside Etal Castle. All are welcome, with
non-members of the Club being asked to pay a modest contribution.
Breakfast will follow, with a donation to a nominated charity
charity (to be confirmed).
It's been a slow spring across the area this
year but the first summer migrants have arrived. The first
Chiffchaff was heard close to Heatherslaw on beautiful sunny Good
Friday morning (25th March) and there are now plenty in the woods.
There was an 'exultation' of Skylarks on the estate on 31st March -
some 30-40 on a newly-sown corn field, very probably on their way
further north. The first Sand Martins have just arrived and we are
now listening out for Swallows and Willow Warblers. Sightings of
birds around Ford & Etal are always welcome, via the main
contact e-mail address for this website. Also, check here for other
interesting bird news from the area.
Farmers Market 9am-3pm
This year a
traditional farmers market is being held every third Sunday in the
month at Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre - visit to buy fresh locally
produced food, gifts and crafts - and meet the horses while you're
Antiques & Collectors Fair 10am-4pm
Held in Etal Village Hall, there will be a
range of quality antiques and collectable items including:
Furntiure, Ceramics, Fabrics, Pictures, Silverware & Jewellery,
Vintage Clothing, Watches, Fishing Tackle and more!
Tea, coffee and home
baking. Entry fee 50p
British Dressage Event, Etal
Annual dressage event with proceeds to
30th May Craft Fair, 11am-3pm
This popular craft fair returns to Etal Village
Hall with a range of excellent foodies and crafters selling a
selection of local delicacies and crafts made in North
Northumberland. Whether you're treating yourself or looking for a
special gift this is the place to find it. Free admission,
|FROM THE COMMUNITY OF AIDAN AND
Graham and Ruth Booth have settled in
successfully to their house in Fetlar, Shetland Isles. Their nearest
rail station is in Norway. Two of our Liverpool community members,
who are touring Scotland in their camper van, will be the first to
visit them next month. In July Carol Few and in August I hope to
make the long trek there. They say their season is one month - July.
So Carol is the lucky one!
Meanwhile interviews for possible new Open
Gate wardens take place in May. Graham's great interest in local
nature will continue to be reflected. In May at The Open Gate Mark
Winter (of Even Sparrows) offers guided bird watching walks for
beginners and keen bird watchers. After that geologist and bird
watcher Paul Swinhoe leads a Saints and Seabirds week with Carol Few
offering spiritual direction.
Several pilgrim groups who have walked from
Iona to Holy Island have incorporated the newly extended nature
trail called John Muir Way in their route http://johnmuirway.org/ .
This ends at Dunbar and walkers continue south along the coast to
here. Through our members or friends there we are developing links
with Dunbar, which houses the John Muir Centre at the birth place of
this increasingly well-known naturalist and writer. He describes his
sudden splash into pure wildness as 'baptism in Nature's warm
heart', and wrote 'it is a great comfort to learn the vast
multitudes of creatures, great and small and infinite in number,
lived and had a good time in God's love before man was created.' In
USA he is often known as the Father of National Parks.
The International Community of Aidan and Hilda
|PAUSE FOR THOUGHT
||Revd Canon Kate
A comment on the
words in St. John's Gospel ch.14: 'In my father's house there are
many dwelling-places...I go to prepare a place for you.'
One of the happiest words in our language
must be the word 'welcome'. Think of a light shining through an open
doorway on a dark night and your friend standing at the door and
saying, 'Welcome! It's lovely to see you.' Then think of that poor
Prodigal Son on his way home to his father, hoping that he would at
least be given work and food. That his father would welcome him with
open arms and the fatted calf - that must have been beyond the
wildest fantasy of his starved and aching body and mind. That
parable has given many people the strength to journey through life
with greater hope: the hope that at journey's end the gates of
heaven would swing wide open for them and the trumpets would sound a
welcome for yet another of God's returning children.
You can't tell the Gospel story without
using the word 'welcome'. Jesus was that kind of person. He received
tax-collectors and sinners into his friendship and at his table. He
welcomed the leper and even touched him; he welcomed the Gentile
Centurion and praised his faith. He blessed small children and their
mothers, whom the disciples would have sent away. He affirmed a
group of women and let them travel in his company. He welcomed the
prostitute who washed his feet with her tears and the notorious
chief tax-collector who climbed a tree to see him. He responded to
the thief on the cross and took him with him through into
We know that Jesus was not always welcome in
return. But we Christians have learned to look at the Cross and see,
not merely a man's arms forcibly held apart by nails, nor even
merely an incredibly loving man opening wide his arms for us, but
right to the heart of God himself. Jesus is our clue to the nature
of God. If Jesus had a loving welcome and open arms for all then
there is a loving welcome in that mysterious depth and centre of all
life we call 'God'. 'He who has seen me has seen the Father'.
A welcoming God asks us to become welcoming
people. When we meet anyone we can help we may be sure God is there
too. When anyone offers to help us there also is God. He comes to us
in the things that happen, to transform these things; 'not to lift
us out of life but to prove his power within it.'. And then, at the
end of our time here, he does lift us out of life, and into what?
Jesus tells us that the Father has many dwelling-places. Just as
Jesus on earth welcomed such a rag-bag and hotch-potch of people, he
will welcome into heaven perhaps many who never knew him under his
earthly name but yet shared something of his spirit. And then he
assures us that there will be a place for us: our own place, which
we can call home, a right place for us to continue to grow into the
people God means us to be. And he will be there and we shall know
him as he is. And then the word 'welcome' will continue to be, there
as here, one of the happiest words in the language.
|LETTER TO A FRANCISCAN
LETTER TO A FRANCISCAN
Your voice echoes in your letters and
despite you lying in your coffin, or possibly
have made it to the Alnwick Crematorium with Brother John.
funeral was a masterpiece in spirituality and kindness.
brothers in their brown habits
leant an air of the
which perhaps silenced the congregation.
funerals I've attended have seemed
more like a cocktail
in the Nave
whilst the deceased lies silent
You would have been amazed at the number of
who came to say goodbye.
There was a Homily - you
would have laughed
as many of us did at your
of collecting stacks of parking tickets.
Damian, did you not tell me
that you played the ukelele
You would have enriched our Peruvian Patchamankas.
brothers placed your ukele
on a chair draped with your brown
A photo, perhaps thirty or so, very good looking
setting hearts fluttering.
I am at a loss now your
body has gone.
As a poet friend said to me this
these losses stack up like pancakes
take us ever
deeper so we are able
to tune into others and help them.
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