|SITEZINE: HOLY ISLAND'S E-MAIL MAGAZINE
||1st April 2017|
- A bit from me...
- Crossman Hall
- Lindisfarne Castle
- Early migrants add to the island's Spring scene
- HM Coastguard Holy Island
- All aboard to learn about coastal buses
- Peregrini Lindisfarne Landscape Partnership
- From the Open Gate
- News from Ford & Etal
- From our United Reformed Church minister
- From the Vicarage
- Parish Diary
- St Cuthbert's Centre Diary
- Pause for thought
Photo: Nick Lewis (Lindisfarne Castle)
|A BIT FROM ME
Dear *|MMERGE3|* ,
Welcome to Spring and our April issue of
'SitEzine' - our stay in touch newsletter.
As a first for 'SitEzine' we start with a message from a subscriber whose topical letter highlights something
that is at the top of all our residents 'worry list':
We have just come back from a week's holiday, as usual we
had a wonderful time came back nicely relaxed, we saw the Deer
again got some more photo's when I down load them shall send
you some, was really nice to see they were still on the
The only thing that put a downer was the fact we heard
about the council wanting to build on the coach park and over
flow car park, we did sign the petition but was surprised that
there was no posters any where on the Island and also
surrounding towns, with the thousand of people who come on the
Island they need to see where they can sign the petition and
not just in the pub, it will make it more accessible for
Have you heard of Change.org were you can put a petition
out there for every one to see, it has such an historical and
archaeological interests everyone will want to sign, please do
not let it be spoilt, if the rumours are true and they want to
build a Premier Inn and we all know what comes with
them, all the village shops will not be able to
compete so might end up with them all closing and the heart of
the village ripped out.
With all best wishes
David & Angela Pescod
(Border Collie) even our Budgie loved his
Christian heritage and natural history make Holy Island a place of uniqueness. Known throughout the world
countless numbers of pilgrims and visitors are welcomed to
our shores each year - focused on the 7th century monastic site
now occupied by our Parish Church.
The way it was: Throughout
the 20th century Holy Island was represented locally on the Berwick
The way it is: In more
recent times local control passed to Northumberland County Council
and the huge area of north northumberland, of which our
tiny community is only part, is represented by a
single 'County Councillor'. At one NCC meeting held on the
island their tourism officer referred to our island as a 'honey pot'.
Clearly Holy Island residents and island
culture are no longer consulted nor recognised.
At a stroke, NCC notified that they have
decided to sell part of our central car park. This is an area which
is currently adjacent to our only public disabled toilets and
reserved for the use of visiting disabled drivers.
At a residents meeting, called
by Holy Island 'Parochial Church Council', it was
agreed to enhance our protest with a formal online petition.
Protect Holy Island; stop the sale of land for
UK-Citizens : to learn more and add your
name to our petition please visit: "
NON-UK-Citizens : to learn more and add your name to our
petition please visit: " NON-UK
Now I return to to the more usual form of our newsletter and hope
that you enjoy this picture taken from the Heugh...
Photo: Paul Armstrong (The Ship Inn - Holy Island)
The vantage position of Paul's recent
drone-picture reflects the dry spell the Island is going through. In
fact, as I write, this is yet another clear blue day with the Sun
hot enough to carry out yet another lawn-cutting session in
With barely two weeks to go before Easter,
visitor-numbers are already building. Even on weekdays there can be
4 or 5 coaches in the 'coach park' and 30 or 40 cars in the 'main
car park'. It has a feel of becoming a really very busy year. If you
are visiting us over the coming or any holiday period I suggest
that, to avoid a full car park, you get here as early as the tide
table allows. 'Blue-Badge' drivers are able to drive further into
the village and use our disabled car park where public toilets are
close at hand.
For those contemplating parking outside the
village, do bear in mind that this narrow, scenic road was built for
the use of only 160 residents with builder's trucks, delivery vans
etc. using the road daily. In the coming months, it will become very
busy indeed when it is shared by over half-a-million other road
users. And the congestion from our single-lane causeway bridge is
something to behold. Please be a caring and patient road user...
Even after over 20 years, personal
excitement mounts as I contemplate the Easter-arrival of the Northern
Cross pilgrims. Look forward to their arrival across the Pilgrims Way
on Good Friday and the attendant, flower-bedecked crosses paraded in our
Parish Church filled to bursting point on Easter Sunday.
So far as the newsletter is concerned we have a fairly full
bag for you: in particular Kate's 'Pause for Thought', is about Mothers
day and includes a recipe (another first for the
newsletter) for simnel cake! Rev Paul includes pictures regarding necessary
church renovations; Rev Rachel with a favourite story from the bible;
Nick has the latest status on Lindisfarne Castle, David
includes happenings with the new village hall (including kitchen progress!);
Ryan who reports on our coast guard matters; Elspeth with details
of the nearby 'Ford & Etal' Easter programme; Kevin summarising a
recent visitor-session at the Open Gate; and always a personal favourite
for me is Ian's birding report. From the surrounding areas:
Iain from NCC's 'AONB' includes an invitation to anyone working in tourism and
hospitality to come along for a free ride on the Arriva MAX
service from Alnwick to Belford and on the trip learn all about public
transport in the area; David includes his monthly input from the
And as I round off this editorial, I can
report that Rev Canon David Adam has just phoned. He is appalled at NCC's proposal
to sell off this land and has voiced his emphatic support to our
petition. He will be encouraging his friends to join the petition and
write directly to Northumberland County Council. In the first instance, resident Lesley
Andrews (Campaign Creator) suggests the following points of
Friends of the 'Holy Island of
Lindisfarne' this is our hour of need. Never before have we needed your support more.
We look forward to staying in touch again in
May and hopefully with better news.
With Kind Regards,
|HOLY ISLAND PARISH COUNCIL
HOLY ISLAND PARISH
Windsor Cottage, 3 Lewin's Lane, Holy
Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland TD15 2SB
John A Bevan Tel: (01289) 389359 Email: email@example.com
GREEN LANE CAR PARK
REFERENDUM ON NEW BUILD
At the Parish Council Meeting on Monday March 20th a proposal to
hold a referendum on the question of introducing restrictions on the
type of new residential housing that can be built on the Island was
passed unanimously by the Parish Council with the support of 100% of
the residents attending the meeting.
County Council has been advised of this and the referendum, will take place
at a date to be advised.
CLERK TO HOLY ISLAND PARISH
It has been a good month. The Contractor has
begun working on the kitchen and it will be up and running by
Talking of Easter, the Trustees will hold a
Coffee Morning on Monday 17 April for the Hall funds. Please come
along and enjoy the gossip and sticky buns. After a quick clean up
the hall will feature a concert by 'Pipes & Fiddles' playing
music from the Borders from 3 o'clock until 4:30ish.
The keen eyed amongst you, when you next
visit the Hall, will note that a new colourful painting is located
in sitting area on the north side.
The painting, as yet untitled, is by Jenny
Moffat, fine art graduate turned specialist teacher. The painting
has an in-built mystery that allows my mind to wander through the
past into the eighth century. By then the Viking trader/raiders had
explored the Baltic and passed through the Great Russian Rivers to
the Black Sea and on to Constantinople.
Having passed through rich Byzantium and
Islamic territories on their journeys to and from home to the Black
Sea and always looking to add value to their cargo albeit trading
slaves or high value goods I'm sure, when they saw the finely
illustrated manuscripts, Icons and decorated buildings in the
Eastern Mediterranean and Russia. The secrets and value of the
opulent colours used in their production may well have appealed to
the Viking for their own use and to be traded. So they probably
collected a scholar or two to take the skills back North.
During the same time period the flamboyant
use of colour and the skill shown in the production of manuscripts
and images travelled from Byzantium across Europe often being used
on Christian manuscripts. As exampled by the Lindisfarne Gospels
produced here on Holy Island.
Look carefully at Jenny's fine painting and
I am sure you will note the influence of the Gospels and hints of
Viking art all brought together in a celebration of the Island
More good news that we were unable to
announce earlier, our Hall has been short-listed by the Royal
Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in their competition;
Northern England, Community Building of the year.
The Judges visited the Hall and spent more
than an hour on site. Now we must wait until late April when the
winner will be announced. Fingers crossed.
The low point of the month; we are still
waiting for our Legal Advisor to conclude an easement to cross land
and install a drain from the hall to the main sewer!
David - firstname.lastname@example.org
Having made it through November, December and January without
losing a day to the weather, the onset of Storm Doris in February
kept the scaffolders from scaffolding for six whole days, which is
the first real set back we have had since the work started. I'm told
though that this shouldn't affect the 'critical path' too much, as
other jobs can be progressed further elsewhere while the scaffolding
catches up - pending no more 'Dorises' that is. In a few weeks' time
the eastern building will have a temporary roof erected over the top
in order to allow lead work to be repaired and in some areas the
roof structure to be altered. This is to change the way rainwater is
removed from the roof space, which at present places to much
pressure on one single downpipe. The weather will play a part with
this job as the roof can only be covered if the wind stays below
15mph, which as you can imagine is a bit of long shot. The working
levels of the scaffold will also be wrapped to allow for a better
environment for lime pointing, but that too is reliant on a few calm
days in a row.
One other slight delay was caused by the 300kg hoist on the south
scaffold being put out of action for a couple of weeks. This is
mainly used for getting heavy bags of sand and lime into the Castle,
and heavy bags of waste out. During the strong winds, the cable
controlling the hoist became entangled in the mechanism, and of
course this happened half-way up the 100ft scaffold, making
maintenance tricky. The required new part for the cable was ordered
in from Germany and engineers were able to repair the hoist, but
time was lost to this damage.
Conservator John and I had our first peek at the furniture left
in the Castle at the start of the works to check everything was ok.
The pieces - two huge dressers, a settle, a table and a shelving
unit - were all packed inside plywood or hardboard boxes, some on
wheels to allow mobility where required. Creating such
micro-climates can lead to mould growth and, potentially, pest
problems later in the year so checking is something we will be doing
regularly. This time all was well with only the inevitable layer of
dust to be found. Some of my volunteers might just mutter something
about 'no change there then'!
Finds of interest have been few and far between in this project
so far, although I did tell you about the George VI coin a few
months ago and the old drain in the Dining Room last month. Recently
though during paint stripping work we did start to see designs
appearing on the Kitchen and East Bedroom walls. Initially they were
fairly irregular and on a small scale (in the Kitchen) but more
investigations in the East Bedroom have found them to be regular and
potentially widespread. We are getting some specialist advice on the
designs and are trying to stay calm about the whole thing, but
actually this is potentially very exciting and significant.
Hopefully I can update you further in the near future.
A date for your diaries; on Thursday 6th April at 6.30pm we are
having an emergency exercise with the Fire Service to see how their
plan for tackling a blaze at the Castle would work, and where it falls
short. Please don't worry if you hear sirens or see blue lights.
There shouldn't be any impact on water pressure, but if there is it
should be minimal and very temporary.
@NTLindisfarne // 01289 389903 (press 1, then
|EARLY MIGRANTS ADD TO THE ISLAND'S SPRING SCENE
Spring really is in the air. The proof is
all around us with myriads of daffodils brightening up the village,
Blackbirds, Song Thrushes, Dunnocks, Wrens and Robins in full song,
Lapwings tumbling over the fields and the wonderfully cheerful sound
As far as birding is concerned, I don't
consider that spring has truly arrived until I see the first early
migrants. So my season didn't really get started until March 20 when
the island's first Wheatear was in Sandham Bay and our first members
of the warbler family, Chiffchaffs, appeared in the village and in
the trees at the Lough.
Both of these species were around a week
earlier than usual, a reflection of the generally mild conditions
we've enjoyed through March after a similarly gentle winter. I hope
in saying that I'm not tempting fate to punish us with some April
Chiffchaffs and Wheatears are usually the
first spring migrants on the island, way ahead of Swallows, House
Martins, Whitethroats and other common species which most people
generally regard as the harbingers of spring.
Chiffchaffs in their colours of olive green
and the palest yellow mainly winter around the Mediterranean and so
are comparatively medium-distance migrants. They don't breed on the
island although a few years ago I did see one taking nesting
materials into a nettle bed at the side of the Straight Lonnen. I
checked the spot repeatedly but there was no evidence of breeding
having occurred. Most of the Chiffchaffs we get during March and
April are probably bound for breeding areas further north in
Scotland and across the North Sea in Scandinavia.
Wheatears are always one of the smartest
spring migrants. Their plumage is a mixture of grey, black, white
and warm buff. One of their most striking features are white rumps
which flash as they flit along field walls or among the rocks on the
Heugh or along the shore.
That white rump gave them their old rather
risqué name of "white arse." It wasn't until the early Victorian era
with the sensitivities which marked the era, that the name was
considered a bit too naughty. The term Wheatear then came into play.
They have occasionally bred on the island
and in a couple of seasons I've found newly-fledged young at the
Quarry and among the tumble of rocky outcrops between the Castle and
lime kilns. Wheatears conceal their nests in holes in the ground or
in rock crevices so it's likely that these young had come from local
However, the vast majority are merely
passing through the area for nesting areas further northwards.
In a few weeks time when our Wheatears are already nesting, we'll
get another run of birds which are larger and more robust. They need
to be because these Wheatears are destined for breeding grounds in
Iceland, Greenland and even arctic Canada and face gruelling North
A newly arrived spring Wheatear. Picture: Tim Dean
Since the last Ice Age they have evolved to
continually venture further westwards from Europe to nest. Despite
that, like our own Wheatears, they return to ancestral wintering
areas in Africa, a 16,000-mile round trip, double the distance
covered by our British birds. Weighing only one ounce, they have the
distinction of being the only songbirds regularly to cross the
Atlantic. The super abundance of Arctic insects obviously makes that
epic and highly risky journey worthwhile.
Other early signs of migration from around
March 20 included small band of Goldcrests busily feeding their way
along the bushes in the Straight Lonnen and a big north westerly
movement of Meadow Pipits across the island.
Many of our Meadow Pipits winter in the Low
Countries and migrate back to Britain during March and April to take
up breeding sites, mainly in the uplands. However, on the island we
do have a substantial breeding population, thanks to the abundance
of rough pastureland and dunes.
The other day I was on the Heugh sheltering
on the east side of the watchtower from a strong westerly wind which
was whipping up white horses across the flooded flats. Despite the
conditions, small groups of pipits were coming in from the south
east, flitting low over the water and trying to keep out of the
worst of the wind.
It was very obvious that most of them on
reaching the island quickly dropped into cover for a well-eared rest
after what must have been a really tough North Sea crossing. But
migrating small birds are tough characters and after a brief
stopover most of them rose again into the wind and battled on north
|HM COASTGUARD HOLY ISLAND
||Ryan Douglas |
First responders launched on Holy Island
North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) has been working with
islanders and partner agencies on Holy Island in Northumberland to
recruit, train and deploy a team of first responders.
Co-responders and Community First Responders (CFRs) volunteer to
help North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) by responding to life
threatening emergencies within their local community prior to the
arrival of an ambulance.
Working closely with the HM Coastguard, the parish council and
local residents, NEAS has now provided training for six
co-responders to deal with first aid emergencies on the island.
Responders are often everyday members of the general public who
are trained by NEAS in basic first aid and life support. They are
provided with oxygen and a defibrillator and are deployed by NEAS to
life threatening emergencies, such as chest pain, breathing
difficulties, cardiac arrest, and unconsciousness, if they are the
nearest resource, followed by the next nearest emergency care
They exist in cities, towns and villages where it may be a
challenge for the emergency ambulance to arrive within the crucial
first few minutes. Their aim is to provide immediate care to a
patient where every second counts; a patient who suffers a cardiac
arrest stands a much better chance of survival if someone with a
defibrillator can attend the patient in the first minutes of
Alex Mason, NEAS Community Development Officer, said: "Holy
Island is an island cut off from the main land twice a day by the
tide, with a population of around 160 permanent residents with
hundreds of thousands of visitors. In the event of any
incidents on the island, we already work closely with the HM
Coastguard to agree the best option for access to and from the
island be that land, sea or air. However, having responders on the
island will provide even more support to patients and our
The HM Coastguards are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
and are on call at all times, some also have other working
commitments such as Kyle Luke, Coastguard Rescue Officer, who owns
the popular 'Crown and Anchor' pub on the island and Emma Rothera,
Coastguard Rescue Officer who is also a landscape photographer and
Whilst CFR training was on going, HM Coastguard officers attended
two emergency incidents on the island.
Kyle says, "We have seen this weekend just how difficult it can
be to get access to the island during an emergency. Having CFRs who
are able to deal with situations when the emergency services can't
get to the patient easily is massively beneficial to us."
Now trained, the new team have been issued with standard
equipment including an automated defibrillator, oxygen, suction unit
and simple airways adjuncts. They are also issued with a range of
medical consumables, such as dressings.
Alex continues: "When HM Coastguard staff are on station, they
will log on to show that they are available and in the event of an
ambulance being unable to access Holy Island or to get immediate
care to the casualty, the Co-Responders can be paged by the HM
Coastguard Operation's room and communicate directly with us."
The Island community already have access to a Community Public
Access Defibrillator (CPAD), with a number of residents who are
trained in its use.
A spokesperson from Holy Island Parish Council explains, "We are
delighted by the completion of this training. Since the
removal of the Boulmer Air Sea Rescue we have been in regular
dialogue with NEAS and the HM Coastguard to ensure that the
Emergency Services can reach the island quickly at high tide and in
bad weather. Having resources based on the island with a
number of islanders trained in their use is really important.
This is greatly welcomed and our thanks go to HM Coastguard, NEAS
and in particular to the volunteers themselves."
In 2016, there was 26,341 life threatening or potentially life
threatening incidents in the Northumberland Clinical Commissioning
Group (CCG) area. Of those, 1,477 were responded to by community
first responders from schemes in Berwick, Belford, Wooler and
Seahouses. This further development in Holy Island is part of
county and region wide recruitment for responders to boost resources
across the North East.
As well as the CFR schemes, there are also more than 75 community
public access defibrillators (CPAD) across Northumberland, with
hundreds of members of the community trained by NEAS to undertake
basic first aid.
Alex adds: "A responder's
role may be to simply provide vital reassurance to patients and their families but
in extreme cases such as a cardiac arrest, they will be
able to perform CPR and use a defibrillator to deliver
a shock to the person's heart that
will make an enormous difference their patient's chance of
survival and the quality of their life in recovery."
On Sunday 19th of March the Holy Island Team completed training
at Berwick with our S-92 HM Coastguard Helicopter out of Prestwick.
Both our helicopters out of Prestwick and Humberside have
attended the Island during March to assist with medical
|ALL ABOARD TO LEARN ABOUT COASTAL BUSES
||Iain Robson |
The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership have teamed up with Arriva North
East to offer people working in tourism a free bus journey with a
difference next month.
Anyone working in tourism and hospitality is
encouraged to come along for a free ride on the Arriva MAX service
along the Northumberland coast from Alnwick to Belford. On the trip,
people will be able to learn all about public transport in the area
so that they can confidently tell their customers how to travel
around this summer.
Staff from Arriva and the AONB Partnership
will be on-hand throughout the trip providing information about
routes, tickets, discounts and the Arriva App. They will be joined
by award-winning B&B owner Jeff Sutheran from Seahouses who will
be explaining how a good knowledge of local transport can be
beneficial to business.
Chris Curtis, commercial manager at Arriva
North-East said "Using the bus is a great way to explore the
Northumberland coast. Giving people working on the front line in the
tourism industry the knowledge to confidently give travel advice to
visitors is the aim of the day.
"Arriva North East has listened to feedback
and is reducing the cost of some short journeys along the Coast. The
summer timetable is also being extended to offer an hourly service
along the Coast between Alnwick and Belford from the beginning of
May until the end of September"
The North Northumberland Tourism Association
(NNTA) will also be unveiling new journey planners on the trip which
will be available for people to take away. Jeff Sutheran, Chair of
the NNTA said "Surveys have shown that providing easy to follow
journey-planning information is a great way of encouraging people to
take a car-free day or explore somewhere new.
"There will be a journey planner for each of
the major towns and villages in the north of the County and will be
available free-of-charge to accommodation businesses and to download
from websites. The planners have been funded by a grant from the
AONB Sustainable Development Fund."
Anyone working in tourism or hospitality is
invited to join the MAX X18 Coast and Castles service that departs
Alnwick Bus Station at 12:02 on Wednesday 26 April. The bus then
stops at Longhoughton, Craster, Beadnell, Seahouses and Bamburgh and
people can join at any point along the route. Arriva will be
providing a light lunch at Sunnyhills Farm Shop at Belford before
catching the bus back down the coast, arriving into Alnwick at
To reserve a place contact Amy Walker at
Arriva North East by email at email@example.com or by
telephone on 0191 5204231.
|PEREGRINI LINDISFARNE LANDSCAPE PARTNERSHIP
Immersive Northumbrian Landscapes -
your chance to get involved
Northumberland residents and workers are invited
to join coastal walks and workshops this spring with talented artists.
The project will be based on and around the
stunning whin sill outcrops at Budle Bay and Holy
Island. In collaboration with artists and geological and
archaeological experts, groups will record their physical or
emotional responses to the landscape using different art techniques. The walks
will be followed by workshops to help create artwork with
the professional guidance of local artists Lindsay Duncanson and Graham Patterson.
Graham says: 'I know and love
the whin sill outcrops and I've worked here over the years.
I'm really looking forward to this project. It's a fresh
approach to work with newly trained arts producers in North Northumberland.'
Four volunteers were trained as arts project
managers in the Make Art Happen Project last year. Make Art Happen
is a collaboration between Peregrini Lindisfarne Landscape
Partnership and Helix Arts. Heritage Lottery Fund, Northumberland
County Council and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation have supported this work. The
training enabled volunteers to design and manage their own arts
programmes, and the four trainees are now co-producing Immersive Northumbrian Landscapes.
David from Peregrini says: 'Working with
Helix has been a fantastic experience and the quality of work the
trainees are producing highlights just how important the wider Make
Art Happen Project is. This exciting landscape based project will allow participants to experience
a wonderful habitat and be creative at the same time
and give them the chance to exhibit their work in June.'
To book a place email David Suggett at firstname.lastname@example.org
| FROM THE OPEN GATE
Often secrets are not revealed in words,
they lie concealed in the silence between the words or in the depth
of what is unsayable between two people. [Anan Cara by
We have just completed the first of this year's retreats
Discovering Divine Intimacy - Christian Mindfulness and
contemplation led by David Cole. It was an opportunity for people to
reflect and discover more about themselves, the True Self, as the
ancient mystics called it and their relationship with God. An
opportunity to find some silence and stillness in a busy world.
Part of the programme was to spend 24 hours in silence; silence
from speech, mobile phones and social media. So, ten people began a
silence beginning at noon and finishing the following day; but this
was more than just not speaking. The prolonged silence gave them the
opportunity to concentrate and listen to the voice inside, a voice
that can so often go unnoticed in our busy lives.
For most of the attendees this was the first time they had
experienced any long period of silence and despite much apprehension
many found it to be a sublime experience and gave them an
opportunity to listen without interruption; and how difficult that
can be. With our best intention, we can plan for some quiet time and
can sometimes snatch a few solitary moments but we live in a noisy
Noise becomes a habit; music in shops, social media and mobile
phones that herald every message, tweet or email. Each one becomes a
distraction, our train of thoughts can become lost or our work
interrupted. But at a much deeper level how much more distraction
does it cause to that inner voice, crying out to be heard against a
background of noise and interruption.
Being silent or being in a state of silence makes you realise
that without any man-made noise our world is still far from silent.
Being silent, or being in that state of silence re-awakens you to
the sound of the natural world, natures sounds so far and removed
from the man-made noise that threaten to deafen our very
A study done by the University of Minnesota www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu
reveals that 'environments can increase or reduce our stress levels,
which in turn impacts on our bodies'. The study goes on to say,
'What we see, hear or experience at any given moment can change not
only our mood, but how our nervous, endocrine and immune systems are
We are blessed here on Holy Island with a whole cacophony of
natural sounds; from birdsong to the very sound of the wind and the
waves. Sounds that in spire, renew, heal and re-create our tired
minds, souls and bodies.
In his book, The Inner Journey, David Cole writes, 'Silence is
the stillness in which we hear the most'. I sat out this morning at
around seven o'clock to have my coffee and listened. Silence, only
broken by the sound of the occasional bird, but the more I listened
the more I heard. Some sounds that had no explanations but it didn't
seem to matter. As the sun warmed, so the garden came to life and I
came to life. As I listened I became aware of the fragrance of the
waking morning, I became aware of the world around me and I became
aware of the voice inside me. You at peace it said, and listen.
While we contemplate creation, we should not merely run over
it cursorily, and, so to speak, with a fleeting glance; but we
should ponder it at length, turn it over in our minds seriously and
faithfully, and recollect it repeatedly. [John Knox]
(Warden at the Open Gate)
Community of Aidan and
|NEWS FROM FORD & ETAL
Easter at Ford &
Easter Quiz for kids around
Etal village on Easter Sunday & Monday - pick up quiz sheets
from the Lavender Tearooms and return completed to win a
Lavender Tearooms & Shop
decorated in a Mad Hatter's theme, with staff in costume on Easter
Sunday and Monday and Easter treats in
Pop-up Market in Etal
Village Hall, Easter
Etal Castle kids' quiz
around the castle with chocolate treats for completed quizzes
Railway Railway passengers' bunny hunt on Easter
Sunday and Monday (admission charges apply). Mad Hatter's Tea Party
display and ticket office decorated in Easter theme. Bric-a-brac
table (Easter Monday) in aid of Air Ambulance. Enjoy a visit from
the Easter Bunny on Easter Sunday, with chocolate treats
Heatherslaw Cornmill, Gift
Shop and Visitor Centre Mad Hatter theme and staff in costume,
Easter Sunday and Monday; also Easter Quiz for kids around the site
(outdoors ) with chocolate treats as prizes. Every Monday -
Wednesday between 3rd and 19th April make and bake hot cross buns
(admission charges apply;
Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre
Easter Farmers' Market, Easter Sunday 10am-4pm. Demonstrations
over the weekend - visit www.hayfarmheavies.co.uk
Lady Waterford Hall
The Estate House in Ford
Easter Quiz for kids in the gardens, Easter Sunday and Monday -
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|FROM OUR UNITED REFORMED CHURCH MINISTER
April sees the Western Christian church
celebrating Easter, a time when we markthe life, death and
resurrection of the Son of God.
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 together.
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 any company.
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.
Rev Rachel Poolman
|FROM THE VICARAGE
||Revd Dr Paul Collins|
Over the past months we have been working
with our Architect, Chris Cotton, to put in place a project to
replace the concrete mortar with lime mortar and conserve the
masonry of the church building. The concrete mortar causes the
erosion of the stonework - which is particularly obvious on the West
Front. We also discovered that the chancel of St Mary's is looked
after by the Church Commissioners. Something that seems to have been
overlooked since 1970s. The Commissioners are undertaking to repair
and conserve the masonry of the chancel and this restoration work is
due to begin by the start of May this year. So look out for the
scaffolding going up around the East end of the church.
The need to replace the concrete mortar elsewhere has led us to
approach the Heritage Lottery Fund for a Grant for Places of
Worship. HLF is now the main body which allocates public funding for
churches. The scope of this project will include the Porch, the West
Front and Bellcote, and the St Peter's Window. (The picture opposite
shows the deterioration of masonry and mortar). In addition we will
be renewing the interpretation inside St Mary's and of the whole
site, so that we engage with our many visitors and pilgrims to tell
them the story of Lindisfarne and St Mary's place within it. If we
are successful in our bid to HLF we will also need to find match
funding; and the work will be done in the Spring of 2019.
We hope as part of this project to gather a group of historians
and archaeologists to assist us in establishing a current scholarly
consensus of what we understand about the site of St Mary's and its
relation to the Priory church. Recently the local archaeologist
Peter Ryder is pursuing a digital photography project on the
interior West wall of the chancel (see opposite). Peter believes
that the interior chancel wall is Saxon work and may be more than a
thousand years old; making it the oldest extant human structure on
Over the next months and years we have the responsibility and
privilege of conserving and sharing the heritage of this ancient and
yet still working and living parish church.
|HOLY WEEK AND EASTER 2017|
St MARY'S CHURCH HOLY ISLAND
Sunday 9th April
10.30 Palm Procession from Market Place
10.45 Parish Communion
5.30pm Evening Worship for Holy Week
Preacher for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day:
Rev'd Dr Neil Messer,
Professor of Christian Ethics in the University of Winchester
8pm Eucharist of the Last Supper and Watch until Midnight
12 noon Meditation on the Passion of Christ
1pm Stations of the Cross
2pm The Liturgy of Good Friday
9.45pm Easter Vigil with Northern Cross Pilgrims
Prayers at Sunrise (6.43am) - meet on Heugh for 6.40am
8am Holy Communion
10.45am Parish Eucharist
5.30pm Evening Worship
|HOLY ISLAND FESTIVAL 2017|
|[ headline performances ]
Friday 30th June
Garth Newel Piano Quartet
Saturday 1st July
November Club - followed by a Ceilidh
Sunday 2nd July
July Ryton Choral Society
Sunday 9th July
Saturday 15th July
Christian Forshaw and Sanctuary
Sunday 16th July
Katherine Tickell: Superfolkus and Friends
|PAUSE FOR THOUGHT
||Revd Canon Kate Tristram|
Did you eat a simnel cake yesterday? For those in the same
tradition as me, yesterday was the fourth Sunday in Lent, often
called Mothering Sunday or mid-Lent Sunday, and it used to be the
custom for young girls, who had gone away to be servants in big
houses, to have a day off to visit their own families on mid-Lent
Sunday. They made and took a simnel cake, partly as a gift of
love for their mothers, and partly to show how well they had learned
to cook. Sometimes the cakes were a bit hard. One mother
is on record as using hers as a footstool, to put her feet up.
Even further back in time it was the custom for people who lived
in distant parts of a parish, and who usually on Sundays worshipped
at small out-lying chapels, to go to the mother church of the
district on the fourth Sunday in Lent. Holy Island church here
was the mother church. If we had lived in those days we would
have seen the people from the near churches on the mainland crowding
in here on this day.
Such practices were the origin of Mothering Sunday. Now it
has broadened out to turn into Mothers' Day, and even more recently
been matched with Fathers' Day.
It may be a good time to ask ourselves what we would pick out as
the qualities of a good mother? I suggest three to begin
with. First, that mothers want to give. They must, since small
children can't do anything except receive. Secondly, mothers
want to see results. They want their children to grow into the best
possible. Thirdly, mothers want to let go. An independent
person, capable to steering their own lives well, is the right
result. But then, don't we find that these are usually what
good fathers want as well?
And if anyone wants to make a simnel cake, here is an ancient
recipe. 'The crust was made of flour, water and saffron; the filling
of mixed plums, lemon peel and many good things; the edges pinked;
the top criss-crossed; the whole boiled in a cloth, glazed with egg
and finally baked.'
Happy cooking and eating! And happy Easter!