SITEZINE: HOLY ISLAND'S E-MAIL MAGAZINE April 2019
  • A bit from me...
  • Holy Island C-of-E first school
  • Crossman Hall
  • The Island's hidden gems
  • Part-time Islanders
  • Lindisfarne Castle
  • Natural England
  • Northumberland Coast AONB
  • From Ford & Etal
  • From the Community of Aidan and Hilda
  • From the Vicarage 
  • Holy Week on Lindisfarne 
  • St Mary's notices
A BIT FROM ME Geoff Porter

Dear *|MMERGE3|* ,

Welcome to our April newsletter on 'Mother's Day' (UK).

The fine weather continues as does the demand on our regularly filled car parks.

However, for newcomers, please, please remember this really is an island. Yes, a road leads to the island - 'Lindisfarne Causeway'. But, twice every day the infamous North Sea floods over the causeway and you are at risk if you attempt to negotiate it when the sea is in flood. Last week there was yet another reminder to locals when a horsebox vehicle became stranded on the causeway. Remote and with vehicle swamped and almost entirely submerged in saltwater the visitor had to be rescued from the refuge box. Fortunately, this incident happened in daylight; with good visibility; in fine weather and a calm sea state. Regular visitors will know this is not always the case. There are tables of crossing times at either side of the causeway, on the Internet and in local newspapers. Almost 800,000 visitors will cross safely to the island this year. Please be one of them and not a coastguard incident statistic.

Whilst I say check the crossing times...! Last month we pointed out a new safety issue (Beal Shore) where concrete blocks now prevent vehicles from pulling-in to check for safe crossing times on the Council's notice board. Our MP, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, has offered to help in resolving the dispute between local landowners. But for the time being the problem remains and drivers should be aware that there is an almost blind-approach to this potential hazard.

Easter is now just over the horizon. Ever a focus for Pilgrims, our churches are busilly preparing for the busiest part of their year. Before long the Northern Cross pilgrimage will be wending their way across Holy Island sands with their crosses held high and usually in full voice. If you are coming too I hope it 'recharges your batteries' and you leave us feeling fullfilled - and planning your next visit!

Thank you to all our contributors. We hope you enjoy our newsletter and look forward to getting in touch again in May.

Happy Easter!

Geoff Porter
Editor (SitEzine)
editor@lindisfarne.org.uk
www.lindisfarne.org.uk/ezine

HOLY ISLAND C-of-E FIRST SCHOOL Heather Stiansen

We've had another eventful month here at Holy Island First School. In the classroom, our large map is filling up with features of the island. We now have our school, St Cuthbert's Island, St Mary's Church, the Priory and the castle in place. We used small pieces of flowery fabric to make the award-winning Gertrude Jekyll garden and have added the Lough, some green fields and some very cute cotton wool sheep.

World Book Day was a great success and we were delighted to welcome parents into school along with Revd Sarah Hills and Sam Quilty. The theme this year was to share a story and we all enjoyed some of our old and new favourites! The children dressed up as characters from their best loved stories and took part in a book swap shop. We also had fun with a 'reading at home in an unusual place' challenge.

We were delighted to welcome Dorinda Kealoha from the National Marine Aquarium North East this week. Linking with our animals and nature topic, Dorinda began with a Slimy Seas assembly. The children learned that some under-sea animals produce slime to protect themselves from predators or to help them to move from place to place. In the Fantastic Fossils workshop, the children become palaeontologists using tools to reveal a fossilised plesiosaur which was hidden in sand and plaster. They enjoyed finding the fossil and having a go at putting it back together. Finally, the children became marine biologists as they took part in the Ocean Investigation workshop. There were examples of sea creatures for the children to identify and compare and they discovered where they live and what they eat. The children really enjoyed the afternoon and learned so much! Dorinda was very impressed with the level of knowledge and interest from the children.

The highlight of the month has to be the St Cuthbert's Day celebration service here on the island. It was wonderful to join together on the beach with parents and members of the community to celebrate this special day led by Sarah, Revd Rachel Poolman and Sam. The children have been learning about the life of St Cuthbert and have been fascinated to discover that he was so in tune with nature and animals. The children from Lowick came to join us and before the service they came into school. We had thirty children in school and it was a joy to see the classroom so full! Jane from the Northumberland Gazette was there to record the event.

As we look forward to Easter, we have begun to learn about the Easter Story. We will be telling the story with lots of practical activities, stories and art. Spring has sprung and our gardening projects continue. The children have been making the most of the playing field - a big thanks to Brian for the first cut of the season. We have noticed though, that there are already a couple of Easter bunnies hopping around!

Heather Stiansen
Holy Island Church of England First School

CROSSMAN HALL David O'Connor

It's been a bit of a weather month, wind, rain, snow and hail, then more sun and wind resulting in big seas and enforced days ashore for boats. The one thing that just goes on uninterrupted is the grass growth and I seem to spend more time at home keeping the stuff under control.

The Islands sporting elite continue to regularly use the fitness equipment and the Trustees are looking to expand facilities for the young and not so young; more news later.

A series of meetings, some large, some small have been held in the Hall as well as an all-day Birthday Gathering. The great thing that the hall can offer is space for children to play, sing and dance no matter what the weather and no one is disturbed by the noise.

As the month ends we have a planning meeting with a Family who wish to hold a pre-nuptial Family Gathering; a potentially exciting event.

If you are looking for a worthwhile cause to Support, please consider James Douglas. Many of you who came and stayed at the Lindisfarne Hotel many years ago may remember twins James & Christopher, two backroom boys who helped keep the Lindisfarne ticking over. Both young men are  working away from the Island. But once an Islander, always an Islander.

James, when not working is a distance runner and as well as other events, he is running in the Berlin Marathon Sunday 29 September 2019. He's running in aid of Cancer Research and deserves support, his donation page is; https//fundraise.cancerresearch.org/page/jamess-giving-page-593

Additionally, his Family & Friends are holding a Coffee Morning in the Hall on Tuesday 23 July 2019, all proceeds will sponsor James's run on behalf of Cancer Research. 

Please do not forget the first Coffee Morning of the year will be held on 22 April EASTER MONDAY. Help and bric-a-brac required.

David O'
Contact: doconna@hotmail.com

THE ISLAND'S HIDDEN GEMS Ian Kerr

I' m sure everyone is familiar with some of the beautiful butterflies which grace the island and which will  enliven our gardens and providing colour in the dunes over the coming months.

These range from the brilliant Red Admirals and Peacocks and relative newcomers, Speckled Wood and Comma, in gardens to the spectacular orange and black Dark-green Fritillaries and delicately shaded Common Blues seeking nectar from flowers along the dune paths. They're all wonderfully fascinating creatures to watch and we are now at the start the season when, weather permitting, they'll start to become much more obvious.

But they have much more numerous local relatives, the moths, which most of us tend not to come across, simply because the vast majority are nocturnal.

My interest in moths goes back four years or so when Hazel and I were having coffee with Max Whitby at Chare Ends and discussing his company's plans to publish the hardback edition of my island bird book.

Elephant Hawk-Moth: the beautiful moth that had me hooked
Garden Tiger: colours to rival any butterfly
Gold Spot: it really does look as if someone has decorated it with dabs of gold leaf
Six-spot Burnet: the One of the day-flying moths, abundant in the dunes

Like a conjurer from a hat, Max suddenly produced several little flat plastic pots containing some of the most spectacularly colourful insects we'd ever seen. They were Elephant Hawk-moths in vivid shades of crimson and olive which he'd collected from a light trap in the back garden at Skylark that morning.

After admiring them, we took them outside and gently allowed them to crawl onto our fingertips. Their bodies vibrated as they warmed up for flight, a bit like tiny helicopters revving, and they quickly whirred off into the deep cover and safety of the bushes.

Hazel could see that I was fascinated. Now I'm always told that I'm the most difficult person on earth to buy for at Christmas. I wonder how many men have been given that label?  Anyway, fast-forwarding to December 25 and I opened a large heavy box containing a moth trap.

One of my grand-daughters had been prompted to give a field guide illustrating 1,600 of the larger species, the so-called macro moths, which occur in Britain. There are also as many again tiny micro moths out there, demonstrating the vast range to be found. That compares with around 70 butterfly and 600 bird species which have occurred in Britain. It seemed obvious from the start that mothing was not for the faint-hearted. 

The trap was assembled in the garage that morning. It consisted of a square plywood box with a 15 watt light tube stretched across the top. The light is designed to attract moths which, disorientated, flutter down two sloping plastic sheets through a narrow gap into the bottom which is lined with egg boxes to provide them with darkness and shelter.

The problem with getting a moth trap for Christmas is trying it out as there are then hardly any moths around. It was into March before it could be used in the back garden at Crossgates. At first the results were modest. I remember that the first species was Clouded Drab, the name aptly describing its nondescript appearance. The second was much better, a Hebrew Character, so-called because of its little black wing markings which really do resemble ancient script.

Most of our moths were named by Victorian collectors, many of them clergymen, doctors and other academics, so there are some weird and wonderful names.

As spring turned to summer, the number and range increased almost daily. There was always the thrill of checking each morning for something unexpected although I must admit that when I found my first Elephant Hawk-moth nestling down among the egg boxes it was a red letter day.

But the sheer range, variety and colour of moths is absolutely staggering. Friends and neighbours, who have shown an interest in that bright light in the garden at night, have been amazed when I've taken moths to show them before release. The typical comment has been; "I thought they were all brown." Well, some are but others rival the butterflies for colour.

As the numbers rose rapidly, I sometimes found it a bit overwhelming, not to mention time-consuming in sitting down, poring over the field guide and puzzling over identities. Fortunately, I had lot of help and encouragement from Max, his Nature Guides colleague Fiona Barclay, Mike Hodgson, an old birding friend whose photographs often illustrate my articles, and from Tom Tams, the Northumberland moth recorder.

On many occasions when I was stuck, I photographed mystery moth and texted for help. It was always quickly forthcoming. Once they'd put me right, I'd go back to the field guide and kick myself for not spotting it as by then the identify seemed so blindingly obvious.  Hindsight, they say, is a wonderful thing.

After a couple of season trapping at Crossgates, I was invited by Gary and Helen Scott to try out the trap in their garden at the Palace field. Mature trees and much more shrubbery immediately resulted in more new species being handled.

Last year I caught well over 140 species at the two sites. These included a national rarity, a silvery green Portland Moth, the island being one of the few places where it occurs. Max had previously caught one at Chare Ends. 

I've also acquired a little battery powered trap which this year I intend, other commitments permitting, to try out in the dunes on summer nights to try to increase the range of species

Talking to some long-time enthusiasts, I'd noticed that they've tended to shudder when asked about micro species. One told me: "I've never got involved. The macros are hard enough."

However, encouraged by Tom, I bought the guide cover the micros and what a revelation it has proved. Yes, many are hard and difficult and I must admit that I'm still struggling hard to get to grips with them. I'll let you know in a future edition how I get on.

I'm very grateful to Tom for his great encouragement and the use of his photographs.

PART-TIME ISLANDERS by Snook

Easter Egg Rolling....Big Dune Style

Easter is a very special time on the island: pilgrims carrying crosses over the sands, the calling of the church bells and clumps of daffodils marking the arrival of spring.

But in our family, there's one Easter celebration that brings out our MOST competitive side. It's the North East tradition of egg rolling, involving hardboiled, rather than chocolate eggs.  

If, like my husband, you're not from the North East, chances are you've been missing out on this age-old sporting challenge that's been passed down through the generations.

When my parents were kids, they grew up in hilly Gateshead, full of steep banks that proved the perfect training ground for egg rolling.  Every Easter they'd line up with their friends to pit their brightly painted and hopefully robust eggs against each other.  

Eyeing up their opponents' offerings, the name of the game was to try to roll their egg as far down the hill as gravity and obstacles would allow - without it getting all smashed up.  Over the years, my parents honed their skills.  Having grown up on powdered eggs as war babies, every entry was precious and they quickly became dab hands.

With so much skill in the family it was perhaps inevitable that we'd become competitors too. From a very early age, I remember struggling up the big sand dune (40 feet tall) near Snook to line up on its summit.  There we'd give our newly decorated eggs a final check over before lying prone on our tummies with our arms outstretched.   Below lay the daunting assault course - clumps of marram grass and a scattering of sharp stones that struck fear into the heart of even the most experienced entrant.

For the uninitiated, it might seem as if there's no skill involved. But we all secretly feel that success is all down to the quality of our 'bowling'.  There are the spinners, the flickers, the pushers, the gentle releasers... you get the picture.   And of, course for those early Easter's that come in March there's another hazard - the weather. Who could forget the 'Beast from the East'? 

Sometimes there's a clear egg front runner. But if two have made it all the way to the bottom intact then the rules dictate that we bowl again.  My mum, now in her 80s, is still up for scaling the heights. But my dad has taken on the huge responsibility of referee (currently without the assistance of VAR). 

With such a competitive egg rolling family, it's one of the trickier roles he's had to tackle.  

However, once he's finally declared the outright winner, it's time to celebrate - by eating our eggs of course. Perched on the wall of a nearby ruined old house, we remove their cracked and coloured shells, pass round the salt and tuck in. 

Happy Easter.

Livia Russell

LINDISFARNE CASTLE Nick Lewis

Having been open to the public for the last 6 weeks or so we now find ourselves in a slightly familiar but also (in the scheme of things quite unusual) position in that the Castle will soon be stripping out one exhibition and replacing it with another.

The season started with a small exhibition called Past Present Future which is fairly self-explanatory but attempted to tell some stories that hadn't been told before. For the last 49 years or so largely the same story has been told here so it has made for quite a change in people's perception of the place. On 2 April the new one opens, entitled Now You See Me which aims to play a little on that very perception visitors have of the place, and attempt then to tell stories which both emphasis and challenge that mind-set; a Castle that's not really a castle on an island that isn't always an island, rooms that were have had multiple uses over the years, more than meets the eye - that sort of thing. It has been great fun putting this together as we have been able to use loads of historic information that hasn't previously been talked about, and also we have been able to uncover new things in that process as well as making use of discoveries made during the recent renovations. Each room will touch on different themes and periods of time but won't necessarily relate to the previous furnished arrangement. As I said last month we have brought back a number of collections pieces which was done with an eye on this exhibition, however the majority does remain in storage.

The Castle is recovering well - if that is the right phrase - from the renovations but it might be that this process takes longer than we thought. What wouldn't be right would be to rush this by interfering too much, which does allow more flexibility in our displays. There are plenty of great stories to tell here and who knows what we might discover in the future. Just last week for example I found reference to a plot in 1561 by the Scottish government to occupy the Island with a large force, build two forts to secure the harbour, and bring in hundreds of allied ships from the continent ahead of an attack on Berwick! They'd even made clay models of the proposed forts and had architects produce construction drawings! We only know about this as the former Provost of Edinburgh had sent a secret letter to Sir William Cecil (Queen Elizabeth's secretary) and it made it into the records that way. You can read the letter on the wonderful www.british-history.ac.uk website, just search for 'Alexander Clark Holy Island' - Clark was the Provost in the pay of Cecil - and I think it is the fourth search result.

Anyway, if any residents want to come up and see the new exhibition then we are having a private view on Friday 5th April at 15.00. Please let us know if you would like to come as there will be refreshments : 01289 389244 or email lindisfarne@nationaltrust.org.uk

I should say as well that the shop has the back garden open again and there are lots of new products inside too, handy if you need a gift or just fancy a browse.

Best wishes,

Nick Lewis
Lindisfarne Castle
nick.lewis@nationaltrust.org.uk
@NTLindisfarne
01289 389903

NATURAL ENGLAND LINDISFARNE NNR Ceris Aston

We have reached the equinox. Spring has sprung - the first chiffchaffs calling their names in the hedgerows, fuzzy drinker moth caterpillars emerging from hibernation, and frog spawn in great clumps in the wet slacks in the duneland beyond the Straight Lonnen. Yesterday a flock of around forty whooper swans flew in great loops above Holy Island, white shapes against grey clouds - perhaps orienting themselves for their spring migration back to Iceland. The geese, too, are on the move.

Ground-nesting birds such as skylark and meadow pipit are beginning to form territories and fulmars have returned to the rocky ledges of the Reserve's only sea cliff. This month has seen the last scrub bashes of the season, with teams of staff and volunteers setting to with secateurs and loppers, and pitting our weight against the roots of the willow scrub on the Snook. We have been continuing to clean the Reserve's beaches and duneland of litter, trundling a wheelbarrow across the dunes to collect bulky items from the North Shore.

In the Rocket field, we are at the start of a project working with Jimmy to improve conditions for overwintering and breeding birds. Good numbers of teal and oystercatcher have been present there over the winter period, as well as lots of roosting gulls.

Shorebird season will soon be upon us - sandwich terns have already been seen in the south of England, and from the end of April onwards we will close off sections of beach across the Reserve to provide refuge areas for little terns and ringed plover to nest in without human or dog disturbance. Both species are under threat and breeding success is in decline. We are looking for volunteers to help us with our conservation efforts, to assist with shorebird monitoring and public engagement. Lindisfarne NNR are spearheading a Northumberland census of ringed plover and are seeking volunteers to regularly check sections of coastline to help us to monitor their numbers and breeding success. Please contact Lead Shorebird Warden Katherine Dunsford at k.dunsford94@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering.

Finally, we will soon be appointing new seasonal shorebird wardens, and a new Reserve Manager, to help us to care for the species and habitats of this spectacular place.

Best wishes,

Ceris Aston
Lindisfarne & Newham NNRs
Natural England
Beal Station

NORTHUMBERLAND COAST AONB Iain Robson

Volunteers needed to help vulnerable shorebirds in Northumberland

A partnership of conservation organisations is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to protect and monitor vulnerable birds nesting along the coast this summer.  These include the endangered little terns, arctic terns and ringed plovers, which are collectively known as shorebirds. 

Little terns spend their winter on the west coast of Africa and return to our coastline at the end of April. These rare birds lays eggs on the beach and are very susceptible to human disturbance, as well as predation and high tides, which can wash away their nests.

In Northumberland, little terns mainly nest on the National Trust Long Nanny site in Beadnell Bay and Natural England's Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve (NNR), which stretches from Budle Bay in the south to Cheswick Black Rocks in the north.

Katherine Dunsford is Lead Shorebird Warden at Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve, where she will be responsible for shorebird monitoring, public engagement and volunteer coordination. Katherine will recruit, train and support volunteers working with shorebirds.

Katherine said: "I am really excited about taking up this role; volunteers are essential for the protection of our breeding shorebirds. Together with the team of wardens, shorebird volunteers will talk to beach users to prevent them from accidently disturbing the birds.  This makes a huge difference to the breeding success of these small visitors.

"We are looking for passionate nature enthusiasts who enjoy talking to people and spending time along the beautiful Northumberland coast."

The other shorebird species of concern is the ringed plover. This charismatic little wading bird also lays eggs on the beach. Numbers of breeding ringed plovers have dramatically declined and this year conservationists are asking volunteers to carry out a survey of the whole Northumberland coast to get a better idea of how many birds there are and which areas are important for them.

Talking about the ringed plover surveys, Iain Robson from the Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership said  " Working with Natural England and National Trust, we need to learn more about where these little birds are nesting and how we can protect them in the future. There is over 70 miles of coastline to survey so we are absolutely reliant on volunteers to help us - we couldn't do it without them.

"Ringed plover surveys will involve walking along sections of the shore, looking and listening for the birds and recording what you see - there are worse places to volunteer!"

If you are interested in protecting and monitoring terns at the breeding colonies or surveying sections of the coast for ringed plovers please contact Becky at Coast Care on 07813 563047 or email becky@coast-care.co.uk .

Full training will be provided for all volunteers and a training session will be held in Seahouses on Monday 1st April at 2pm.

Iain Robson
Tel.  01670 622660
Email. iain.robson@northumberland.gov.uk

FROM FORD & ETAL Elspeth Gilliland

Attractions are now all open daily, with Etal Castle opening Wednesdays - Sundays from 3rd April.

Heatherslaw Tearoom is under new management and Phil looks forward to welcoming you to try his delicious home baking and speciality scones.

Heatherslaw Gift Shop has had a complete overhaul and as well as stocking Heatherslaw Mill Produce now also offers an extended range of locally produced and ethically sourced foods, gifts and crafts - please come along to browse or buy.

Easter:

The Dough Zone at Heatherslaw Mill will be open for kids baking Monday-Wednesday during the Easter holidays (beginning Monday 8th April); come along and make hot cross buns!

Heatherslaw Light Railway will run its traditional Bunny Hunt on Easter Sunday, and the Easter Bunny will be visiting to hand out some treats.

Etal Castle has a kids drawing competition over Easter weekend (Good Friday-Easter Monday inclusive) and Lavender Tearooms will run a Children's Easter Quiz on Easter Sunday with free crème egss for correct entries and at Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre there'll be Easter Bunny Carriage Rides on Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday.

Finally, on Easter Monday St Abbs Market will be popping up in Etal Village Hall from 11am-3pm.

FROM THE COMMUNITY OF AIDAN AND HILDA Ray Simpson

Last month I went to one of only two churches in Norfolk that are named after our saint, Cuthbert, some forty of whose members came to the island in September. I spoke about Saint Cuthbert at two services and over an evening supper challenged them to catch something of Cuthbert's vision, kindly heart, ceaseless prayer and good death. The Community of Aidan and Hilda East Anglia Group also met at St. Cuthbert's while I was there.

On my return I took part in a Mindfulness Day at Edinburgh Central Hall.  Several people came to my book stall.  Some of them like the idea of DIY Holy Island Retreats where you give yourself space to become mindful without engaging in any retreat programme.

Then I took a train to inner city Birmingham to a new venture near the prison where I, along with the Bishop and various others, blessed the new Yurt in the grounds of Newbigin House.  This work is led by Ash and Anji Barker, who named their son after Aidan and lived for several years in the slums of Bangkok. About twenty of these young people are being recruited as Urban Changemakers, and some of them are spending a week-end on the island this month.

Ray Simpson
Founding Guardian, The international Community of Aidan and Hilda
www.aidanandhilda.org

FROM THE VICARAGE Rev Canon Dr. Sarah Hills

Dear friends

We are on our way through Lent and looking ahead to Holy Week and Easter. We have been journeying through these weeks of Lent, a time for reflection and assessment of who we are and how we live our lives with each other and with God. We celebrated St Cuthbert's Day on March 20th with a joyful ecumenical service on the beach, with fantastic input from our local Holy Island and Lowick Church of England Infant School.  In the evening, a dramatic reading of the life of St Cuthbert written by Kate Tristram beautifully deepened our sense of his life. Our Lent Course, a series of discussions around 'A Peaceful Lent' has perhaps been especially pertinent this year as we are faced with the terrorist attack in New Zealand and the devastating effects on many lives and communities. How can we best respond to this and other atrocities? Not to mention the situation in the UK and Europe as we continue to deal with the uncertainties and effects of Brexit. Bishop Christine has asked us all to come together at this time to 'serve the common good'. She writes,

'Together with the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, I am therefore inviting you to mark the day [of Brexit] by joining in a national prayer initiative to come together to share hopes and fears and to pray, and to use the idea of encouraging people to use the focus of three candles  - lighting 'one for me, one for my neighbour and one for our shared future together' to gather around.' St Mary's Church is always open, so please do come in and light candles, pray or to take some time for quiet reflection.'

We are also starting a monthly 'Prayers for Peace' jointly with St Cuthbert's URC Centre. The first will be held at St Mary's at 5pm on April 2nd. Do join us if you can.

Looking ahead to Holy Week and Easter, please see our programme of services. You are most welcome to join in what will be a moving end of our Lenten journey, Christ's passion, and celebration of Easter.

In other news, this is the year we need to completely redo our church electoral roll. Please do fill in a form by April 14th, either from Geoff Porter or at the back of church.

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting with take place on April 30th at 7pm in the Crossman Hall. All are welcome to attend, and to vote if on the new electoral roll.

We are in process of building a new website for the church. Please see www.stmarysholyisland.org .

Suggestions welcome!

And we also now have a Facebook page.

Please do have a look, and help us to share news of our services, ministry and mission on this island and beyond in these ways.

Finally, a very Happy Easter from me and all at St Mary's Church when it comes! And blessings for the weeks ahead.

Holy Week and Easter 2019
The Holy Island of Lindisfarne
 


Palm Sunday, Sunday 14th April
8.00am : Holy Communion (BCP)
10.30am : Gather at St. Cuthbert's URC for Liturgy of the Palms and procession to St Mary's
10.45am : Liturgy of the Passion at St Mary's

Monday of Holy Week, 15th April
8.00am : Morning Prayer
7.00pm : Ecumenical Night Prayer

Tuesday of Holy Week, 16th April
8.00am : Morning Prayer
7.00pm : Ecumenical Night Prayer

Wednesday of Holy Week, 17th April
8.00am : Communion
7.00pm : Ecumenical Night Prayer

Maundy Thursday, 18th April
8.00am : Tenebrae
8.00pm-24pm : Eucharist of the Last Supper, Foot Washing and Vigil

Good Friday, 19th April
8.00am : Tenebrae
12 noon - 2pm: Ecumenical Stations of the Cross
2.00pm : Good Friday Liturgy

Holy Saturday, 20th April
8.00am : Tenebrae
8.30am (tbc): Meet on St. Cuthbert's Beach for Easter Vigil and Holy Communion in St Mary's

Easter Day, Sunday 21st April
5am : Greeting Easter Morning on the Heugh
8.00am : Holy Communion (BCP)
10.45am : Holy Communion
5.30pm : Festival Evensong


please check notice board in church porch in the event of revision

 

 

ST. MARY'S NOTICES


  Pattern of worship for Sundays
8am    Holy Communion (BCP) 
10.45am    Parish Eucharist 
5.30pm    Evensong
   
Pattern of worship (Monday - Saturday)
   8 am Morning Prayer Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
 
   8 am Eucharist Wednesday and Friday
 
   5.30 pm Evening Prayer every day
 
 

please check notice board in church porch in the event of a revision

 

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