|A BIT FROM ME
'Wintry Scene' - photo: Lesley Andrews
May I welcome you to our March
newsletter and I do hope that we continue to find you and your loved
ones well with the concluding phases of this horrible pandemic
getting closer. I again begin by thanking those who are looking after us
during these trying times.
Like the majority of the nation, Covid restrictions are affecting
every aspect of our lives: churches, fishing and
farming community, accommodation providers, public houses,
local shops and manufacturers. We very much look
forward to getting back to 'business as usual'.
Nevertheless, Holy Island still remains in
lockdown and English government ruling
asks that folk 'must not leave your home unless you have a
reasonable excuse'. We know we live in a remote location. So,
until guidelines change, the visitor might understand if they sense
any natural wariness at the appearance of a stranger.
will find the causeway is as awful as ever: several sections
of concrete balustrade remain missing at the bridge; the waterlogged car park
is improving, the toilet block closed for much-needed restoration, there
will be traffic restrictions during the coming week to enable land
drain repairs near the harbour entrance. And, above
all, always check the ' safe
' crossing times!
As I write, spring conditions prevail, the sun
is shining down upon the island and a 'zoom' service
is underway amongst our church community.
For over half-a-century the ethos of Marygate House (the island's
first retreat house) has influenced many of Holy Island's
visitors. Because this will include many of our subscribers, we
include Kate's editorial from the community's 'Holy Island
Times' which focuses on one of Marygate's founding wardens, the
late Douglas Graham. We are grateful to Kate and also for her
inclusion of Andy Raine's memories.
My thanks to Andy D (also for the above
'wintery path' picture), Andy R, David, Ian (also for his
'causeway' article), Kate, Max, Nick, Ray and Sarah who have written for
us this month and also to Lesley for sending 'wintry
scene' photos around the village. We hope you enjoy the fruit of our works and look
forward to getting in touch again in April.
God Bless and Stay Safe,
'Wintry Scene' - photo: Lesley Andrews
| HOLY ISLAND TIMES (editorial)
||Rev Canon Kate Tristram|
I have decided to spend my editorial
space this month about one of the first Wardens of Marygate
House, who has recently died: Douglas Graham.
I met Douglas on my first visit to Marygate House in (I think)
1972. He and Joan (Harris) were joint Wardens; the house had
opened in 1970. The Vicar of the time was Denis Bill; he had a
dream of a Christian centre on the Island and Douglas shared the
dream. Denis always gave Douglas the credit for having the
faith, when Marygate House came on the market, to agree to buy it,
although they had no money, it came! In my experience as a
frequent visitor, Joan looked after the housekeeping while Douglas
was often involved in the guests' programmes. He gave the
historical talks and often took groups on tours of the Island.
Eventually he left the Island for various jobs, culminating in a
move to Unst, the northernmost of the Shetland Island.
There, among many other things, he was involved in the foundation
of the northernmost church in the British Isles.
Douglas was a firm, committed Methodist and continued to work as
a lay minister. After his retirement he was able to return to this
area and livid in a small house in Fenwick. He was able to reconnect
with Marygate House, where he was warmly welcomed by Sam and
Don. We are glad to know that this contributed to the
happiness of his last years.
Memories from Andy Raine
Douglas Graham used to be a Warden at Marygate House. He also did
supply teaching from time to time, and if the tides were awkward
he'd stop with Brother Harold where he helped in the physical graft
of building the early hermitage at Shepherds Law above Old
He was also a Methodist preacher on Berwick, Seahouses and
Ashington circuits, and in the 70s we led services together in all
those, plus some United Reformed, Salvation Army and Baptist
churches in Northumberland, too. Often we'd travel to take 3
services the same Sunday in different places. One August we were
here at St Cuthbert's every Sunday. At that time it was an
ex-Presbyterian, URC chapel with elders who were Islanders, but
usually meeting only every other Sunday evening. What they
enjoyed most of all was a 'Songs of Praise' where they'd choose any
favourite hymn, and perhaps explain what it meant to them. I
remember the Captain's wife (they lived at Chare Ends) choosing a
metrical psalm 121 and saying it made her remember that when Aidan
said that psalm he'd think of lifting his eyes up to Cheviot.
Recently I went to look something up in my Dake's study bible,
and all kinds of papers fell out of the cover. On a folded sheet of
brown paper I found my hand-written notes for two of the services
we'd led at St Cuthbert's, probably in 1977.
Margot(Hastings):- O Love
that will not let me go (424)
Bab:- Brightly beams our Father's
mercy (Sankey) Mary Hector:- Will your anchor hold?
Johnson:- What a Friend we have in Jesus (701) Lizzie Tough:- We
love the place, O Lord
(706) Hector:- Jesus,Saviour, pilot
(696) Amy:- Jesus, I will trust Thee.(Ameer)
Ned Parker and Helen McGregor :-The Lord's my Shepherd
Evelyn Parker:- Nearer,my God, to Thee.
ED: please write and let us know if you would like to include
your memories of Douglas in future HIT
|HOLY ISLAND C-of-E FIRST SCHOOL
Fun on the slopes.
Wasn't the snow beautiful! This was the first time I'd seen the
island blanketed by so much snow. And of course it made everything
wintry and wonderful... apart from the causeway, that is! It was
certainly a tricky drive for us all.
We are still in lockdown and our island school remains closed.
Lowick School is open for key-worker children and we have had around
ten to fifteen children in on most days. We are continuing to plan
each day carefully so that the children at staying at home have,
through online learning, the same lessons as their friends in
We have continued to keep in good touch through our online
platform 'Seesaw' where we can share lessons, messages, videos,
photographs and stories. We have really enjoyed our weekly 'Zoom'
collective worship meetings with Sarah and Sam. It continues to be
so important for the children to be able to see their friends after
having so many weeks apart.
We have also held a live (and lively) book club which was very
well attended. The children shared their favourite books with each
other and gave reasons why they loved their books. Then just before
we broke up for half term we enjoyed a live celebration assembly
which included a film montage with clips of lots of activities the
children had shared with us on 'Seesaw'. The children at home and in
school were delighted to see their friends out and about, being
active, sharing their artwork and showing off the great writing,
maths and topic work they'd been doing.
We are all wondering when all of the children will be back to
school. We await an announcement to let us know whether they can
return on 8th March. We would definitely prefer to have the children
in school, learning and playing together. Let's hope that it won't
be too much longer before things can get a little more normal for us
|THE CROSSMAN HALL
Our taste of winter has faded and we are now enjoying 3 or 4 mild
days. It is also good to note the daylight hours are
After that wee bit of good news, an apology. I had hoped to
include information on the road to Covid 19 Regulation relaxation,
but the Politicos combined with our feisty Editor put the block on
that; the Editor wanted his copy by 19 February and HMG do not plan
to release the anticipated Covid 19 exit strategy until Monday 22
February! So we should know next month.
But there was some good news; this morning, Imperial College
London, suggested a significant fall in infection rates. The
College, using an 85,000 people sample size offered the following
- In early January, 1 person in 63 surveyed was carrying the
- Recently, this had fallen to 1 person in 196 was identified
as a carrier
These people tested positive as SILENT carries. They did not
display any symptoms and could have been roaming around our towns
and villages spreading Covid 19. This shows why 'lock-down' has
worked and brought down Covid 19 numbers and it helps me understand
my personal lock-down.
So far the hall has stood the winter well and we will soon begin
the building sanitisation and Legionella scour in the hope that the
hall will reopen before too long.
More news next month
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|OUR NATURALIST ON LINDISFARNE
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF EARLY
March is the great changeover month between winter and spring,
something I'm sure we're all grateful for after the recent snow,
heavy rains and those strong and chilling easterly winds.
Now that the worst is hopefully behind us, nature's seasonal
pattern is very evident for anyone who cares to look around the
Many of our wintering geese and wading birds are departing for
their northern and Arctic breeding areas, early spring flowers
are emerging and, as usual at this stage we await with anticipation
the arrival of summer birds, including those great harbingers of
spring, terns and Swallows.
Already, out across the island Skylarks are singing on fine days
high over fields still in their winter drabness before new growth
has started to green the landscape.
When I was a lad I was always told that Skylarks sang directly
over their nests. I wasted many hours calculated exactly the areas
underneath those birds and seeking out those nests
Now I know better and Skylark aren't that daft. They usually drop
into the thick grass and often walk or run for 50 yards or so before
slipping onto their eggs or reaching their cleverly concealed
Other larger and more prominent resident species are also
settling down to breed. March always brings the first wonderful
flying and calling displays from Lapwings over the rough areas of
meadow where they will lay their eggs late in the month and into
The "Peewit", as I always knew them, or the "Peesies" of older
islanders, are always so showy at this stage in their rolling and
diving mating flights accompanied by those calls that gave them
their old names.
Sandwich Tern: the largest of our tern
species and always the first to arrive in spring. Photo: Mike S
Sadly, the number of Lapwings breeding in Britain has fallen
sharply in recent decades and this has been reflected on the
island. I can recall springs when 30 or 40 pairs were present
and even one damp patch at the Snook where half a dozen pairs nested
in an area no bigger than a football pitch.
Those days are long past and now we are lucky if we have a dozen
thinly spread pairs. Lapwings have been affected by changes in
arable farming, particularly cereal planting regimes, and the
gradual loss of damp marginal land. But there's probably more to it
than that as conditions on the island haven't changed very much in
all the years I've been watching Lapwings.
Away from our resident breeders, March is the time for the
earliest of our summer visitors to appear. I always look
forward to that day in late March when, probably from the high point
of the Heugh or perhaps down at St Cuthbert's Island, I hear the
far-carrying and very unmusical screeching of the first Sandwich
Terns of spring. They're among many very vocal species that
you often hear before you see them.
Sandwich Terns are always the first of the family to arrive.
We'll probably have to wait until late April or into May until we
can see the Common, Arctic and Little terns, which will settle down
to nest in their mixed colony across on the Black Law.
We are lucky locally to have one of the east coast's few colonies
of Little Terns, a species which is becoming more uncommon by the
year. Little Terns like to nest on beaches close to the high water
mark. These are the very beaches that we humans - plus our dogs -
like to visit with the result that they have been pushed out of many
former nesting areas.
Even in undisturbed or protected areas like those used by our
local birds, nesting close to the high water mark is a very risky
strategy. It only takes one gale piling seas further up the beach to
destroy their nests, something which sadly occurs on many occasions.
Other nests can also become buried by blown sand. No wonder their
numbers are declining.
Also in late March, often on the Heugh or along the island's many
stone walls, I see the white flash of the rump of other new
arrivals, Wheatears, making their way northwards from sub-Saharan
By the time you're reading this and if I'm lucky I may have
encountered both of those typically very early species and am
impatiently awaiting the red-letter day when the first Swallows turn
up down at the beach sheds or flashing through the village gardens
in search of flying insects to revive them after their epic
migration from South Africa. But that's a subject which will have to
wait until later in the season..
We still don't have an opening date to share with you
unfortunately, but work continues to prepare the castle for that
much-anticipated day, certainly by me anyway.
Since the last issue the main concern of mine has been the
battering the castle has taken from the weather and while Storm
Darcy didn't quite live up to the 'Beast From the East 2' nickname
it was given, it certainly caused us one or two issues. Firstly,
anything from the east is bad news for the castle. The whole layout
of the building dating back to the 1550s is based on there being a
prevailing west/north-westerly wind. That is why the entrance ramp
is on the south east of the castle, the main front door is on the
south side of the castle, and the actual entry point into the
building is on the east side of the castle. The elevation with the
most windows? Yes, well done, it's the east side, and what are
windows if not simply weak points in stone walls?! All these areas
are relatively sheltered in normal weather, but as soon as things
flip round the castle becomes very vulnerable. In fact in my
experience, the only time we have had to close the castle to the
public due to high winds was during an easterly gale, such was the
difficultly of using the cobbled access ramp (Goodness knows what it
was like before the fence was put in? Perhaps some of you can
During my essential checks then during and after the bad weather,
much of the work involved keeping drains and roof channels clear and
checking internal areas for signs of leaks. We have examples of
severe mineral ingress, which is normal in the castle but was seen
in far greater quantities. This is where the mineral content in the
moisture is brought to the surface of the wall inside the castle by
evaporation; essentially resulting in salt crystals appearing on the
paint work. These can be vacuumed away easily but need to be
recorded in case of abnormal quantity (such as on this occasion). We
have also been keeping records of damage to lime wash, harling, and
pointing on the external elevations and the roof, so we can work out
a schedule or repairs when the warm weather returns. We even had a
few leaking windows, which proves that one way or another water will
get into the castle. Thankfully the work done in 2017/18 means that
it can get out again, and that any weak points had been
Despite all this it was a real treat to see the castle and island
covered in snow when the sun came out, another major difference with
the easterly weather from 2018. I don't think the castle has looked
that good in the snow since 2010/11. I found my way around the
frozen Stank field and positioned myself to get some photographs
from what I think is the castle's best side; which funnily enough is
the north-west, where that reassuringly normal prevailing weather
comes from. Taking the camera down from my eye, I paused and took a
breath, drinking in the view, the silence, and the almost pristine
freshness of the air. It was without doubt one of my most sublime
moments on the island.
Nick Lewis - Collections and House Officer
Castle firstname.lastname@example.org 07918
|NATURAL ENGLAND LINDISFARNE NNR
It has been a wild few weeks of weather on the Reserve with
relentless heavy rain giving way to heavy snow showers piling in off
the North Sea. In what is becoming an increasingly rare sight, the
Reserve looked even more picturesque under a blanket of snow.
However, the snow was accompanied by a biting easterly wind and
while daytime temperatures struggled to get above 0? Celcius the
wind chill made it feel as cold as -10?.
Spare a thought for the wintering birds on the Reserve who don't
have the benefit of going into a warm house at the end of the day.
During these cold periods birds are expending most of their energy
trying to keep warm. Feeding becomes increasingly difficult as many
of the invertebrate food sources delve deeper in the intertidal mud
and out of reach of some. As a result many birds start to lose
condition. Any additional stress such as disturbance by people and
dogs, can have a dramatic effect on the survival of birds,
especially at this time of year when they are trying to lay down
extra fat reserves for the long migration back to their breeding
In the strong easterly winds many seabirds wintering just off the
coast will have been struggling to feed in the mountainous seas that
we experienced last week. This means that you may come across more
carcasses of birds that didn't survive if you go for a walk along
the Reserve beaches. Now that the winds have eased somewhat birds
should be able to feed more easily.
The colder weather has caused movement of birds to the Reserve
from locally and from across the North Sea as they attempt to escape
the frigid temperatures and frozen ground for the 'milder'
Northumberland coast. Wigeon numbers have picked up slightly, likely
due to frozen bodies of water elsewhere. Also, while walking the
Reserve in the last couple of weeks, Woodcock have been recorded;
always waiting until the last second before flushing from under your
feet giving you fright! These birds have been escaping the
increasingly hostile temperatures across Europe hoping to find some
unfrozen ground so they can feed.
On a brighter note there have been no recorded cases of Avian
Influenza on the Reserve since before Christmas but that doesn't
mean that the disease isn't present. If you see any please do not
approach them and keep dogs on a short lead to prevent them coming
into contact with infected birds. Please report any dead or sick
birds to the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve Office on 01289
This coming week is set to become much milder as the source of
the weather flips from the east to the south-west. By the weekend
temperatures could be into the mid-teens. A reminder that spring is
just around the corner...
Lindisfarne & Newham
Who would believe that every moment of the day and night a
gigantic shark lurks in the sky above our heads on Holy
Island! The object in question is LDN1235: a reflection nebula
about 650 light years distant in the constellation of Cepheus close
to Polaris. Because it is adjacent to the northern celestial
pole, the Dark Shark never sets at our latitude. Instead it
swims in a small circle oscillating between 40 and 70 degrees above
the horizon to the north, roughly in the direction of
top chart shows fluctuating cloud cover over Holy Island during the
period in mid-February when the accompanying image of the Dark Shark
was taken. The lower chart shows average wind speed. Conditions were
favourable for astrophotography on the evening of 16th February with
both a clear sky and light winds.
Now actually seeing the Dark Shark is not so easy. The clue
lies in the designation "reflection nebula". These are deep
space objects in company with galaxies, star clusters and the more
common emission nebulae. But reflection nebulae are the quiet
understated members of the cosmic catalogue. They do not
themselves give out any light, but instead depend for illumination
on the light from adjacent stars. As such they are challenging
objects to photograph.
However I enjoy a challenge. And I find the subtle
molecular clouds often revealed in this branch of astrophotography
hauntingly beautiful. So when the skies finally cleared for a
few brief hours in mid-February, after weeks of cloudy winter
nights, I decided to target the Dark Shark.
Conditions have to be just right to capture LDN1235. First of
course clear skies are indispensable. Secondly, the wind
cannot be too strong, or the telescope will wobble. Look at the
report from my observatory weather station and you can see that all
was set fair on the evening of 16th February.
The top chart (in blue if you are reading the digital edition of
The Holy Island Times) shows the output from my cloud
detector. This clever gizmo works by comparing ambient ground
temperature (top dark line) with the radiant temperature of the sky
immediately overhead (lower lighter line). If the sky is
clear, the difference between these two readings will be
large. Clouds are relatively warm and so, if they are present,
the difference will be smaller. The lower chart records wind
speed and anything below 15mph is usually fine.
As well as no clouds and gentle winds, the darkest possible skies
are also important, as any light pollution will drown out the faint
signal from the Dark Shark. The Moon is a notorious source of
such unwanted light. Fortunately on 16th June it was still only a
crescent, setting well before midnight.
The Dark Shark (also known as LDN1235) in the constellation Cepheus.
This photograph was taken from Skylark Observatory on Holy Island by
the author. It is a work in progress, needing many further nights of
data acquisition to improve image quality.
So for several hours I was able to capture a series of 5-minute
exposures using four different colour filters: red, green, blue and
luminance. Luminance is essentially a clear filter,
cutting-out only unwanted infrared and ultraviolet light beyond the
limits of the visible spectrum. I gathered around an hour of
data in each filter channel. This is nothing like sufficient
for a high-quality finished photograph. But was enough to
process and produce the preliminary image of the Dark Shark that
accompanies this column.
Hopefully you can make out the body of the Dark Shark as it dives
downwards in the image. It is composed of a cloud of dark brown
dust, that shows up against the luminous background of stars.
There are a few bright stars positioned in front of the nebula and
their light is not dimmed. Other stars just behind the shark
illuminate the edges of the brown molecular cloud. The Dark
Shark's "eye" (or you might prefer "snout") is revealed as a thicker
region of molecular cloud, with no background stars able to shine
This image is very much a work in progress. I must now
gather data over many more nights in order to do full justice to
this target. The good news is that any clear night will
do. Unlike the vast majority of other astronomical targets, it
is not necessary to wait for the right season or even a particular
time of night. The Dark Shark is always be waiting for me
|'CHANCING IT' ON THE CAUSEWAY
One of the very few benefits of lockdown must have been a lack of
callouts for the island's Coastguard team to rescue motorists
stranded by the tide and their own stupidity at the Causeway.
Once restrictions are eased and things get back to normal no
doubt the monotonously regular callouts for help will resume.
But if you think that motorists chancing it through water is
anything new then just have a look at this old photograph. It was
taken shortly after the Causeway was opened back in 1954. A convoy
of three cars race through what looks fairly deep water en route for
The old photograph came my way recently from a friend who was
acting as executor for another birding colleague, Brian Little, who
died last October, aged 84.
I don't know whether he took the photograph but it was found in a
mountain of old pictures, documents and other material he'd
accumulated over the decades. Knowing my connections with the
island, those tasked with sorting out his things knew it would be of
interest to me.
The caption written on the back said it had been taken shortly
after the Causeway was opened. The vintage of the cars shown
certainly seems to bear that out. I'm not quite sure of their make
but I'm sure folk who know more about old cars than me can help out
on that one.
Brian was a very regular visitor to the island, usually staying
at the Manor House in more recent decades, and claimed to have first
come as a teenager.
The original photograph was badly creased but thanks to the
technical skills of Max Whitby the copy which appears here has been
|FROM THE COMMUNITY OF AIDAN AND HILDA
Holy Island pilgrims from three continents have recently
contacted me with interesting information.
The first refers to my single hymn verse (the first lines were
inspired by a locally written Holy Island Prayer) in The Celtic
Hymnbook, which I have said is unlikely to get into other hymn books
without a second verse. The verse is:
Here be the peace of those who do your sacred will; here be
the praise of God by night and day; here be the place where strong
ones serve the weakest, here be a sight of Christ's most gentle
Here be the strength of prophets righting greed and wrong,
here be the green of land that's tilled with love; here be the
soil of holy lives maturing, here be a people one with all the
My correspondent suggests this second verse:
O Lord my God, with seas around us raging We hear your
voice and take the pilgrim's way Here are the stories that You
tell Your children You guard by night, you guide us in the day Now
lead us on, across the fields and mountains Where those who love
You travelled long before Here is the place where we can find Your
footsteps The faithful welcome and the ever open door
Any more offerings?
A pilgrim from USA remembers being taught to 'throw' prayers into
the winds - and asks if I could I locate such a prayer? I perused A
Holy Island Prayer book which in USA is - published by Morehouse,
but all I could find was this prayer:
May I be real, like the elements. May I be true, like
the fire May I be free, like the wind
May the love
that is within me flow, like water. And may I not forget the
fifth element, the flowers
Dear God, give me
fragrance in my relationships.
Can any reader provide something more to the point?
A third pilgrim who spent several weeks on the island has
moved into a small flat in South Africa which has a garden in a
sand dune. During lock-down she has decided to make it 'something
beautiful for God'. Our dunes have orchids - I wonder what hers
Finally, a local colleague sent me this link https://youtu.be/LW4ALBDIF88
for a brilliant old-time film of Northumbria starting with fishermen
and a wedding on Holy Island - can you recognize great
|FROM THE VICARAGE
||Rev Canon Dr Sarah
We are still in a time of pandemic. As I write, we are expecting
some more news in the next week or so from the government about how
and when we might come out of lockdown. And, in the church's year,
we are now in Lent, the 40 days leading towards Good Friday and
Easter Day. Jesus's journey towards his death and resurrection. Lent
is a time for us to reflect on our own lives, and our relationships
in our communities. Sometimes people give up things for Lent -
chocolate, biscuits, whatever is a 'treat'. Other people take up
something for Lent - exercise maybe. Or trying to be more forgiving.
Or kind to others.
This year in the time of covid, we are journeying through Lent in
a very particular way. Maybe you have given or taken up something,
and that's all good. I would like to suggest that this year in the
pandemic, we don't necessarily take or give up something new. Rather
that we continue to love one another. To perform those small acts of
kindness that we have seen on this island over the last year during
the lockdowns. And that we continue to help each other as this
island community has done for centuries, in whatever difficulties or
disasters that have befallen it. We look forward to the joy of
Easter, and in the meantime, we live as Christ lived and loved us.
We try to see the face of God in each other.
I was asked to take part in the Radio 4 Sunday Service on
Valentines Day. To talk about 'love as helping out'. This is what I
'Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one
another.' 1 John 4:11
Here on Holy Island, we are a small community of 150 people.
Fishermen, farmers, people in their latter years, school children. A
few people have jobs on the mainland, many are retired, some
furloughed from the tourism industry. A community of family,
friends, neighbours. Some we agree with, some we don't. Some
vaccinated against covid, some not yet. Many struggling with
the lockdown restrictions, isolation, loneliness. The day-to-day
business of food shopping, getting medication from the mainland,
fear of the virus sweeping onto the island with the incoming tide.
This is a place which has always done 'community' well. It has had
to, cut off twice a day by the tide.
But in this pandemic, we are learning afresh how to live together
on this tidal island. John exhorts us to love one another
since God loved us so much. What does that mean here on Holy Island
as we enter 2021, still in the midst of this pandemic? Well, it
manifests in the quotidian, the ordinary. We have set up the Holy
Island Support Group, a facebook group and a newsletter through
everyone's door once a week. Offers of firewood, help with food
shopping, takeaways once a week delivered to your door in all
weathers. A food pantry in the church porch for anyone to help
themselves. A bored teenager walking a shielding couples' dogs. Love
on Holy Island in a time of covid. We have joined the 'warm hub'
network, through Community Action Northumberland, which has enabled
us to give out slow cookers for healthy eating, tablets for digital
inclusion, and a plethora of jigsaws for boredom! Love on Holy
Island in a time of covid.
Above all, this time of pandemic gives us the realisation that we
need each other. We need to give and we need to receive. It is in
these ordinary acts of kindness that love is found. It's not
perfect, we still fall out sometimes, but that's OK. We are an
ordinary community in an extraordinary place of liminal beauty. St
Aidan in the 7th century walked the lanes of this island sharing
hospitality, building community, bringing peace - the good news of
Christ. He is a pretty good model for us to follow in the 21st
century contending with this time of covid conflict. Just as God
loves us, through his grace we are enabled to love others. In these
day-to-day acts of love here on Holy Island we can play a small part
in building up God's kingdom here on earth. Love on Holy Island in a
time of covid.
St Mary's Church
Revd Canon Dr Sarah Hills
Holy Island and Area Dean for Norham