Vicar's letter October / November 2018

November 11th this year sees us hold two contrasting emotions in tension. We commemorate, as we do every year, the sacrifice of lives given in service to our country. This year, however, we celebrate too: a century since that First World War came to an end.

In the last four years much work has been done to research the (mainly) men whose names are recorded on our war memorials. Projects across the country have sought to give them faces and to find out about their lives before the war. It is important that they are remembered and honoured.

Maybe this year we will remember too those who lived; those who came back. Nothing could erase the horrors they had seen, the conditions in which they had lived or the fear that they had experienced. Many were wounded or maimed and many more would carry the scars to their mental health for the rest of their lives. They were a generation who did not speak of their experiences, but got on with trying to live as best they could.

All those who helped to establish the peace that returned to this country in November 2018 were heroes and all should be honoured for their example of selfless service. We will remember them.

In our society and in our community today there are those who quietly live a comparable life of selfless service. They are often hard to identify or name because they do not draw attention to themselves or their actions. None-the-less they are working on, usually in the background, maintaining the peace of our “ordinary” lives.

At this time of the year, when we remember so many different things, and pause to take stock, perhaps a careful look around us will help us to spot these modern heroes and heroines, giving of themselves, just as those long remembered soldiers did. If you can identify one of them, thank them and help them to know that their quiet contribution to our world is appreciated.


May the peace of God fill your homes and your hearts,



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May ’18 Winged and Floral Delights, St Peter’s Patch

May ’18 Winged and Floral Delights, St Peter’s Patch

Leaving behind the Flower Festival displays on Sunday 6th May, I walked into the strong late afternoon sunshine which heated the East end of the churchyard by the wood. The stage was set for another glorious display of the weekend. Into the sunlight danced six different types of butterflies although not fluttering together but generally taking their cue one by one over the course of an hour.


The most obliging individual was a “Comma” which offered some patient watching as it warmed its wings sitting on Cow Parsley, some grass cuttings and bare earth. I managed to photograph it when in this resting position. It looks as though its wings have been ripped like a torn paper. It doesn’t have the smooth outline of the “Small Veined White” which also obliged me enough to warrant a photo but it’s camouflage gives a “Where’s Wally” type puzzle! There were also two small whites fluttering about.


A Peacock butterfly made a brief entry. A Holly blue became a brillliant bright surprise visitor although later, on leaving there were two dancing together outside the Old Vicarage hedge. Over the previous afternoon an Orange Tip had been fluttering over the gravestones at great speed. The Male Orange tip lives up to its name and is easily spotted on the wing dallyancing until it’s pale winged mate is located. I managed a photo of a female in my garden this week feasting for a moment on the one Lady’s Smock that’s sprung up this year. Again – you have to look hard at the photo.


There is a legend that the mother of Constantine the Great, St Helena, found a smock in a cave near Bethlehem, left by the Virgin Mary! The flower lhas been said to look like little smocks hung out to dry.


And no spring post would be complete without bluebells, here with the Bell tower behind taken this week.


To view all images, look in the Churchyard album via The Gallery.


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