From Plaistow to Passchendaele

Last Sunday I followed in the footsteps of family members long gone by taking part in the morning worship of the Parish church of St Mary’s, Plaistow.  A hundred years to the day, my great great uncle, Fred Cearns was struck down on the battlefield of Passchendaele, near Yprés.  I was at the church with…

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Faces of Faith

I have spent the last 30 days surrounded by a host of larger than life faces watching my every move.  Before you ask, no it is not the latest reality TV offering from Channel 5, but instead the lot of a guardian of an art exhibition.    After a chance (or perhaps not) meeting, the…

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Strength in our Weakness

This is the final Reflection at BBC Cambs Faith Show’s guest for a month.   Hoping to be able to return again in the Autumn to chat with Pam Mungroo about the exciting work I am doing now involved in helping the church and the community it serves to flourish in the modern world. The…

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Rainbow of views

Below is the transcript to my fourth Reflections that you can hear on the BBC Cambs Sunday Faith Show with Pam Mungroo BBC Cambs Faith Show. It was a freezing cold February night, I was wrapped up against the elements and as I stepped out of the taxi and looked up at Shire Hall, I felt…

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Towers and Tears

Here is the transcript of the latest Reflection broadcast on BBC Cambs Radio Faith Show. Link below.  The reflections are 20 minutes into the programme. BBC Cambs Faith Show with Pam Mungroo …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… In the early days of recovery at home from heart surgery, I was struck that I never felt ill as such; it…

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Red lines and Rainbow flags

The next morning, I found myself walking up the staircase of Shire Hall as a new councillor and greeting the CEO and fellow councillors.  It reminded me somewhat of being back on the stage in a production of ‘My Fair Lady’ in the Ball scene, as the rather nervous Freddie Eynsford-Hill. I was therefore doubly…

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Thy Kingdom Come

How quickly were the days following that Easter Sunday and soon I was no longer thinking about drain covers, wobbly pavements and even wobblier political policies (although to be completely honest, I think once you have been a Councillor, you don’t really ever stop noticing those things.  Indeed the civic geek in me used to…

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