Vicar’s Blog January 2017

Something that has remained an inspiration for me over a long period is a meditation by John Henry Newman called “Some Definite Service”.  It begins like this: “God knows me and calls me by my name.… God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He… Read more »

Vicar’s Blog December 2016

Any of you who’ve driven in Italy will know that it can be an interesting experience! The Italians are renowned for their flamboyant driving, and for imagining that they’re all driving Ferraris! I’ve had a number of hair-raising moments myself over there. I remember once, many years ago, hitching a lift with a girl whose… Read more »

Vicar’s Blog November 2016

A while ago, there was an article in the magazine ‘New Scientist’ entitled “Reasons to be cheerful”.  Science, we’re told, is beginning to identify the keys to a happy life, and the article explored 10 of them.  One key is “Find God”.  The overwhelming majority of studies show that people who “get involved in a… Read more »

Vicar’s Blog October 2016

There is a story (who am I to judge whether it’s true or apocryphal?!) that Henry Ford once made a visit to Dublin, and while in the city he was moved to offer a donation of £1,000 to the building of a new hospital there. The Dublin Times accidently on purpose reported that he had… Read more »

Vicar’s Blog September 2016

The story goes that one day, in a rather strict Christian primary school, the children were queuing up in the dining room at lunchtime. At one end of the counter was a huge pile of apples. The teacher on duty that day – one of the strictest – had written a large note and placed… Read more »

Vicar’s Blog August 2016

I’m told that bad backs account for more lost days in industry in this country than any other ailment. Most of the time my back behaves itself pretty well, but, unfortunately, now and again it throws a wobbly, and when it does, one of the things that helps is to lie on my back for… Read more »

Vicar’s Blog July 2016

“There is a time for everything,” says the Book of Ecclesiastes, “and a season for every activity under the sun” (3:1). “A time to be born and a time to die…. a time to mourn and a time to dance…. a time to keep and a time to throw away”… and so on. Some of… Read more »

Vicar’s Blog June 2016

So, Referendum Day approaches! I rather suspect that more words have been said – and indeed tempers frayed – over this EU Referendum than over any General Election. The “referendum build-up” certainly seems to have been going on for a very long time! If that’s correct, it’s not that surprising. The decision which we’ll be… Read more »

Vicar’s Blog May 2016

One Saturday in March, Brenda and I went into Manchester to visit “PassionArt: BE STILL”. This was an event that “celebrates the ancient Christian festival of Lent through the mindful reflection of art in six of Manchester’s most iconic venues”. And very interesting it was, too. The number of exhibits was small, but that turned… Read more »

Vicar’s Blog April 2016

If you don’t like football, please don’t feel you have to give up on this article now! Because what I’m about to say is not really about football, so much as about life in general. But my starting point is Leicester City. As I write (on the last day of February), Leicester are at the… Read more »


London Road
Hazel Grove, Stockport


0161 483 6325


Norbury on