Vicar's Blog

  • Vicar’s Blog July 2017

    24th June

    Twice a year, students in the symphony orchestra at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester spend a dedicated week preparing for a major public concert,…

  • Vicar’s Blog May 2017

    28th April

    I’m writing this a couple of days after the death of Martin McGuinness, the one-time IRA Commander who went on to become an important part…

  • Vicar’s Blog April 2017

    15th April

    I read recently a shocking report of a woman who was deported from the UK, after losing her indefinite leave to remain. The authorities were…

  • Vicar’s Blog March 2017

    7th February

    A headteacher I know a little did something the other day which I thought was rather good.  I didn’t witness it first hand, but learnt…

  • Vicar’s Blog February 2017

    7th February

    I’m writing this shortly before Christmas (although readers won’t be seeing this edition of the magazine until 2017 is well under way).  So a lot…

  • Vicar’s Blog January 2017

    1st January

    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…

  • Vicar’s Blog December 2016

    4th December

    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…

  • Vicar’s Blog November 2016

    31st October

    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…

  • Vicar’s Blog October 2016

    2nd October

    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…

  • Vicar’s Blog September 2016

    3rd September

    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…