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Today I share with you what is most definitely a personal reflection. Please read it in that light!

When I was a school chaplain I remember walking with the Head through the school during holiday time. He paused for a moment and said “Aren't schools wonderful without the children!“ He didn’t mean it of course, he was one of the most dedicated teachers I have ever known, - but we all know what he meant.

I count myself so fortunate. Unlike almost all of you I...

August 29, 2017

I was recently asked a question by my accountant.

“Can you put down what your salary is please?”

I thought about explaining that priests don’t get a salary – but I didn’t. It was easier just to go along with the practicality of the question. But it set me thinking. The modern Church of England seems more and more like a business. That’s another article perhaps, but there a measurements of almost everything. Talk of successes and failures of initiatives, The...

June 1, 2016

Dear Friends,


June sees the Feast of St Peter & St Paul. This feast has been in the last few decades at least, the time for the ordination of deacons and priests.



This Petertide sees the 30th anniversary of my Ordination as a Priest. Naturally this has led me to ponder about what I did, what I vowed myself to, all those years ago.


On May 10th I along with Dot, Helen and our two Ians went to the Guildhall in Preston for a combined launch of Vision 2026 in o...

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