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Tudor blockbuster

10 Feb

Last week the author Hilary Mantel was made a Dame for services to Literature, one of the more deserved honours awarded by our somewhat peculiar and perhaps outdated system of recognising achievement beyond the norm. I am sure those who have read her books will agree that she is perhaps the outstanding writer of fiction […]

You might not want to hear this ….

10 Feb

What offends you? I’m not quick to take offense, but there are things which I hear that cause me upset. They are likely to be different things to you, and there’s the rub. Who is to arbitrate on such matters? For centuries Christianity was ‘protected’ by the law of blasphemy. That is, one could find […]

Just joking!

10 Feb

I’ll let you into a little secret as long as you promise not to tell anyone else. I’ve always wanted to be a stand-up comic. Before you say it, I know already the Bishop thinks my ministry’s a big joke! There’s something about the ability to amuse and make others laugh that is attractive. And, […]

Latest Team Rector’s Report

28 Jan

Team Rector’s Report Winter/Spring 2015 This report covers principally the Christmas season, although you will note below that there are some key issues which have been raised by the diocese recently that we will need to discuss.  Please see the appendix to this report. December proved to be its usual busy month for the churches […]

Let them eat cake!

09 Jan

This post was published previously in The Bridport News I asked my Dad what was his enduring personal memory as a young man of living through the Second World War. His answer rather surprised me: ‘Always feeling hungry’. I suppose him being a sport mad teenager who did demanding physical work in the local colliery […]

Reflecting the new year

04 Jan

In Roman mythology the god of beginnings and transitions was called Janus, the name from which we derive our ‘January’. Janus was typically depicted as having two faces, one looking forward to the future and the other looking back to the past. The beginning of a new year is inevitably a time for reflection and […]

Born in a queue.

19 Dec

This article was previously published in The Bridport News ‘Oh little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!’ Surely one of the best known and much loved of the carols sang at this time of year. Its author, Philip Brooks was a minister at Holy Trinity church in Boston in the United States […]

Stocking fillers.

17 Dec

As part of Cupboard Love, Bridport Team is distributing 50 children’s stockings to families this Christmas.  A dozen folks helped to follow the instructions to make sure that each stocking was individual to a boy or girl of a set age.  This year around thirty to forty hampers will also be distributed and these will include a complete […]

Money and Murder is better!

17 Dec

This article was previously published in The Bridport News He was over six foot six, about eighteen stones, dressed from head to foot in bikers leathers, was shaking like a leaf and was standing on my doorstep. It turned out that this particular ‘Hell’s Angel’ had managed to scare the living daylights out of himself […]

She’s quick and has got the stamina!

01 Dec

This article was published in the Bridport Times. There is something about clerics and steam trains. Several years ago at a clergy conference talent contest (it really was as grim as it sounds), the Revd Andrew Dow entertained his colleagues by reproducing the sounds of various engines and a tube train on the underground. To […]

No reason to lose one’s head.

19 Nov

This article was published previously in the Bridport Times. In St. Mary’s Church in Bridport there is a plaque which details the story of a skirmish outside the Bull Hotel in 1685 during the so-called Monmouth Rebellion. It details the death of a man called Coker, killed by a gunshot allegedly from a window of […]

Those where the days my friend…

19 Nov

This article was published previously in the Bridport News On Saturday, Petula Clark celebrates her 82nd birthday. I know! 82! Paul Mc Cartney is a mere lad at 72 and who could imagine that ‘The Who’ have been together for fifty years? As for Mick Jagger, well ….. Pet Clark was a great favourite of […]

Lest we forget

15 Nov

Remembrance Day Sermon, 8th November, 2014. (This is a copy of the sermon preached by the Team Rector at the Civic Service of Remembrance)   2014 has proved to have been a significant year for reflection and remembrance. In June we recalled the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings and then in August the centenary […]

A concert to remember.

11 Nov

Members of the Taunton Deane Male Voice Choir performed at St. Mary’s Bridport on Remembrance Weekend.  Singing medley’s of songs, including those from the Great War period and ably supported by soloist Danielle Stacey Evans it was a wonderful event.  All the money’s raised went to support the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.  The concert […]

The oldest trade?

01 Sep

This article was previously published in The Bridport News Two years ago I visited a brothel near Naples. No, you don’t need to read it again, that’s what I said. It was a small and rather dimly lit place. Given the cosmopolitan nature of the clientele the various services on offer might be viewed by […]

Shiver me timbers!

22 Aug

This post was first published in the Bridport News. Warships are dangerous things, they are after all meant to be. Bridport has a long and noble history of involvement with the sea. The Salt house reminds us of the historic trade links with Newfoundland in Canada. Not only did nets made in Bridport go there […]

Commemoration of First World War

05 Aug

Many hundreds of people attended the commemorative events being hosted by St. Mary’s in South Street in partnership with the Town Council and the Heritage Forum to mark the centenary of the First World War. On Sunday 3rd August there was a parade followed by a special service in the church attended by the Mayor […]

The Nation’s Need: August 1914

01 Aug

This is an edited version of a sermon given by Canon Farrer, Rector of Bridport on Sunday 14th August 1914 in St. Mary’s Church, Bridport.  It was reprised by his successor, Canon Andrew Evans, as part of the ‘Lest Bridport Forgets’ concert held at the church on Sunday 3rd August, 2014.  The original may be read […]

A step forward …..

28 Jul

I popped into the Local History Centre this week and met some of the wonderfully helpful staff. In the museum’s collections are some items belonging to a local suffragette. Not on public display at the moment, they represent nevertheless a fascinating insight into the history of the town. A purple, green and white sash and […]

Trombones, teas and tombola’s!

19 Jul

People flocked to three of our churches in the last week for a super time of summer fun and entertainment.  St. Swithun’s held its annual summer fair and was blessed with excellent weather and a large crowd of people.  The St. Swithun’s band played as people munched cream teas and enjoyed playing on the stalls.  […]

Celebrating women’s contribution.

08 Mar

Singer-songwriter Chloe Lippet-Evans of local band ‘Songbird’ in the middle of a set to celebrate International Women’s Day in Bucky Doo Square in Bridport.  Chloe is the leader of St. Mary’s Young People’s Group ‘Rock Solid’ and her striving to overcome her disabilities are a source of inspiration to many local people. On Friday at […]

Break the chain International Woman’s Day

08 Mar

Exuberant dancers of all ages and conditions filled Bucky Doo Square as part of International Women’s Day to ‘Break the Chain’ of violence against women worldwide.  The statistics are staggering and depressing.  One in three women worldwide will be beaten or raped in their lifetime and the conditions that cause such violence are deeply rooted […]

Flipping pancakes!

04 Mar

Folks from our local churches and passers by dropped into Church House over lunchtime on Shrove Tuesday to enjoy delicious hot pancakes with sweet or savory fillings.  The kitchen crew were kept very busy as the hungry hordes gathered.  Donations were greatfully received to help fund holidays for local families at a hotel in Sidmouth […]

Unsung heroes

01 Mar

John Martin Nicholls with our Christian Aid team. He was funny, he was challenging, he was prophetic and he sang and played well!    Over 60 people enjoyed a visit from Exmouth based but worldwide working singer/songwriter John Martin Nicholl at St. Mary’s, Bridport recently.  John’s ‘unsung heroes’ were people he has met in his […]