14 Nov 2020 0 Comment

Keeping in Touch 28: God with us in uncertainty

Dear Friends, With Remembrance marked, all thoughts turn to Christmas. What will it be like? How will we celebrate in church, at home, with family and friends? These are questions that are all a bit ‘up in the air’ for all...
6 Nov 2020 0 Comment

Keeping in Touch 27: Uncertain times

Dear Friends, This week I have been following the twists and turns of the US presidential election. If you like drama it’s certainly a good place to look for it! As I write, things are fairly evenly balanced. It looks as if...
24 Oct 2020 0 Comment

Keeping in Touch 26: Not on our own

Dear Friends, This week the clergy and readers of the Deanery had our first in person meeting since before the Pandemic began. We have seen each other in ones and twos and via zoom but ‘it’s just not the same’. I don’t...
18 Oct 2020 0 Comment

Keeping in Touch 25: Holding the Balance

Dear Friends, October is a month when I am often thinking about my maternal grandfather, Kenneth Chitty. It is the month of his birthday and of the anniversary of his death. This year isn’t a significant anniversary (11 years...
9 Oct 2020 0 Comment

Keeping in Touch 24: Dreams and visions

Dear Friends, This Sunday is our delayed Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM). Like churches across the country (apart from a few super-keen ones who had already held theirs in early March!) we had to put our annual meeting on...
3 Sep 2020 0 Comment

Keeping in Touch 23: O sing unto the Lord a new song

‘One who sings, prays twice’, attrib. St Augustine of Hippo Dear Friends, It is my great pleasure to tell you that our choir are back! In line with recent advice from the government, allowing up to 15 people to sing...
29 Aug 2020 0 Comment

Keeping in Touch 22: Falling Acorns

Dear Friends, During my time off earlier this month, Rachel and I had a short break in the New Forest. I’ve been visiting the New Forest since I was a small boy and it is a place I love to return to. The woods, the heathland,...
6 Aug 2020 0 Comment

Keeping in Touch 21: Planting, watering, harvesting

Dear Friends, Earlier this week, Rachel and I went for a walk up the other side of the valley. We’re pretty familiar with the paths around the village and over towards Chipperfield now, but we hadn’t yet ventured across...
30 Jul 2020 0 Comment

Keeping in Touch 20: An Easter People

A reminder of Lockdown Easter Dear Friends, Remember Easter? That was a long time ago now! But I’m sure Holy Week and Easter 2020 will always stick in your mind. It will certainly stick in mine! Only a week or so into Live...
23 Jul 2020 0 Comment

Keeping in Touch 19: Not going back but going forward

The way through the woods from a recent walk Dear Friends, As restrictions begin to ease, I think many of us were expecting to be able to ‘go back to normal’. That is certainly what I had been hoping for several weeks...