|A BIT FROM ME
A very warm welcome to the October issue of our online
British readers will be only too aware that October promises to
be the culmination of our participation in the European Union.
Whilst some might regard the results of the national referendum of
2016 as being marginal, from one of the highest turnouts in modern
times the democratic result was in favour of leaving the EU. Of
course those on the losing side are not happy. There are splits
between political parties, countries, regions, families and
friends. For those looking in on our democratic systems it is
obvious that feelings are very high. Regardless of affiliations,
individually very many will feel powerless and helpless to
affect this critical final phase. And in this frame of mind I
noted and share the editorial in our community newsletter
written by Revd Canon Kate Tristram:
Our newspapers have recently advised us to be optimistic:
you live longer that way. But how can we? Think of the
world situation. Our Supreme Court has just delivered its
decisions. What will happen next? What will be the
final solution for our brexit-problem and related problems?
In this moment of bafflement my mind went back to those who
lived here long before us, the monks of our first monastery. After
the meeting of the Synod of Whitby in 664 half of their community
broke off and departed. Those who remained must have felt
defeated. They could no longer run a country-wide
mission. What could they do?
I have wondered whether it was some genius among them who
suggested that they should now concentrate on the other monastic
craft, that of book production. So, perhaps, they did
that. Within 50 years they had produced one of their
greatest claims to fame, the Lindisfarne Gospels. This book
was not written by an isolated novice in the art; it was written
by an experienced master. There must have been here a really
flourishing scriptorium. There must have been many more
So when we don't know what might happen, be
Thank you to our authors who have again made time to produce
our newsletter this month. In particular Dr.David Petts who brings
news of the continuing DigVentures exploration in Sanctuary
Close - adjacent to the east side of the priory. We're so fortunate
that they did not have paper money!
We hope you enjoy your newsletter and look forward to getting in
touch in November.
|HOLY ISLAND CofE FIRST SCHOOL
The first few weeks of term seem
to have flown by and we've managed to have a few warm, sunny moments
on the field and in the garden. We've had a great start to the
new school year - Scarlett-Beau and Lily-Ella were very excited to
see that a magical fairy toadstool had appeared in the classroom
over the holidays. Me and Mrs Ward have absolutely no idea where it
came from! There are fairies, a secret door and even a fairy washing
line. This led to some lovely conversation and imaginative play from
the girls and was followed by letters to and from the fairies and
the making of a very cute fairy puppet theatre.
The way the tides have been has meant that we have spent a lot of
time at Lowick this month. The girls were eager to meet their
friends and teachers again and they always enjoy being part of a
larger group and the opportunities and possibilities that brings.
Part of our day involves the journey, in my car, to and from Lowick.
This must be one of the most beautiful journeys to and from school
in the world! Every day is different and the girls use the time to
play counting and alphabet games, singing and telling stories, and
looking around at the sea and the sky and the wildlife. We've
noticed lots of wading birds recently and Scarlett-Beau has written
a report for you about one of her favourites.
Our garden is doing well. The vegetables are growing and we have
harvested our potatoes, broad beans, green beans, chard and
radishes. The sunflowers are looking especially beautiful as the
sunlight illuminates their rich golden and russet red petals and the
bees nuzzle in the nut brown centres. We are getting ready to plant
some bulbs in the next few weeks. We have daffodils and bluebells
and plan to plant them in drifts in the wild area at the bottom of
We are looking forward to the rest of the term - our topic is
travel and transport and we will be visiting the National Museum of
Flight in North Berwick. I'm sure this will be an interesting day
out and the children will be taking part in workshops and looking at
the different aircraft on show. We have a skipping workshop coming
up in October - look out for skipping girls on the island!
On Friday 11th October our Harvest Service will take place at St
Mary's Church on Holy Island at 10.30am. Please join us if you can -
all are welcome.
|THE READING ROOM
At the end of March 2019, having
looked after and maintained the Reading Room for 23 years, Marygate
House gave up the lease and day to day control reverted to the
Trustees of the Charity, the Robert Crossman Public Library and
During this process, the Trustees themselves changed following
the succession of Paul Collins as Vicar of St Mary's Church by Sarah
Hills and the decisions taken by the holders of two traditional
Trustee positions. Namely by the current Harbour Master not to take
up the post and by Ralph Wilson, the Chief Pilot, to step down after
many years' service. The new board consisted of Jane Crossman; Sarah
Hills; Church Wardens Thelma Dunne and Maureen Bushnell and Archive
Group Member John Bevan. Thelma also being a member of the Archive
Although Jane Crossman had officially opened the renovated
Reading Room in October 2018, much still needed to be done to
complete the archive room and it was during April and May that the
installation of new furniture, an overhead projector and screen and
IT equipment was completed. Digital and physical archive records
were gradually built up and finally at the end of May high speed
broadband was installed. On June 18th Islanders and those from the
mainland who had been involved in the project were invited to see
what had been achieved. The changes received an enthusiastic
reception with many islanders spending hours poring over the old
The Reading Room itself is suitable for groups of up to 12 or 15
and to date has been used for meetings by among others the PCC; HIP
(the Holy Island Partnership) and the Holy Island Community Archive
Group. It is also available without charge to all residents and for
a fee for hire by groups visiting the Island. Access to archive
material held on site or on approved digital records is available on
request through the Holy Island Community Archive Group. The IT
equipment including a printer, scanner and laminator is also
available by arrangement for use by residents.
A major part of the renovation of the Reading Room was the
creation of the separate Archive Room, intended to bring home Island
records and to be the base for the Archive Group. Physical records
include transcripts of census records 1841 - 1911; Registers of
Births, Marriages, Baptisms and Deaths with some of these dating
from as early as 1578. A record of the Lifeboats and the men who
manned them, and Elfreda Elford's fascinating memories of the island
from 1916 until well into this century together with a collection of
maps and charts and comprehensive digital records will allow the
Archive Group, and other interested parties in conjunction with the
group, to research the social history of the Island and its
residents. These archives are being progressively built up in
With the work completed, the funding from the Heritage Lottery
Fund ended and the Trustees and Archive Group now need to ensure
that finances are available to maintain and develop the Reading Room
and Archive, so enabling the Trustees to fulfil the Charity's
historic function in a modern context. While Holy Island Parish
Council has agreed to give support if necessary and the Development
Trust has already made a donation to the Archive Group, a steady
income is required. As the room is used more this will come from
donations and hire charges, but the Archive Group also produced a 72
page photo book - Time & Tide on Holy Island - which went on
sale in time for the opening in June 2019 with all profits going to
the Group. To date over 170 of the initial print run of 600 have
Access to the Reading Room can be arranged by contacting one of
A Bright Future.
The world in general and Holy Island in particular is a very
different place to that of 1873 when the Reading Room was
established as a charity but with the support of friends of the
Island and its residents, and thanks to the investment by HLF
Peregrini Lindisfarne Landscape Partnership, the Reading Room and
associated archives can be not only a useful facility for the
community but can help todays Islanders connect to their
|THE CROSSMAN HALL
Greetings all, and as we old codgers say at this time of year;
"have you noticed how the days are cutting in and the mornings are
chilly" and there have been noticeable bird movements as the
journeys begin to seek warmer winter quarters. On Sunday 22
September, as the tide opened, I was crossing the Causeway when
250/300 Brent came in low over the Sand Rig, crossed the Causeway at
3or 4 metres and dropped into the Low to rest and recover. These
were likely to have just crossed the North Sea, possibly from their
breeding grounds in Svalbad.
I've still got a Swallow in my outbuildings and I shout at it
that it telling it it's time to head south and when I look up there
are still a few House Martins to be seen. As the summer visitors go,
there are silver flashes of Dunlin flying across the sands and
stopping to feed on the Swad and Dolphin Stones. Autumn is a grand
During the first two week of the month the Hall looked like a
cross between a Greek restaurant after a party night and Smithfield
Market. Boxes of broken pottery and remains of animal bones, yes,
the Archaeologists were in residence cleaning, processing and
conserving their latest finds.
It's been an exciting time with new 'name and knot-work stones'
recovered and most unusually a finger bone unearthed complete two
copper rings. DigVentures will return and present a report to
Islanders on this seasons dig activities.
As the Archaeologists moved out for another year, less exciting
users continued with schools, churches and charities basing their
visits to the Island in the Hall.
Crossman Hall Trustees met mid-month and welcomed two new
members, as well as, conducting more usual business, such as
renewing our insurance cover and electricity supplier for 2020.
Currently the Trustees are:
Sue Massey, Chair
Jane Crossman (new appointment)
Rev Canon Dr Sarah Hills (new appointment)
Sam Quilty (retired)
David O'Connor, Secretary
As the month drew to a close preparations got underway for the
first Island Wedding for many a year. After the Service, the
Celebration will be held in the Hall.
Reminder: The fitness area is closed when an event is being held
in the main Hall.
David O' - Contact email@example.com
the new Crossman Hall website: firstname.lastname@example.org
|BIRDERS' URGED TO HELP CHURCH
With thanks to Max Whitby for providing all the photos used
in this article
Coastal gardens with good cover are always wonderful places for
migrant birds, often tired and hungry after often making incredible
journeys of thousands of miles.
Along the north east coast few have a greater reputation for
turning up mouth-watering rare species than the Vicarage garden here
on the island.
While the island is justly famed as the cradle of Christianity in
the north, the Lindisfarne Gospels and the first Viking raid on
England, is also a hotspot during autumn and spring when it has the
reputation of turning up many sought-after rare bird species.
Over the years, the Vicarage garden has hosted a superb list of
rarities with the stone wall on the south side at ideal elbow height
for resting binoculars. It and the churchyard trees are usually the
first spots to be checked by bird-watchers visiting the village.
In autumn it can be wonderful if wind and weather are favourable
for attracting species colloquially referred by known to birders as
"Sibes," - short for Siberian - the breeding places of many of
For example, it's not unusual during October for garden's mature
Sycamores to hold up to half a dozen Yellow-browed Warblers at a
time, hyper-active tiny birds from beyond the Urals, searching for
insects and grubs through the crumbling leaf cover.
Other goodies on the garden list include even rarer Siberian
specialities including Pallas's and Radde's warblers, both named
after early Siberian explorers. Other Siberian breeders, Dusky and
Arctic warblers, Red-flanked Bluetail and Red-breasted Flycatcher
have also been recorded. In addition, the garden also attracted an
Eastern Black Redstart, only the fourth ever seen in Britain. It is
also a haven for all the more common and regular warblers and
Scandinavian and Russian thrushes and finches for which the island
is such a magnet as they move southwards to escape harsh northern
In spring the garden can be equally rewarding, having hosted
Red-backed Shrike and more southern and Mediterranean species such
as Subalpine and Marsh warblers and a supporting cast of all the
common migrants which pass northwards.
The Vicarage has even attracted species not normally associated
with gardens, including even a Kingfisher and a Nightjar. At
the bottom of the garden is the beach and, 50 yards away, St
Cuthbert's Island which provides a high tide roost for hundreds of
Stretched out behind is, of course, the Lindisfarne National
Nature Reserve. Its avian celebrities, the Svalbard or Spitzbergen
race of Pale-bellied Brent Geese, are always present between
September and March along with thousands of other wildfowl and
waders and huge gatherings of "singing" Grey Seals hauled out on the
All are within sight and sound of birders at the garden wall.
Now, following a suggestion I made earlier this year to Canon Dr
Sarah Hills, the vicar of St Mary the Virgin, our parish church,
it's hoped that is that visiting birders can give something back to
They're being invited to drop a donation into a collection box
which has been installed at the wall. Contributions will help the
upkeep of the church which, like all old buildings, is in need of
almost constant repair.
"We are extremely lucky to have such a wonderful garden which
attracts so many birds. We want birders to continue enjoying them
and if they can help a bit, all the better," said Sarah.
She's got my full support and I'm pushing the idea with the many
readers of my hard-back guide, The Birds of Holy Island, now in its
second updated edition.
island birder Mike Carr gives the first
I'm hoping that everyone who checks the garden will show their
appreciation of this wonderful facility. After all, the sight of a
good rare bird is surely worth a bob or two of anyone's money.
The box has been donated and installed by Dr.Max Whitby,
co-founder of the leading national bird information service,
BirdGuides, who has a house at Chare Ends. He is now chairman of the
publishers of my book, NatureGuides.
The book is, of course, available in the village at the Post
Office and at the Lindisfarne Centre. It can also be obtained direct
As many of you will already know, it provides a comprehensive
account of island's history and its naturalists down the centuries
from St Cuthbert to modern-day visitors. There are full seasonal
accounts and details of 337 species recorded up to the date of
publication. In addition, an update, bringing the species list to
341, is now available to download free from the publisher's website.
Books sold on the island already include this update.
The wealth of the area's birdlife can be judged by the fact that
of the 400-plus species recorded in Northumberland no fewer than 34
made their first (and often only) appearances here on the island.
|NOTES FROM THE TRENCHES
This September the team of archaeologists from Durham University
and DigVentures returned to the island for their fourth season of
archaeological excavation in Sanctuary Close. We continued to
explore the trench we opened up in previous seasons. The area we are
exploring partly comprised a cemetery associated with the early
medieval monastery; it is clear from the extent of intercutting
burials that this had been used for a considerable period. We also
discovered three more fragments of carved name stones- small grave
markers of roughly 8th century date. This brings to seven the number
of name stone element we have found since we started. All of the
stones carried fragments of Anglo-Saxon names including one
partially in runes and we hope to decipher these over the winter.
We also made a series of other interesting finds including
increasing numbers of Anglo-Saxon coins, some minted in Northumbria,
but others from southern England - a nice reminder of how important
monastic sites were as places of trade and exchange. Elsewhere on
site we continued to work our way through a layer of animal bones
and seashells, probably all that remains of an early medieval
midden. It may not be glamorous, but it should tell us lots about
the diet of the early monks. We also continued to unpick our early
medieval building, which has been badly damaged by having later
burials inserted through it. However, if we can get radiocarbon
dates from these later burials it should help us tie down the date
of the building more precisely. As ever, some of the most exciting
discoveries came in the final day or so, as we realised that the
building itself seems to have been placed over a substantial
industrial feature, and we started to collect increasing quantities
of industrial residues, perhaps from the working of copper alloy or
maybe even glass. Over the winter, the finds from our excavation
will come down to Durham for analysis, and in the future we will
ensure that all human remains are interred back in the churchyard,
and that as many of the objects as possible will be placed on
display in venues on the island. We will also come back in the new
year to give a public lecture about what we have discovered. As
ever, we are immensely grateful to all the villagers for their
friendly welcome. In particular we need to acknowledge the Crossman
Estate and Mr Patterson for access to the land, David O'Connor and
the Crossman Hall for providing space for our post-excavation room,
the SVP Ozanam Camp for accommodating many of our diggers, Jutta
Hahn for keeping us fed and all the pubs, cafés and shops on the
island for tolerating muddy boots. If anyone has any questions about
our work please don't hesitate to contact me on email@example.com
Dr David Petts - Associate Professor
Dept. of Archaeology,
Ringed plovers have been nesting on the
Island since the 1970s but their numbers have declined dramatically
in recent years causing their UK conservation status to be moved
from amber to red, meaning they require urgent conservation action.
Earlier in the year we installed a simple post and rope fence on
an area of the Castle Headland, just down from the lime kilns, in an
attempt to encourage shorebirds such as oystercatcher and
particularly ringed plovers to nest on the shingle. These birds are
rather keen on shorelines like the castle headland - shingle rather
than sand - and as one of the only examples of that type of
shoreline in the area we thought it would be a good thing to try.
Add to that the ever-dwindling numbers of ringed plovers, it made
sense to do something practical.
The fence was installed by the National Trust Northumberland
Coast Volunteer Group in April and consisted of oak posts and a hemp
rope. Signage was installed to inform the public but was kept to a
minimum so as not to disrupt the setting too much.
The main news from this experiment is that there were no
successful nests although two nests were made there and that is a
positive for next year. If we secure funding, we will could look at
extending the roped-off area, improving the signage and the
frequency of monitoring.
In the meantime we have recently raised awareness and money to
help with this project. Most notably one of our staff, Hannah
Kirkby, took it upon herself to cycle from Lindisfarne to St
Michael's Mount (admittedly the equivalent mileage on a static bike
next to the boat sheds!) and set up a fundraising page online to
raise money for the work. Several other members of staff and even a
few passing members of the public did a stint on the bike to give
Hannah a rest. After a week of pedalling the mileage target was
reached which was a fantastic achievement, but if you do want to
help out the Just Giving page is still online: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lindisfarne-castle-cycle
Away from nature conservation the Castle has come out of the main
season somewhat and thoughts now turn to the darker nights when
maintenance work and winter deep cleans take place. We'll be getting
various jobs done around the site once the castle is closed to the
public in November such as pointing and limewashing, and a little
bit of high level work on the end of ropes (not me I hasten to add),
but in the meantime there is still plenty of dusting and vacuuming
to keep on with. We do try to spread some of the deep clean out
through the year so for example on the recent Heritage Open Day, our
Conservation Assistant Vicky dusted and waxed the Bacon Settle in
the Kitchen, and the smell of beeswax no doubt delighted the
thousand or so visitors who took advantage of the free entry offer.
Deep cleaning is best kept to a minimum so as not to inadvertently
cause wear and tear to the very thing you're trying to protect, so
the Settle shouldn't need another coat of wax until this time next
|NATURAL ENGLAND LINDISFARNE NNR
Late September is such a special time on the Reserve where you
can still see a little bit of everything. Grass of Parnassus can
still be seen in flower. Swallows are still in good numbers as they
mass on fence lines and furiously flycatch above the dune system.
You can also occasionally hear the squark of a passing Sandwich Tern
with a couple of mewing chicks in tow. These birds are the last
breeders feeding up and heading south. In their place the newcomers
from the high arctic arrive. Thousands of waders: Bar-tailed Godwit,
Knot, Golden and Grey Plover to name but a few can be observed on
the mudflats frenetically sticking their beaks into the gloopy mud
looking for a prize meal. In the last couple of weeks,
thousands of Pink-footed Geese have been arriving. At morning and
dusk their 'wink-wink' calls fill the coastline as they move from
fields to mudflats.
Light-bellied Brent Geese have also now returned. Up to half the
world's population winter here. The numbers are steadily building
and they have been seen feeding on the extensive eel grass beds
within the intertidal area showing why Lindisfarne NNR is such an
important wintering ground for them. Other wildfowl numbers are also
The first Grey Goose count of the year was undertaken this
weekend and found 6,500 split between Budle Bay and Goswick
It's also that time of year when natures lawnmowers (the cattle
and sheep) return to the Links and the Snook to graze over the
winter months. The livestock do a very good job at removing the rank
vegetation and grazing some of the invasive species that are found
here. This enables the natural floral biodiversity of the dune
system to flourish come spring.
The livestock are checked on a daily basis but if you see a
problem you can report it to: Andrew.Craggs@naturalengland.org.uk
or ring the reserve office on 01289381470
Lindisfarne & Newham
|A VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY - HOLY ISLAND TO EARLS
In the eighties the London Boat
Show was held in Earls Court Exhibition Centre. If you spent time at
sea, it was the place to visit to catch up on developments, we
usually planned a two day excursion. A full day at Show, then some
good food and a little 'culture'. In the past we'd visited the
National Martine Museum, St Catharine's Dock and the British Museum,
Included in our group that particular year was an Architect and a
Builder with experience in restoring classic buildings. The
Architect suggested visiting a nearby Grade One listed building, a
church. The name of the Church St Cuthbert's, attracted me
immediately. Was there a link to the Island,? little did I know when
we agreed to visit, that there was a link and what a link that
In 1880 a Curate Rev. Henry Westall, living in the London was
approached by a group from the large of Parish of St Philip's and
asked to build a new Church. A patch of waste ground was found and a
temporary church was erected, and the new build began. By
1887, the church of St Cuthbert was ready for the off and
consecrated by the then Bishop of London.
When Father Westall, the founding Curate died in 1925. After more
than forty years active work in 'St Cuthbert's & St Matthias'.
The church he built was now one of the best known churches of the
Catholic Revival in the Church of England.
On day two we strolled around to
Philbeach Gardens to look for the Church and saw a tall imposing and
interesting red brick building. But the greater surprise came the
moment we stepped inside, an ornately flamboyant interior, with
splashes of vivid colour, a wealth of paintings, almost Italianate
in style, and a very 'high church' atmosphere. We were almost
stopped in our tracks by the opulence. The interior design
reflecting the high church and the arty district of Kensington &
Chelsea; should you wish to know more of this elaborately decorated
church has a web site.
What of Cuthbert and the Island. In the church there were several
stained glass windows dedicated to Cuthbert, one of which shows him
at play. When I researched this window for 'The Cradle Island' there
was speculation that it was St Cuthbert who initiated golf on the
Island. But no alas no, after close examination, it was decided that
he was using a hurling stick, not a golf club.
However, there is a more direct link from the Island to the
church. The Foundation Stone marked A M D G (ad majorem
Dei glorium) and showing the Cuthbert pectoral cross. The stone
dated 2 July 1884 stands proud as a visual and physical link to and
from the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.
Rev Westall, whilst planning the Schedule of Works, agreed that
the Foundation Stone would be laid on 2 July 1884, followed by an
appropriate celebration. A Committee Member then suggested that it
would be very special if the stone was acquired from
Contact was established with the Islands Incumbent Rev. WWF
Keeling who was a bit of a go getter and agreed immediately, without
considering the potential difficulty of quarrying a large chuck of
rock and sending it to London, let alone carting it over the sands
to Beal Station.
The main quarry on the Island, near the Ness End, produced soft
stone that was not suitable for use as a foundation block. However,
running west - east from St Cuthbert's Island along the Heugh, up to
Beblow Craig and beyond to the Plough Seat is the Holy Island Dyke,
part of the Great Whin Sill, a geological feature of hard dolerite
The nearest exposure lay just below the Vicarage; St Cuthbert's
Island and that's where the Vicar chose to work. Armed with hammers
and wedges and helped by a local, he set about sourcing an
appropriate block from the perimeter of the island.
It's not recorded how long it took to quarry out the block and
load it into a cart for transport to Beal Station, but it is known
that partway across the sands the cart collapsed and the load had to
be trans-shipped. But it got to London and was dressed, carved and
set in the centre of the east wall by skilled masons, where it can
be seen today.
|NORTHUMBERLAND AND COAST AONB
Registration opens for Annual
Registration is now open for the Northumberland Coast
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership's 2019 Annual
Forum. It is one of the highlights of their calendar and this year
will be held at the Crossman Hall, Holy Island on Friday
18th October, 10am - 3pm .
Speakers include Professor John Hoborough. With over
sixty years of bee-keeping experience and as the local
representative of the Adopt a Beehive campaign, John will be
updating us on his recent survey work on pollinators and
Bridie Melkerts from Mudlarks is passionate about
connecting children with nature and as one of the successful
Sustainable Development Fund applicants, will be telling us about
the work they have been doing with school groups along the
Other speakers include local Bamburgh businessman
Ralph Baker-Cresswell, who will be talking about his grandfather
Captain Joe Cresswell, commanding officer of HMS Bulldog which
captured the U-110 in 1941.
We are also pleased to welcome Becky Waring, who is
the Project Manager for Coast Care. Having worked with the team and
volunteers over the past year in order to deliver this initiative,
she will be providing information on progress and events.
Becky will be joined by Katherine Williams, who is evaluating Coast
Care on behalf of the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Cllr Jeff Watson, Chair of the AONB Partnership said
"This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in the
Northumberland coast to come together and contribute towards the
work of the AONB Partnership. Yet again, we have an excellent range
of speakers adding to what I am sure will be an interesting and
thought provoking day".
Lunch as well as mid-morning and afternoon
refreshments will be provided. Places are free, but limited,
so registration is essential.
To book your place visit our Ticketsource page https://bit.ly/2kq0tjr or access
it via the AONB Partnership's Facebook page. For more information
about the event contact the AONB Partnership on 01670 622644
Tel. 01670 622644
|FROM FORD & ETAL
Lady Waterford Hall and Heatherslaw
Cornmill change opening hours in October, being open daily
from 11am-4pm with last admission 30 minutes before closing.
Both venues close for the season on Sunday 3rd November.
The Lady Waterford Hall is closed all
day for a private function on 27th October.
take place across the villages from 28th October - 1st November.
From bat hunts to spooky baking, quizzes to carriage rides, and a
pop-up market in Etal Village Hall there's something for all
ages. Full details can be found at www.ford-and-etal.co.uk
The Scarycrow Trail takes place
during the same week and if you haven't already got your entry in
but would like to take part, please send your name, address where
the scarycrow will be exhibited and the name of your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas Comes Early to
Thursday 17th October 5.30pm-8.30pm
On your marks, get ready, the goose is getting fat!
Get ahead with a late-night shopping event at
Heatherslaw Gift Shop.
Join us for tastings and stock up on English sparkling
wine, local beer and gin for the big day. We have wonderful local
produce, including Heatherslaw Mill flour and cereals, the most
delicious Christmas cakes, hampers, Christmas decorations and cards,
and masses of stocking fillers. On top of this there are gifts that
celebrate the best of local talents and British design.
There will be live music and free admission to the
Mill, so come and join us on the evening of the 17th, we can promise
you a warm welcome.
Put the date in your diary!
Details of all the above can be found at www.ford-and-etal.co.uk
|FROM THE COMMUNITY OF AIDAN AND HILDA
||Rev Ray Simpson|
We do our bit to take planet earth's environmental
crisis seriously. The reason we lost our Open Gate cellar
chapel was that we replaced gas heating with an environmentally
friendly pellet system pumped down there. Jutta is developing
a delicious range of vegetarian meals. My sister Sally and I
spent a week's working holiday at Whitehouse, followed up by
volunteers for three weeks who have transformed the garden - and
supplied gooseberries and rhubarb for Open Gate meals!
Kayleah oversees our resources and has now completed
an attractive programme of retreats for all shapes and sizes next
year, This has been sent to the UK Retreats Association for
inclusion in its 2020 brochure.
A highlight of Aidan and Hilda Week on the island was
the taking of Life Vows by Heather McDonald of Glasgow before the
Bishop's representative. Her family played exquisite music and
members of the CAH Scotland group attended.
Joel McKerrow, who gave a gig at St. Mary's in St.
Aidan's Week, preceded this with a Poetry and Prayer workshop for
our Aidan and Hilda Week retreat. In his new book Woven: a
Spirituality for the Dissatisfied published by Acorn Books Australia
(BRF) he describes how some years ago he holed up at the top of Open
Gate for five weeks when we were closed, and wrote poetry. He
was in a period of 'deconstruction' which has since led to what he
calls 'reconstruction'. His visit to Holy Ireland began a journey
which has now led him to become a world-famous performance poet. To
see his You Tube broadcast from the island visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKp3bs_8cgM&feature=youtu.be
|FROM OUR CHURCHES
||Rev Canon Dr Sarah
Hills & Rev Rachel Poolman |
Ed: For various reasons, I regret that we are
unable to provide the last word 'From our Churches'. However,
by coincidence, I have received and include a letter from
one of our subscribers.
I just enjoyed reading septembers e-zine, particularly
enjoyed snook which brought back many memories of my times
with Sue and Clive. Below is a verse copied from the walls of
the tavern (now the Ship Inn) many years ago by
my dad. I am surprised no-one has ever mentioned it or
published it. I'm not sure if it has a title but it always
stirs my heart:
|Naturalist & Author Ian with Sarah and
the new donation
Dear Lord our Father
Give me strength to leave
To see again the distant Emmanuel head.
To walk again
the castle slopes
To hear again the voices of the village
To walk again the mussel beds
To see the mallards
lift their heads.
To walk across to St. Cuthberts isle
sit and ponder there awhile.
Surrounded by the golden
Away from trouble in many lands.
Here, peace and
contentment reign supreme
Holy Isle, thou art my Queen.
George A Mitchell '65
I'm not sure if it is still in the pub and I don't recall
any info of the writer.
Keep up the good work
Ed: Thank you so much for sharing this with us, Kevin. Can
readers shed any light on the author of this lovely prayer?