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Morning Prayer – Friday 17 November 2017 

17 Nov

Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln, 1200 Psalm 28 To you I call, O Lord my rock; be not deaf to my cry, lest, if you do not hear me, I become like those who go down to the Pit.


Morning Prayer – Thursday 16 November 2017 

16 Nov

Margaret, Queen of Scotland, Philanthropist, Reformer of the Church, 1093 Edmund Rich of Abingdon, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1240 Psalm 26 Give judgement for me, O Lord, for I have walked with integrity; I have trusted in the Lord and have not ...


Morning Prayer – Wednesday 15 November 2017 

15 Nov

Psalm 23 The Lord is my shepherd; therefore can I lack nothing.


Morning Prayer – Tuesday 14 November 2017 

14 Nov

Samuel Seabury, first Anglican Bishop in North America, 1796 Psalm 21 The king shall rejoice in your strength, O Lord; how greatly shall he rejoice in your salvation! You have given him his heart’s desire and have not denied the request of his lips.


Morning Prayer – Monday 13 November 2017 

13 Nov

Charles Simeon, Priest, Evangelical Divine, 1836 Psalm 19 The heavens are telling the glory of God and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.


Morning Prayer – Friday 10 November 2017 

10 Nov

Leo the Great, Bishop of Rome, Teacher of the Faith, 461 Psalm 16 Preserve me, O God, for in you have I taken refuge; I have said to the Lord, ‘You are my lord,all my good depends on you.


Be a Charlie Brear Bride 

8 Nov

Be a Charlie Brear bride at our designer event on Saturday, 16th December.


Morning Prayer – Wednesday 8 November 2017 

8 Nov

The Saints and Martyrs of England Psalm 9 I will give thanks to you, Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all your marvellous works.


Morning Prayer – Tuesday 7 November 2017 

7 Nov

Willibrord of York, Bishop, Apostle of Frisia, 739 Psalm 5 Give ear to my words, O Lord; consider my lamentation.


Morning Prayer – Monday 6 November 2017 

6 Nov

Leonard, Hermit, 6th century William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury, Teacher of the Faith, 1944 Psalm 2 Why are the nations in tumult, and why do the peoples devise a vain plot? The kings of the earth rise up, and the rulers take counsel together, ...


Can’t make it to church – Sunday 5 November 2017 

5 Nov

We, as Church, are now in the season we call ‘Remembrancetide’; a time when we remember the saints and all who have gone before.


Warwickshire on a roll. 

2 Nov

1st November 2017 As the events at Draycote became history, the new month began with something of a bang as far as Warwickshire Birders were concerned.


Morning Prayer – Thursday 2 November 2017 

2 Nov

Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day) Psalm 143 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and in your faithfulness give ear to my supplications; answer me in your righteousness.


Morning Prayer – Wednesday 1 November 2017 

1 Nov

All Saints Day Psalm 15 Lord, who may dwell in your tabernacle? Who may rest upon your holy hill? Whoever leads an uncorrupt life and does the thing that is right; Who speaks the truth from the heart and bears no deceit on the tongue; Who does no ...


Morning Prayer – Tuesday 31 October 2017 

31 Oct

Martin Luther, Reformer, 1546 Psalm 132 Lord, remember for David all the hardships he endured; How he swore an oath to the Lord and vowed a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob: ‘I will not come within the shelter of my house, nor climb up into my bed...


Morning Prayer – Monday 30 October 2017 

30 Oct

Psalm 123 To you I lift up my eyes, to you that are enthroned in the heavens.


Rare visitor to Draycote Water. 

29 Oct

Sunday 29th October 2017 October birding has been unusually local for me this year following the annual trip to the Shetland Isles.


Can’t make it to church – Sunday 29th October 2017 

29 Oct

We've done with the vineyards and grapes and today we draw to a close the religious guys trying to trip Jesus up with their questions and set up: seems Jerusalem wasn't an easy place for Jesus to find Himself in, doesn't it? But He wins through with ...


Morning Prayer – Friday 27 October 2017 

27 Oct

Psalm 139 O Lord, you have searched me out and known me; you know my sitting down and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar.


Morning Prayer – Thursday 26 October 2017 

26 Oct

Alfred the Great, King of the West Saxons, Scholar, 899 Cedd, Abbot of Lastingham, Bishop of the East Saxons, 664 Psalm 113 Alleluia.


A year in brief 

25 Oct

The last year has gone fast and has been a very successful for the reserve.


Morning Prayer – Wednesday 25 October 2017 

25 Oct

Crispin and Crispinian, Martyrs at Rome, c.287, Psalm 110 The Lord said to my lord, ‘Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.


Can’t make it to church – Sunday 22 October 2017 

24 Oct

Throughout the Gospels we find Jesus being set up by the religious and the powerful with questions and situations designed to trip Him up so they can denounce Him as a traitor, heretic, or madman.


Morning Prayer – Tuesday 24 October 2017 

24 Oct

Psalm 106 Alleluia.


Morning Prayer – Saturday 21 October 2017 

21 Oct

Psalm 96 Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.


Sky-Fi 

20 Oct

The Drayton Manor theme park’s science-fiction fireworks display this autumn, Sky-Fi .


Can’t make it to church – Sunday 15th October 2017 

19 Oct

By way of a change we haven't got vineyards or grapes to consider and discuss today, instead we start with a wedding feast, the source the something oft quoted: "Many are called, but few are chosen.


Morning Prayer – Thursday 19 October 2017 

19 Oct

Henry Martyn, Translator of the Scriptures, Missionary in India and Persia, 1812 Psalm 90 Lord, you have been our refuge from one generation to another.


Morning Prayer – Wednesday 18 October 2017 

18 Oct

Luke the Evangelist Psalm 145 I will exalt you, O God my King, and bless your name for ever and ever.


Morning Prayer – Tuesday 17 October 2017 

17 Oct

Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, Martyr, c.107 Psalm 87 His foundation is on the holy mountains.


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For the Fallen 

12 Nov

Solemn the drums thrill: Death August and Royal Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.


Fake Remembrance Merchandise Seized by Border Force 

12 Nov

Border Force officers have seized fake poppy branded jewellery, key rings and scarves estimated to be worth approximately £150,000.


Call for Women to Get Life-Saving Smear Test 

7 Nov

Public Health England (PHE) has issued a fresh appeal to young women to take up the invitation of a cervical cancer test as new figures published today show a fall in the number of 25 to 29-year-old women being tested.


Conservative MP refers himself to police after newspaper’s allegations 

6 Nov

A Conservative MP has referred himself to the police after allegations were made against him.


Burton’s best, say media awards judges 

4 Nov

Recognition for region’s top media stars.


Views Sought on Reward and Return Schemes for Drinks Containers 

27 Oct

The Government today  invited views  on how reward and return schemes for drinks containers could work in England by issuing a call for evidence.


Tyre Safety Blitz to Drive down Road Incidents 

27 Oct

Highways England is marking the end of Tyre Safety Month by revealing a series of initiatives it is developing or already delivering to help drive down the number of people killed and injured on the country’s motorways and major A roads.


Enterprise Partnership aims to boost local innovation 

26 Oct

Organisations encouraged to apply for more than £6 million of funding.


Fines to Double for Rubbish Thrown from Cars 

24 Oct

Litter louts will face on-the-spot fines of up to £150, almost double the current limit, the Government has announced.


Single-Sex English Classes Introduced at Southampton School 

20 Oct

A head teacher who introduced single-sex GCSE English classes in September in a bid to improve exam results has said he is “very impressed” with the way it has been working.


Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant “very disappointed” after latest voting boundary plans are unveiled 

17 Oct

Lichfield’s MP says he is “very disappointed” after plans to move parts of the constituency into the Tamworth voting area were not reversed.


New proposals for Parliamentary boundaries will still see people in parts of Lichfield voting for Tamworth’s MP 

17 Oct

Updated plans for new Parliamentary boundaries have been published – but some people in Lichfield could still end up having to vote for Tamworth’s MP instead.


Life Sentences for Killer Drivers 

15 Oct

Killer drivers face life behind bars after plans to increase maximum sentences received resounding support from families and campaigners.


Goodbye Round Pound – 7 Days Left to Spend Them 

9 Oct

As the round pound enters its final week, shoppers are today being reminded they have just seven days to use these coins before they swap the high street for the history books.


Education opportunities for local businesses 

6 Oct

Birmingham universities offer free talent, training and support services to local SMEs.


Drugs, Weapons and Cash Seized in Police Raids in Tamworth 

3 Oct

Staffordshire Police have seized drugs, weapons, stolen items and cash in a series of raids at addresses in Tamworth.


Council could spend £27,000 to tell Lichfield and Burntwood residents about new brown bin charges 

3 Oct

The bill for promoting the new garden waste charge in Lichfield and Burntwood could be £27,000.


Bags for Life Can Pose Food Poisoning Risk 

2 Oct

Bags for life pose a food poisoning risk if they are used to carry raw foods such as meat and fish, a consumer watchdog is warning.


Five Ways to Spot a Cyber Scam 

2 Oct

Here are five ways that you can clearly identify an online or cyber scam.


Carrying the Shopping can Improve Strength in Over 65s 

29 Sep

Carrying the shopping, gardening, or vacuuming, can help older people to lead healthier lives for longer, according to leading physiotherapists.


UK ‘Eliminates Measles’ for First Time 

29 Sep

The elimination of measles has been achieved in the UK for the first time, the World Health Organization says.


Government backs Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Bid 

29 Sep

Birmingham’s bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games has been officially backed by the Government.


Could You be the Next Black Rod? 

22 Sep

Lieutenant General David Leakey, the current Black Rod Parliament is advertising for a new Black Rod to replace Lieutenant General David Leakey, who is retiring.


New Funding for Victims of Sexual Abuse 

21 Sep

Grant funding of £600,000 has been awarded to four charities to help victims of child sexual abuse.


Cycle Safety to be Reviewed 

21 Sep

Transport Minister Jesse Norman has announced an urgent review into cycle safety, following a series of high profile incidents involving cyclists.


Media Awards: Eight battle it out for Midlands Newspaper of the Year 

21 Sep

Newcomer of the Year is the most hotly-contested category of this year’s Midlands Media Awards, with 26 entries received from media students and trainee reporters.


New Government Rules Could See Councillors and Mayors Removed from Office 

19 Sep

New rules being laid out by the Government could see Councillors and Mayors found guilty of serious crimes removed from office and barred from restanding for election in England.


Appeal for Witnesses Following Serious Assault in Tamworth 

9 Sep

Detectives in Tamworth are appealing for witnesses and information following a serious assault in Sorrel, Tamworth late last night.


1 in 10 Men Aged 50 Have a Heart Age 10 Years Older Than They Are 

5 Sep

Heart Age Test  is the only known way of measuring our heart age, which shows how many years we can expect to live healthily without a heart attack or stroke.


Organisations urged to access funding to develop skills base 

5 Sep

Funds worth £26.8 million on offer to support skills and learning development across Greater Birmingham & Solihull.


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