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Morning Prayer – Thursday, 24 May 2018 

24 May

John and Charles Wesley, Evangelists, Hymn Writers, 1791 and 1788 Psalm 146 Alleluia.


Morning Prayer – Wednesday, 23 May 2018 

23 May

Psalm 119.153-end O consider my affliction and deliver me, for I do not forget your law.


Morning Prayer – Tuesday, 22 May 2018 

22 May

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; ‘I will not allow my eyes to ...


Morning Prayer – Monday, 21st May 2018 

21 May

Helena, Protector of the Holy Places, 330 Psalm 123 To you I lift up my eyes, to you that are enthroned in the heavens.


Morning Prayer – Saturday, 19 May 2018 

19 May

from the day after Ascension Day until the Day of Pentecost Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, Restorer of Monastic Life, 988 Psalm 42 As the deer longs for the water brooks, so longs my soul for you, O God.


Morning Prayer – Friday, 18 May 2018 

18 May

from the day after Ascension Day until the Day of Pentecost 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, 17 May 2018 

17 May

from the day after Ascension Day until the Day of Pentecost Psalm 24 The earth is the Lord’s and all that fills it, the compass of the world and all who dwell therein.


Morning Prayer – Wednesday, 16 May 2018 

16 May

from the day after Ascension Day until the Day of Pentecost Caroline Chisholm, Social Reformer, 1877 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 ...


Morning Prayer – Tuesday 15 May 2018 

15 May

from the day after Ascension Day until the Day of Pentecost Psalm 98 Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvellous things.


Morning Prayer – Monday 14 May 2018 

14 May

from the day after Ascension Day until the Day of Pentecost Matthias the Apostle 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.


Morning Prayer – Saturday 12 May 2018 

12 May

from the day after Ascension Day until the Day of Pentecost Gregory Dix, Priest, Monk, Scholar, 1952 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...


Learning the Church’s Seasons “We don’t do Ascension!” 

11 May

I'm working hard to become a full-blown grumpy old goat (GOG) - if it was a postgraduate thing it'd be doctoral level - but there are days when I feel there's good reason for being one! And today i I feel that this might be the case as I bask in the ...


Morning Prayer – Friday 11 May 2018 

11 May

from the day after Ascension Day until the Day of Pentecost Psalm 20 Refrain: We will call on the name of the Lord our God.


When they ask, “What can I give God?” 

10 May

This question was asked to me by someone who, over the past few weeks, has come to know the joy of knowing God and has seen their life transformed by it all.


Morning Prayer – Thursday 10 May 2018 

10 May

Ascension Day Psalm 110 The Lord said to my lord, ‘Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.


Soul Trader – Church as a business 

9 May

One of the recent, more frustrating, trends I have encountered of late is the rise of clergy who appear to have put aside the quest for new life in those around them and instead entered into task of merely managing decline.


Morning Prayer – Wednesday 9 May 2018 

9 May

Easter Season Rogation Day 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; ‘I...


Morning Prayer – Tuesday 8 May 2018 

8 May

Easter Season Julian of Norwich, c.1417 Rogation Day Psalm 124 If the Lord himself had not been on our side, now may Israel say; If the Lord had not been on our side, when enemies rose up against us; Then would they have swallowed us alive when their ...


Morning Prayer – Monday 7 May 2018 

7 May

Easter Season Rogation Day Psalm 65 Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion; to you that answer prayer shall vows be paid.


Morning Prayer – Saturday 5 May 2018 

5 May

Easter Season Psalm 146 Alleluia.


Morning Prayer – Friday 4 May 2018 

4 May

Easter Season English Saints and Martyrs of the Reformation Era Psalm 138 I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods will I sing praise to you.


Morning Prayer – Thursday 3 May 2018 

3 May

Easter Season Psalm 57 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for my soul takes refuge in you; In the shadow of your wings will I take refuge until the storm of destruction has passed by.


A few sites in N.Warks 

2 May

Tuesday 1st May 2018 Started the day with the short walk 'up the hill' at Mancetter but saw nothing of particular interest.


Morning Prayer – Wednesday 2 May 2018 

2 May

Easter Season Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, Teacher of the Faith, 373 Psalm 30 I will exalt you, O Lord, because you have raised me up and have not let my foes triumph over me.


Can’t make it to church – Sunday 29th April 2018 

1 May

One of the joys Easter Season (outside of Jesus being risen that is) is the fact that every Sunday we read from the Book of Acts; a real source of inspiration and insight as we watch the Church empowered and expanding.


Morning Prayer – Tuesday 1 May 2018 

1 May

Easter Season Philip and James, Apostles 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 – Monday 30 April 2018 

30 Apr

Easter Season Pandita Mary Ramabai, Translator of the Scriptures, 1922 Psalm 145 I will exalt you, O God my King, and bless your name for ever and ever.


Morning Prayer – Saturday 28 April 2018 

28 Apr

Easter Season Peter Chanel, Missionary in the South Pacific, Martyr, 1841 Psalm 34 I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall ever be in my mouth.


Whinchat at Alvecote 

27 Apr

Friday 27th April 2018 A few images of a Whinchat at Alvecote pools in the rain this morning.


More Garganey images from Alvecote 

27 Apr

Thursday 26th April 2018 Garganey, Alvecote Pools Garganey...


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New chairman and vice chairman sworn in at Lichfield District Council 

16 May

The new chairman and vice chairman of Lichfield District Council.


Survey Says Mental Health Conditions and Stress on the Up 

7 May

Reported levels of “presenteeism” – or turning up for work while unwell or injured – have more than tripled since 2010, according to a survey of more than 1000 employers carried out by the CIPD and health insurance group Simplyhealth.


DHL Fined £2m Over Worker’s Death 

2 May

Logistics company DHL has been fined £2 million over the death of a worker at one of its depots.


Transport Secretary insists HS2 will create opportunity for more West Coast Main Line services to stop at Lichfield Trent Valley 

21 Apr

Passengers have been reassured that HS2 will provide an opportunity for more West Coast Main Line services to stop in Lichfield.


Currency Stolen from Tamworth Business 

27 Mar

Over £3,000 in British and foreign currency has been stolen from a scaffolding business in Tamworth.


Police Launch Investigation Following Suspicious Incident in Tamworth 

22 Mar

Staffordshire Police are investigating the report of a man stopping his van by a 12-year-old boy who was walking his dog and then attempting to grab the boy by his jumper.


PHE Report says Water Fluoridation is Effective and Safe 

22 Mar

Public Health England (PHE) has today published its Water fluoridation: health monitoring in England 2018 report on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.


Hear the State of Tamworth Debate on Thursday 

20 Mar

Tamworth goes under the spotlight later this week when all 30 councillors take part in the annual State of Tamworth Debate on Thursday.


Gold Falls from the Sky 

17 Mar

Tons of gold have fallen out of the sky in Russia after a cargo plane malfunctioned in mid-air.


Positive Steps For Employment 

14 Mar

​ In 2016-17 , Dig-iT Adults provided a dyslexic perspective to barriers to employment as part of a consultation with Warwickshire County Council (WCC) Human Resources Department.


Meet Your Mercian Ward Councillors This Saturday 

8 Mar

Tamworth Rugby Club, Wigginton Park, Tamworth The monthly surgery will take place at Tamworth Rugby Club in Wigginton Park from 11am until noon on Saturday.


Job Show beats the Beast from the East! 

6 Mar

Winter blast fails to stop employment show.


£1.1 Million Fine for Company following Red Arrows Pilot’s Death 

4 Mar

An ejection seat manufacturer has been sentenced and fined £1.1 million following the death of a Red Arrows pilot in 2011.


Drug Drivers Caught 25,000 Times within Three Years 

3 Mar

Almost 25,000 motorists in England and Wales tested positive for drug-driving within three years, figures have revealed.


Research Suggests Diabetes is Five Separate Diseases 

3 Mar

Scientists say diabetes is five separate diseases, and treatment could be tailored to each form.


Councillors Vote for to Give another Year of Free Swimming to Tamworth’s Residents 

27 Feb

Free swimming in Tamworth will continue for another year following a majority vote of the town’s Borough councillors that were present at the budget Full Council meeting.


Cold Weather Prompts Further Health Warnings from PHE 

26 Feb

With much of the country experiencing very cold weather, and some places forecast to see conditions not experienced for several years, PHE doctors are again reminding people to take care.


Food from Tamworth FC’s Postponed Match Donated to Homeless Shelter 

25 Feb

Big-hearted  Salford City FC  bosses made sure no food from the club’s postponed clash with Tamworth was wasted, by donating it all to a homeless shelter.


Taxi Driver used Costa Coffee Lid as Fuel Cap 

24 Feb

An “irresponsible” taxi driver who used the lid of a Costa coffee cup as a fuel cap has had their Hackney Carriage licence suspended.


Borough Council to Hold Public Briefing on Arkall Farm Application 

24 Feb

The public hearings for the appeal to the Planning Inspector have now finished, however the outcome of this inquiry will not be known for several months.


Heavy Snow to Hit Most of UK 

24 Feb

Heavy snow is expected to hit most of the UK next week as a cold blast of air known as “the Beast from the East” arrives from Russia.


Vehicle Nuisance Prosecution 

22 Feb

Tamworth Borough Council has successfully prosecuted Vincent Turley of Brook Avenue, Wilnecote, for vehicle nuisance.


Borough Council to Debate and Vote on Annual Budget 

22 Feb

Tamworth Borough Council’s elected members will meet on Tuesday evening to debate and vote on the Council’s budget for 2018/19.


Government Backs Clamp Down on Rogue Parking Firms 

28 Jan

Drivers will receive new legal protections from unscrupulous private parking operators as Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, today confirmed that government will support new legislation aimed at raising standards in the industry.


Bayeux Tapestry to Return to the UK After More Than 900 Years 

20 Jan

The unique 70-metre long tapestry that depicts the 1066 Norman Conquest of Britain will be put on public display in 2022.


HMRC Scam in the Tamworth Area 

18 Jan

Staffordshire Police are receiving increasing calls in the Tamworth are regarding people ringing local residents posing as HMRC officials either stating residents are owed money by HMRC or they owe HMRC money.


First MoT Remain at 3 Years to Protect Road Safety 

18 Jan

Ministers put road safety first as they today decided to maintain the period before a car’s first MoT test at 3 years.


Measles Outbreak in West Midlands and 4 Other Areas of England 

16 Jan

Outbreaks of measles have been confirmed in the West Midlands and four other areas of England with a total of more than 120 cases.


Tax Free Childcare Scheme Now Available to Parents of Under 9s 

16 Jan

In April 2017, HM Revenue and Customs started rolling out Tax-Free Childcare, which helps working parents with the cost of childcare with up to £2,000 of support per child per year, or £4,000 for disabled children.


Beware of Courier Fraud 

16 Jan

Staffordshire Police are reminding people to be aware of courier fraud where offenders are cold calling victims purporting to be police officers with the intention of obtaining personal and financial information.


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