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Journal: Did someone say ‘red feathers’? 

25 Mar

The exit music at a funeral today associated them with a hooly-hooly skirt - what a super track to leave by, does it get any better than that? Today has been more of the same, and there's been as many funerals for me this month that I usually get in ...


Morning Prayer – Friday 24 March 2017 

24 Mar

Walter Hilton of Thurgarton, Augustinian Canon, Mystic, 1396 Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, Martyr, 1980 Paul Couturier, Priest, Ecumenist, 1953 Lent Psalm 22 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me, and are so far from my salvation, from...


Tia surpassed herself! 

24 Mar

This little girl did very well indeed yesterday! What has happened is this: Tia and her mum came to see us a month or two ago, to ask if we could help.


Journal: A good send off 

24 Mar

what a stunning day! It was another long one but it totally rocked as we did a back-to-back services with Communion and then a funeral for one of our lovely ladies.


Migration Report 

23 Mar

Wednesday 22 Marsh 2017 It rained all day but at the end of it I'd seen a few new birds for the year.


A prayer for London in a time of loss 

23 Mar

Lord, in a day where wicked hands have acted to take life, We look to you whose desire is to bring healing, peace, unity and concord to this world.


Morning Prayer – Thursday 23 March 2017 

23 Mar

Psalm 56 Have mercy on me, O God, for they trample over me; all day long they assault and oppress me.


Journal: where did that day go to? 

23 Mar

I knew it was going to be busy but .


Morning Prayer – Wednesday 22 March 2017 

22 Mar

Lent Psalm 38 Rebuke me not, O Lord, in your anger, neither chasten me in your heavy displeasure.


Journal: A day off 

22 Mar

Well, a third of a day off anyway! Before the world starts the, "You have to take your day off," tirade, I had to square away some of the funerals in terms of getting the CDs burnt, the service paperwork done, a regimental flag found (ended up buying...


A gander at the Geese 

21 Mar

21st March 2017 Excellent couple of days Birding.


Augusta Jones Designer Trunk Show 

21 Mar

Cicily Bridal will be hosting an Augusta Jones Designer Trunk Show on Saturday, 15th April (Easter Saturday).


Morning Prayer – Tuesday 21 March 2017 

21 Mar

Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, Reformation Martyr, 1556 Lent Psalm 6 O Lord, rebuke me not in your wrath; neither chasten me in your fierce anger.


Journal: And Jesus said . . . 

21 Mar

"What you need is a meeting!" Well that's what so many who call themselves Church seem to think! In fact, it seems to me, on reading the Bible, that's exactly what He never said.


Morning Prayer – Monday 20 March 2017 

20 Mar

Joseph of Nazareth Lent Psalm 25 To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies triumph over me.


Journal: that ‘works one day’ arrives 

20 Mar

Three Communions and a couple of baptisms were on the calendar for today.


Migration begins 

19 Mar

Sunday 19th March 2017 The end of last week saw a definite movement of birds across the area.


Journal: Men’s breakfast, A party and more 

19 Mar

Had a go at a men's breakfast today - good turn out and great fun.


Stonechats on the Patch 

18 Mar

I have been wandering around in all my usual areas seeing what's about, but this has been a quiet period from end of February to early March.


Morning Prayer – Saturday 18 March 2017 

18 Mar

Cyril, Bishop of Jerusalem, Teacher of the Faith, 386 Lent Psalm 3 Lord, how many are my adversaries; many are they who rise up against me.


Morning Prayer – Friday 17 March 2017 

17 Mar

Patrick, Bishop, Missionary, Patron of Ireland, c.460 Lent Psalm 40 I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.


Journal: Meeting in McDonald’s 

17 Mar

Another action packed day: Started with the Daily Office followed by Admin and service prep, Thursday Communion, funeral visit, service in the Crem', cup of tea, service in the church building, quick stop to chat and drink tea with the mourners, home...


Morning Prayer – Thursday 16 March 2017 

16 Mar

Psalm 34 I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall ever be in my mouth.


Journal: And breathe! 

16 Mar

Amazing day, both up and at 'em before the streets were fully aired today with one of us heading for Brum and the other off to Stafford as we were engaged in pastoral and evangelism stuff.


Morning Prayer – Wednesday 15 March 2017 

15 Mar

Lent Psalm 35 Contend, O Lord, with those that contend with me; fight against those that fight against me.


Journal: Give me just a little more time 

15 Mar

Looking like a very interesting month as the number of funeral services keep on growing! Monday saw a ninety-five year old lead me to the Crem' on a motorcycle hearse - a life of military service celebrated - a good day's work indeed.


Morning Prayer – Tuesday 14 March 2017 

14 Mar

Psalm 50 The Lord, the most mighty God, has spoken and called the world from the rising of the sun to its setting.


A quiet spell 

13 Mar

Monday 13th March 2017 The previous week saw visits to several local sights with the hope of finding early migrants but with no success.


Morning Prayer – Monday 13 March 2017 

13 Mar

Psalm 26 Give judgement for me, O Lord, for I have walked with integrity; I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered.


Journal: A green day 

11 Mar

Today was taken up with pastoral things and green things as I found myself in a couple of locations talking to people about ethical, morals and the values and standards that define us and our nation.


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New Name and New Services at Tamworth Advice Centre 

20 Mar

The service which provides free, independent, impartial and confidential advice to anyone in Tamworth who needs it has a new provider, a new name and more services, but it’s business as usual for the people who use it.


Calling All Knitters – You Can Help People with Dementia 

12 Mar

The Tamworth Dementia Action Alliance and Cllr Andrew James are inviting knitters in Tamworth to pick up their needles and use their craft skills and creativity to help people with dementia.


£20 Million for D-Day Landings Memorial 

5 Mar

The British servicemen and women who gave their lives in the D-Day landings and in the Normandy Campaign will be commemorated with a new memorial, supported by £20 million, the Prime Minister and Chancellor today announced.


FA to Fund Study to Examine Links between Playing Football and Dementia 

5 Mar

An independent university is to conduct a “six-figure” Football Association study into whether there is a link between playing football and dementia.


PMQs- it’s a joke and this is how it should change 

3 Mar

Prime Minister’s Questions is nothing more than cliche time in Parliament, says political commentator Will Mapplebeck ‘Would my right honorable friend agree with me…?’ There are fewer depressing phrases uttered in Parliament, a signal that...


Schools to Teach 21st Century Relationships and Sex Education 

2 Mar

The Government has tabled amendments to the Children and Social Work Bill, which will make it a requirement that all secondary schools in England teach relationships and sex education (RSE).


Lichfield District Council likely to reject request from Tamworth to create a new site for travellers 

2 Mar

Lichfield District Council says it is unlikely to build an additional site for travellers despite a request from a neighbouring local authority to do so.


Burntwood councillor says communities in Lichfield and Burntwood aren’t bound together by voting boundaries 

1 Mar

A Burntwood councillor says residents in Hammerwich and Wall will be well represented at Westminster, regardless of which constituency they end up in.


People in Lichfield and Burntwood could be charged extra to have their brown bins collected 

28 Feb

People in Lichfield and Burntwood could soon have to pay extra to have their garden waste collected.


Chair of Lichfield Green Party says plan to move Whittington voters into Tamworth is “mindless and insensitive” 

28 Feb

The chair of the Green Party in Lichfield has backed calls for the Boundary Commission to rethink plans to move Whittington and Streethay into the Tamworth constituency.


Warning community ties will be broken if Whittington and Streethay are moved out of Lichfield voting boundary 

28 Feb

Community ties in Lichfield risk being broken if voting boundaries are changed, the chairman of the local Conservative Association has warned.


MP urges people to make their voices heard on plans to move some Lichfield voters into Tamworth 

27 Feb

People living in parts of Lichfield have been urged to make their voices heard on plans to move some areas of the city into the Tamworth voting area.


Former leader of Lichfield District Council says area has lost one of the last great local government statesmen 

25 Feb

The area has lost one of the last great local government statesmen, according to the former leader of Lichfield District Council.


Joint Works to Support Hew Homes Development Set to Begin Next Month 

19 Feb

Careful coordination of works to support a major new homes development in Tamworth will mean a big reduction in the number of roadworks and less disruption for people and businesses.


Could You Produce a Visitor Guide for Tamworth? 

19 Feb

Tamworth Borough Council is looking for an organisation or individual to help us with producing our Visitor Guide, potentially over the next 3 years.


Could You Be The UK’s First Small Business Commissioner 

12 Feb

Applications are open to become the UK’s first Small Business Commissioner – a high profile role supporting small businesses in payment disputes with their larger customers.


Weekly Video Update: Article 50 Passes Through Commons 

12 Feb

Here is my weekly video update.


Voting against Brexit would be undemocratic and disrespectful says Tamworth MP 

10 Feb

Tamworth's MP Christopher Pincher has criticised opposition MPs who seek to disrupt or prevent Brexit as 'undemocratic and disrespectful'.


New Bus Service from Tamworth to Hockley Starts on Saturday 

6 Feb

People Movers have announced a new bus service, the 9A, running between Tamworth and Hockley will start on Saturday 11th February.


New Industrial Strategy seeks to benefit business in Tamworth 

26 Jan

Tamworth's MP Christopher Pincher has welcomed the Government's plans for a new modern 'Industrial Strategy' which aims to support businesses in Tamworth and around the country to grow and create more highly paid and skilled jobs.


Optimistic About Future of Sir Robert Peel Hospital 

22 Jan

Sir Robert Peel hospital Last Monday (16 Jan), I attended Staffordshire County Council’s Joint Health Scrutiny Accountability Session with Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and I have to say that I was very surprised not to see any opposition ...


Local builder celebrated as one of Britain’s best by NHBC 

22 Jan

F rom over 16,000 sites across the UK, the high quality and organisation of Keepers Road in Little Aston by Geoff Hale from Firstpost Homes in Tamworth has been celebrated as part of the NHBC Pride in the Job Awards.


Jaguar Land Rover Fined £900,000 after Worker Loses Leg in Accident 

20 Jan

Jaguar Land Rover has been fined after a worker lost their leg following a car accident.


Weekly Video Update: Mental Health and Sir Robert Peel Hospital 

13 Jan

Happy New Year.


Chris welcomes Prime Minister’s commitment to mental health 

12 Jan

Tamworth's MP Christopher Pincher has welcomed new measures to transform the way we approach and deal with mental health so more children and young people receive support and care.


Mercian Ward Councillor’s First Residents Surgery of 2017 

11 Jan

Tamworth Rugby Club, Wigginton Park, Tamworth Tamworth Borough Council’s Mercian ward councillors will be holding their first residents surgery of 2017 on Saturday 14th January.


Chris Meets NHS to Discuss Services in Staffordshire 

10 Jan

Tamworth's Member of Parliament, Christopher Pincher, together with other local MPs met NHS leaders just before Christmas to discuss potential changes to the area's hospital services.


Children Warn of Smoking Risks in Hard Hitting Campaign 

30 Dec

A new PHE film shows children creating personal images and warnings about the damage smoking causes to convince smokers to stop.


Drayton Manor Park’s Chief Executive Receives OBE in Queen’s New Year Honours List 

30 Dec

Drayton Manor Park’s Chief Executive Colin Bryan has received an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.


Arise Sir Ken Dodd 

30 Dec

Comedy legend Ken Dodd has been knighted for services to entertainment and charity, at the age of 89.


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