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Can’t make it to church – 25 June 2017 

25 Jun

In a week where the news has been full on the failings of the Church of England through the actions of wicked people, and compounded by the actions of foolish people who perhaps, placing the public face and the approval of the public, deceived and ...


Morning Prayer – Friday 23 June 2017 

23 Jun

Etheldreda, Abbess of Ely, c.678 Psalm 31 In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness.


Morning Prayer – Thursday 22 June 2017 

22 Jun

Alban, first Martyr of Britain, c.250 Psalm 37 Fret not because of evildoers; be not jealous of those who do wrong.


Morning Prayer – Wednesday 21 June 2017 

21 Jun

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


Morning Prayer – Tuesday 20 June 2017 

20 Jun

Psalm 32 Happy the one whose transgression is forgiven, and whose sin is covered.


Morning Prayer – Monday 19 June 2017 

19 Jun

Sundar Singh of India, Sadhu (holy man), Evangelist, Teacher of the Faith, 1929 Psalm 27 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even my ...


Can’t make it to church – Sunday 18th June 2017 

18 Jun

Today, the first Sunday after Trinity.


Morning Prayer – Friday 16 June 2017 

16 Jun

Richard, Bishop of Chichester, 1253 Joseph Butler, Bishop of Durham, Philosopher, 1752 Psalm 17 Hear my just cause, O Lord; consider my complaint; listen to my prayer, which comes not from lying lips.


Morning Prayer – Thursday 15 June 2017 

15 Jun

The Day of Thanksgiving for the Institution of Holy Communion Evelyn Underhill, Spiritual Writer, 1941 Psalm 147 Alleluia.


Morning Prayer – Wednesday 14 June 2017 

14 Jun

Richard Baxter, Puritan Divine, 1691 Psalm 119.1-32 Blessed are those whose way is pure, who walk in the law of the Lord.


Morning Prayer – Tuesday 13 June 2017 

13 Jun

Psalm 5 Give ear to my words, O Lord; consider my lamentation.


Can’t make it to church – Sunday 11th June 2017 

11 Jun

Today is 'Trinity Sunday.


MEGA ALERT: The ELEGANT TERN in West Sussex 

10 Jun

Elegant Tern - Church Norton, West Sussex by Jan Charteris .


Morning Prayer – Thursday 8th June 2017 

8 Jun

Thomas Ken, Bishop of Bath and Wells, Nonjuror, Hymn Writer, 1711 Psalm 143 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and in your faithfulness give ear to my supplications; answer me in your righteousness.


Morning Prayer – Wednesday 7th June 2017 

7 Jun

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


Journal: Tamworth Hustings 

6 Jun

A tad over two years on and we were back in St Editha's church building hosting another Hustings event.


Morning Prayer – Tuesday 6th June 2017 

6 Jun

Ini Kopuria, Founder of the Melanesian Brotherhood, 1945 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, ...


Morning Prayer – Monday 5th June 2017 

5 Jun

Boniface (Wynfrith) of Crediton, Bishop, Apostle of Germany, Martyr, 754 Psalm 123 To you I lift up my eyes, to you that are enthroned in the heavens.


Can’t make it to church – Sunday 4th June 2017 

4 Jun

Two contrasting readings today - the John reading (Easter Sunday) and the Acts reading (Pentecost - fiftieth day) fifty days later' both in 'that same place: The Upper Room.


Morning Prayer – Tuesday 30th May 2017 

30 May

Josephine Butler, Social Reformer, 1906 Joan of Arc, Visionary, 1431 Apolo Kivebulaya, Priest, Evangelist in Central Africa, 1933 Psalm 98 Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvellous things.


A Corncrake in North Warwickshire 

29 May

On the afternoon of 27th May I received a text message from another Alvecote Pools 'patch worker' to say he had stumbled upon a Corncrake .


Morning Prayer – Monday 29 May 2017 

29 May

Psalm 93 The Lord is king and has put on glorious apparel; the Lord has put on his glory and girded himself with strength.


Morning Prayer – Saturday, 27 May 2017 

27 May

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 – Friday 26 May 2017 

26 May

Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, 605 John Calvin, Reformer, 1564 Philip Neri, Founder of the Oratorians, Spiritual Guide, 1595 Psalm 20 May the Lord hear you in the day of trouble, the name of the God of Jacob defend you; send you help from...


Morning Prayer – Thursday 25 May 2017 

25 May

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


Morning Prayer – Wednesday 24 May 2017 

24 May

Easter Season John and Charles Wesley, Evangelists, Hymn Writers, 1791 and 1788 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 ...


A prayer for Manchester 

23 May

Loving and compassionate God on another day when horror and violence are seen this time on our own shores rather than far off take from us the desire to act in anger turn our hearts to compassion for the injured and bereaved turn our faces to justice...


Morning Prayer – Tuesday 23 May 2017 

23 May

Easter Season 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 anger burned against us; ...


Journal: up to scratch 

23 May

I've been feeling a bit ??? For a couple of days now and it seems people have been noticing this if the couple of emails relating to me looking 'tired' are anything to go by.


Rogation and Ember days 

22 May

I hadn't posted today's daily office more than five minutes before I got a message asking, "What on earth are 'Rogation' days?" Rogation Days (Latin rogare - 'to ask') are for many of us in the Church of England part of the old order of things, ...


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Jeremy Corbyn Posts Old Photo to Celebrate Armed Forces Day 

25 Jun

To celebrate Armed Forces Day yesterday, the Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn had a photo of him standing with UK ware veterans posted on his Facebook and Twitter page to celebrate Armed Forces Day.


A Record Armed Forces Day Celebrated Across the Country 

24 Jun

A record 300 plus events including parades, military displays and community fetes have taken place right across the country today to say thank you to the Armed Forces community for the outstanding work they do.


Sprinkler Systems will be installed in Tamworth High-Rise Flats 

24 Jun

The high-rise flats of Tamworth will now have sprinkler systems installed, in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.


Tamworth in Bloom Judging Route Revealed 

24 Jun

Tamworth In Bloom – 2011 A year of hard work, planning and planting will soon reach its climax when the Heart of England in Bloom judges take a tour of the borough on Tuesday 18 th July.


Have Your Say on Staffordshire’s Roads 

24 Jun

Staffordshire County Council are asking residents to have their say on Staffordshire’s road network and play their part in future improvements through a survey issued this week.


27 High-Rise Blocks in England have Failed Cladding Fire Safety Tests 

24 Jun

Cladding on 27 tower blocks in 15 council areas in England have failed fire safety tests, the government says.


The Queen Reported to Police for Not Wearing Seat Belt 

24 Jun

The Queen has been reported to West Yorkshire Police for not wearing a seat belt in the official car for the State Opening of Parliament.


UK to Observe Minute’s Silence for Victims of Grenfell Tower Fire 

18 Jun

The United Kingdom will observe a minute’s silence at 11am on Monday 19 June in remembrance of those who lost their lives and all those affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower.


UK to Observe Minute’s Silence on Tuesday 6 June 

4 Jun

The Government has announced the UK will observe a minute’s silence on Tuesday 6 June 2017 at 11am in remembrance of those who lost their lives and all others affected by the attacks in London on Saturday night.


Work begins on M42 industrial site 

25 May

Hodgetts accelerate infrastructure programme at Tamworth distribution hub.


Drayton Manor Theme Park Ride Closed in Major Incident 

9 May

A ride at Drayton Manor theme park has been closed following a major incident.


Tamworth is 200th Dementia Friendly Community 

4 May

Tamworth is now a dementia friendly town – and that’s official! Just over a year after beginning its journey towards the ambitious goal, Tamworth has become the 200th area to be granted Dementia Friendly Community status by the Alzheimer’s ...


Smartphone Orders Body to Treat Diabetes 

1 May

Scientists have used a Smartphone to control the activity of the living cells inside an animal.


Help to Buy helping families onto the housing ladder in Tamworth 

29 Apr

Since the Government first launched Help to Buy in 2013, 89 households in Tamworth have taken up the Equity Loan scheme to gain their first rung on the housing ladder.


Government inspector to decide Arkall Farm fate 

28 Apr

The Government have 'called in' the application for land north of Ashby Road, otherwise known as Arkall Farm, following a request from local MP Christopher Pincher.


Employment remains at record high rate of 74.6% 

26 Apr

The ONS last week published statistics which showed the employment rate is at its joint record high of 74.6%, with 31.84 million people now in work.


Chris Backs Friends of Tamworth Castle on Special Year 

24 Apr

Christopher Pincher, MP for Tamworth, has thrown his support behind the Friends of Tamworth Castle who this year are celebrating their 50th anniversary.


Chris Welcomes Tougher Penalties for Litter Louts 

20 Apr

Tamworth MP Christopher Pincher this week welcomed the Government's new litter strategy which means culprits of littering could be fined up to 150 if caught.


Learning a work: the recipe for success 

19 Apr

I hope that you have all enjoyed a relaxing break over Easter, even if it was only the long weekend.


Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant praises Prime Minister Theresa May’s “bold” decision to call snap General Election 

18 Apr

Lichfield’s MP has hailed the Prime Minister’s “bold” decision to call a snap General Election.


Legal Street Racing just Around the Corner 

8 Apr

Birmingham Superprix held between 1986 and 1990 Could the next British Grand Prix be literally just around the corner from you? New laws come into force on Monday, 10 April 2017, that will allow motor racing events to take place on closed public ...


When I’m in the crowd 

7 Apr

Stephen Pennell watches Paul Weller, and isn’t totally impressed.


Chris Helps Autism Awareness Week 

7 Apr

Tamworth's MP Christopher Pincher took part in this year's Autism Awareness Week by helping to raise funds in Sainsbury's on Ventura Park.


New Rules to Prevent another Car Emission Scandal Approved 

5 Apr

West Midlands MEP Daniel Dalton won backing yesterday from the European Parliament for new measures that will ensure vehicles continue to meet emissions and safety standards once out of the showroom.


Plan to charge for brown bin collections in Lichfield and Burntwood could move a step closer 

30 Mar

Charges for brown bin collections could move a step closer next week as Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet discusses the proposals.


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.


MP Demands Arkall Farm Re-think 

20 Mar

Local MP Christopher Pincher has this week called on the Local Government Department to review the controversial decision to approve Arkall Farm and have it decided by an independent inspector.


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.


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