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June 17, 2019

Can you believe it's almost the longest day? We're nearing the half way mark of 2019. Sunday comes around and sometimes it's hard to believe a whole week has passed and it's time to gather for worship again. As I always say, if you're bored with church life then you ar...

January 24, 2019

I'm never sure when to stop saying, "Happy New Year!" I know it's probably too late now as January is almost over, but around the 10th of January seems to be the cut off for the greeting. Or at the very least, you have to acknowledge that your're late. 

It's too late fo...

October 31, 2018

We were travelling along a straight road, approaching a stretch where the verges were glorious with a magnificence of bright yellow flowers. What species of flora could possibly present such beauty? Well, now, they were dandelions! Prolific, common, wild dandelions!...

October 1, 2018

One of my earliest memories concerns a yellow plastic duck, in a washing-up bowl, full of water. I went to school when I was three, enjoyed each day until one sunny, Summer afternoon I came home to find a collection of my toys on the path outside; with the duck in the...

April 1, 2018

I once taught in Yorkshire school which was built at the end of the village street, and faced Saddleworth Moor. A place notorious even now, for the murder and burial of several children in that lonely wilderness. 

Sometimes, when our pupils were playing i...

March 12, 2018


This is the month when crocus adorn gardens; except in ours, which is the territory of local squirrels! Just one purple crocus has escaped their foraging. It stands in solitary splendour in the middle of the lawn, but it proclaims, with the authority of a 100 blooms,...

March 5, 2018

On September 26th 2017, construction work had begun on the new £350 million hospital in Llanfrechfa, Cwmbran. We read that this state-of-the-art super hospital will offer complex and acute emergency care to patients, and will be known as The Grange University hospital....

February 26, 2018

I remember him well. Joe was a dwarf. For seven years his embarrassed parents had excluded him from the village. He had never played in the garden, been seen in the local general store; certainly never started school. When I began a teaching position there, and realise...

January 26, 2018

World news reports that South Korea and North Korea are combining together in the Winter Olympics. With wars and rumours of wars battering our security, this was encouraging. Will this prove to be a simple foundation on which politicians can begin to reconstruct a majo...

January 15, 2018

The days when the paper boy delivered the daily news, so that we could peruse it over breakfast are just a memory for most of us now. We miss the postman's cheery greeting in the morning, and again in the afternoon, because there were two deliveries every day! Milk is...