It’s blog time again and a varied two weeks since I last posted!
The Durham Miners Gala was fascinating with an upturn in interest due in part to other Trade Unions now being invited to attend and march but also because it seemed to be a celebration of by-gone years rather than a place for regret or recrimination (though these were still present). At the Cathedral Service five new banners from the former pit villages of Co Durham were dedicated at a packed service - standing room only! Very moving!
Peter Whittaker’s farewell service in West Yorkshire was a privilege to be a part of and interesting that many of the tributes to Peter mentioned his Pastoral care - which you may have gathered is one of my “pet” themes this year! Interesting too that many of the instances quoted Peter has no recollection of! But that perhaps is how it should be!
Queens Garden Party last Tuesday. Poured with rain most of the time so difficult to see much through umbrellas. Difficult choice between watching out for the Queen and grabbing food from the tea tent. The Vice President and I came to different conclusions about priorities! The Duke of Edinburgh (as well as the Queen) seemed to be a star attraction this year after his recent 90th birthday!
So thankfulness for the past has been a common thread - which I imagine may be repeated at Wesley College Bristol on Saturday and in the celebrations in Ghana next week as the church there celebrates 50 years of autonomy. Watch this space - although maybe not until I return from The World Methodist Council/Conference in Durban!