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As summer draws to a close…

As I write, our late summer break is drawing to a close. Mick and I have spent the past few days at our son’s home in South Devon. It has been a lovely opportunity to slow down, reflect and recharge our batteries before we embark on the busy times ahead of us. As always, the […]

Why do clergy need to keep fit?

Did you know that clergy, in general, suffer higher rates of obesity, arthritis, heart problems, high blood pressure and mental health problems and stress than many other professions? Many clergy find it is so very difficult to maintain a work/life balance. I am a Priest for the Church of England contracted to work two days […]

How are you? How are you, really?

This week I watched the very moving documentary featuring Roman Kemp, ‘Our Silent Emergency’, where he spoke candidly, not only of the devastating effects the suicide of his friend had upon him, but also of his own long standing mental health issues. It was both brave and honest, and I’m so glad that both my […]

A Roadmap

The past week has seen the PM unveil his ‘roadmap’ for our route out of the restrictions we have all lived under, due to the pandemic, for almost twelve months now. Of course we want to be positive, but we can be forgiven for approaching this latest announcement with some caution. It doesn’t seem so […]

Seeing the world through different lenses

I don’t like wearing my glasses. Fact. I never have done; I don’t like the feel of them on my face. But my eyesight is rubbish – especially when it comes to reading. I stand no chance if faced with small print or bad light! I do have contact lenses (also varifocal) and they are […]

Unbreakable

The cover photograph for my Blog site is the painting on the side of the barn at Whitebottom Farm by Paint Sayers. The words are the final lines of the poem ‘Invictus’ written in 1875, by William Ernest Henley. ‘Invictus’ is Latin, meaning ‘unconquerable’. The poem is about stoicism, about courage in the face of […]

Here we go again ~ another lockdown

On the one hand, it came as no surprise that we should be locked down yet again. It has practically become the norm over the past year in Greater Manchester to be able to do very little, other than within or with members of your own household. But, as the message hit home last night, […]

So, here it begins – a new Blog.

Why, you might ask? What’s the purpose? Why the Rev’s Return? 2020 has been a difficult year for so many people, let’s be honest, we’ve none of us ever known anything like it. For me personally though, 2020 brought unexpectedd and added difficulties, which resulted in my having eight months signed off work. But here […]

So here it begins

Why write a blog? What’s the purpose? Why call it the Rev’s Return? 2020 has been a difficult year for so many people, let’s be honest, we’ve none of us ever known anything like it. For me personally though, 2020 brought unexpected and added difficulties, which resulted in my having eight months signed off work. […]