St Anne’s Church, Tottington

View From The Vicarage

The Vicar’s blog.

View from the Vicarage – April 2016

The Annual General Meeting of Parishioners takes place on Sunday the 17th of April. The thought of this event may not fill many folk with great feelings of excitement and unbridled euphoria! However it is a necessary element in the way in which the Church of England,...

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View From The Vicarage – Friendship

It was my great privilege to recently preach at the Church of St John the Evangelist in Accrington. Before I began my sermon I brought them hearty greetings from St Anne’s Church in Totttington, Bury in Lancashire. The assembled throng picked up on my humorous remark...

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View from the Vicarage – Lent

It is pretty obvious to any of you who know me that I have been deeply influenced by Anglican – Catholic tradition; I grew up after all in Oxford and only around the corner from the Cowley Fathers and a short distance from the nuns at Faircares – both Church of...

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View From The Vicarage – The God Squad

We must surely have all been very impressed with members of the God Squad who slept out overnight outside the parish hall last Saturday in solidarity with the homeless of our diocese and the enormous response from the people at St Anne’s in bring in literally piles of...

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View From The Vicarage – The God Squad

We must surely have all been very impressed with members of the God Squad who slept out overnight outside the parish hall last Saturday in solidarity with the homeless of our diocese and the enormous response from the people at St Anne’s in bring in literally piles of...

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View From The Vicarage: Remembrance

In October this year our youngest Son, Freddie, went on a school battlefields tour to northern France. It is something that his school has annually organised for the past 21 years. This year the boys visited the town of Loos in order to commemorate the Old Boys from...

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View from the Vicarage – October 2015

The onset of autumn is a reminder of the change that comes to all life. The leaves turn slowly to brown and gold and start to fall from the trees. As I write this the sun is shining brightly but there is a sharpness about the air and the grass still shows the sign of...

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View from the Vicarage – August 2015

August is often referred to as Mary’s Month. This is primarily because August the 15th is the Feast Day of the Assumption. Throughout the whole of Wester Europe it is held as a public holiday and festivals and processions in major cities and obscure villages (...

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View from the Vicarage – July 2015

A week or so ago the Evening Standard newspaper in London carried a story about a tourist visiting Windsor Castle. The tourist chose, for reasons best known to himself, to mimic a Guardsman as he marched up and down whilst on duty. The Guardsman showed remarkable...

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View from the Vicarage – May 2015

Aren’t young people great? Well actually, and contrary to popular myth, the vast majority of them are. Compared to my parents generation I think it is true to say that young people are far more tolerant of difference, more concerned about the welfare of the planet,...

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View from the Vicarage – March 2015

It is a fact that the men and women who either inspired or funded the building of our great cathedrals and abbeys never saw their plans accomplished. Most of them took hundreds of years to build and whilst their motives may have been mixed, they remain enormous...

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View From The Vicarage | February 2015

May I commend to everyone a Lenten discipline that is slightly more pious and devotional than giving up chocolate or desisting from shaving for forty days! I have been guilty of both in previous Lenten seasons. Lent is a period of time when we attempt to deepen our...

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