Thoughts from the Vicarage 142

LFTs available, good news and a diary date


This has been another week full of ‘attention grabbing’ headlines including the awful earthquake in Afghanistan, not to mention politics. However, I noticed a small item which did not receive the news coverage I felt it deserved. As the old adage goes it was all about good news which doesn’t sell newspapers!

Her Majesty the Queen was presented with the Canterbury Cross in recognition of her contribution to the Church of England over her long reign. She held a face-to-face audience with the Archbishop at Windsor Castle who gave the Queen a small silver cross, inspired by a 9th century Saxon brooch and incorporating a triquetra pattern, as a “heartfelt symbol” of the church’s “love, loyalty and affection”. The citation on the cross said: “Throughout her reign, Her Majesty has duly upheld both the Christian religion and the Church of England in her roles as Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England. Good news indeed!

More locally I am pleased to say that further supplies of Lateral Flow Covid 19 tests will be available in St Michael’s Lambourn between 1.30 and 3pm this coming Monday July 27th. There is no cost for these and please do share with anyone who may be in need.

Tomorrow, Saturday 25th June marks Armed Forces Day. This is a national day of celebration of those who serve, and have served, in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, and is held each year to raise public awareness of the contribution our troops make. In addition, there will be hundreds of events happening across the country. Find out more about the national events, as well as what is happening in the local area here:

Services this Sunday are on the attached Pews News and I look forward to seeing you at one of them. Communion will continue to be offered in two kinds. The chalice will be offered to those who wish to partake. There will be no compulsion nor any kind of judgement. If you prefer to simply receive the bread that is still absolutely fine. Christine and I will explain clearly at each church every week prior to communion. If you do have any query, however small please don’t hesitate to ask.

Finally, for those of you who have been asking about George Bodman’s funeral, it will be held on Thursday July 7th at 3.30pm. There will be a service in St Michael’s Lambourn followed by his burial in Upper Lambourn Cemetery as George requested. May George rest in peace.

God bless


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