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Vicar’s February 2024 Message

Dear Friends, This year Valentine’s Day falls on Ash Wednesday. St Valentine was a real person who was known as a risk taker and miracle worker. Ultimately he gave his life for what he believed. We celebrate Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, on the same day. Both days celebrate the meaning of true love which is difficult to find these days…

Vicar’s Christmas Message

Dear friends, Part of the traditional Christmas feast in Medieval times was known as “The Great Pie”, which contained huge quantities of ground beef and lamb layered with boiled hens, rabbits, ducks and game birds. The pie was so big, they used iron bands to hold the pastry case together! In contrast “Umble Pie” was made with the ‘umbles’ of the deer…

Vicar’s November Message

Dear friends, Have you ever played Jenga? Players take turns removing one block at a time from a tower constructed of wooden blocks. As a block is removed, it is then placed on top of the tower, creating a progressively more unstable structure. The player causing the tower to collapse loses the game.  We are living in troubling times. The eruption of…

Vicar’s Easter Message

Dear friends, Ever since I was a teenager, I’ve always marvelled at the amount of faith an atheist has! To be an atheist I would have to believe that nothing produced everything, non-life produced life, randomness produced precision, chaos produced order, matter produced emotions, emptiness produced love, a vacuum produced imagination and matter produced a conscience and the ability to make and…

Vicar’s March Message 2023

Dear friends, I used to travel extensively around the world in Developing Countries, working with, and learning from local indigenous people groups. One country I worked in many times was Tanzania, so I love to hear stories of their heroes. It reminds me how resilient these wonderful people are in every walk of life. One such story you may well remember if…

Vicar’s Message for November 2022

Dear friends, Sarah and I have been here in Quainton for six years. I know it’s a cliché, but doesn’t time fly! I remember being totally shocked when I heard, after two days of interviews, that I was being offered this House For Duty post as Team Vicar looking after All Saints, Oving with Pitchcott and Holy Cross and St Mary, Quainton.…

Vicar’s July & August Message

Dear friends, There’s something very civilised about receiving an invitation with an RSVP on it! “Répondez s’il vous plait.” We’ve had several invitations recently from friends of ours who are getting married and naturally, there is an RSVP attached to each one – it would be rude of us to ignore it or forget to respond. Invitations are out there to our…

Vicar’s June Message

Dear friends, If you weren’t able to attend the Brett Memorial Event at Quainton Church in May you missed a treat! 400 years ago, Richard Brett was the Rector of Quainton and stayed in post for nearly 40 years. He was famously one of the Oxford team of translators of the King James Bible and was known in the village for his…

Vicar’s Easter Message

Dear friends, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has produced a human tragedy that we haven’t seen since the Second World War. One of the shocking things for me is that millions of Russian people actually believe Putin’s rhetoric spewed out mindlessly through his propaganda machine. When this is all over, it will be very difficult for him to hide the evidence of numerous…

Vicar’s February Message

My first TV appearance was on a pop music show in the Netherlands. The Dutch TV company flew me out from London to Amsterdam for the day and when I arrived I was ushered into the artist’s make-up room and plastered with an orange paste that they rubbed all over my face. Apparently, it was necessary to make you look healthy and…