Another interesting relative…


If you think this chap looks rather artistic, you’d be right! He’s yet another of the rather interesting relatives Jean keeps on finding in her family history researches, a nephew of her 4-greats grandfather whose picture I put up a few days ago. This one is William Bartholomew, poet and librettist (1793–1867, also a professional chemist, violinist, and painter of flowers). Fascinating. He collaborated with Mendelssohn, writing the words for ‘Oh, for the wings of a dove’ and the libretto for Elijah.  This is one of the many letters between them:



Art Challenge: Ipswich

Ipswich Christchurch Tree Ipswich Festival Sky over Suffolk

And finally, as I sign off for Holy Week, three well-saturated shots from Suffolk – one of the old, gnarled trees in Christchurch Park, Ipswich, that I’ve passed every time I’ve walked down into town, and imagined Wolsey doing the same; an installation from last year’s IpArt Festival promising warmer days to come; and one of those amazing Suffolk skies.

Why not enter our Suffolk Show Photography Competition?

Bishop’s Council Growing in God


This is a totally unfair snapshot of the Bishop’s Council last night, taken from the chair, with the Archdeacon of Suffolk challenging us all to enter the Diocesan Photo Competition for the Suffolk Show, whose theme is growth. I couldn’t resist slipping my smartphone out and starting the ball rolling. The serious point is that the Council has shown real growth itself over the time I’ve known them, with even a hint of jollity and joy slipping out as it also becomes even more serious about its strategic priority: Growing in God. Well done them!

Walk the Labyrinth at Ingham


see   hear   touch   taste   smell

The Easter Story
Walking the Labyrinth

Ingham Church

Open Good Friday 3rd April 2015
between 12noon – 6pm
and Holy Saturday 4th April 10am – 5pm

Come and journey at your own pace

Ingham Church is situated 4 miles north of Bury St Edmunds, on the A134

For further information please contact: Revd Tony Redman (01359 269335)

1 Corinthians 13 for teachers

Many thanks to our great Diocesan Director of Education, Jane Sheat, for everything – but especially for including in her latest newsletter this super paraphrase by the rather excellent Andy Wolfe of The Nottingham Emmanuel School, which will I suspect ring the bells of any teachers who read it:

If I tirelessly teach five outstanding lessons a day, and see my students make excellent progress against their targets, but have not love, I am only a broken window or a wall covered in graffiti.
If I create a perfect climate for learning, have excellent meetings with parents and resolve all the problems of the day through focused toil, but have not love, I am only an uneaten school dinner or a messy office.
If I give all I have to my school and work a 70 hour week, marking, planning, preparing and evaluating and have the most perfect colour-coded action plan to guide my path, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
(cited in A Flintham, Sustaining Hope in School Leadership, Grove Books Ltd, 2014 p25)

Suffolk Churches do well in bids for roof repair grants

News is just out of which churches have been successful in their bids for grants from the government’s extended roof repair fund. 18 churches in Suffolk are benefitting (out of 44 applications), which is the highest success rate in the East of England and in the top three nationally. I am thrilled for the churches that have been named and send my commiserations to those that haven’t, hoping that they will succeed in the second round of grants later this year. For both winners and losers putting in for grants like this is a lot of work and we are very grateful to thise who have undertaken it.


Those popping the Champagne corks are:

Assington (£37.6k) , Beccles St Michael (£26.8k), Benhall (£83.1k), Bradfield Combust (£21.3k), Bramfield (£24.6k), Bredfield (£21.9k), Cotton (£40.9k), Dalham (£25.1k), Euston (£38.6k), Falkenham (£30.7k), Gt Finborough (£60.3k), Gt Wratting (£75k), Icklingham St James (£12.8k), Redlingfield (£71.8k), Rendlesham St Gregory (£19k), Stansfield (£66.4k), Sternfield (£71.9) and Wrentham (£69.1k)


The detail can be seen here  – pages 5 and 6 list Suffolk’s success.