Holy Week and Easter Addresses on-line

I’m looking forward to the privilege and challenge of giving the Holy Week and Easter addresses at St Margaret’s, Ilkley this year. Nestling under Ilkley Moor it offers the added bonus for me of being near the South Riding stamping ground of my maternal ancestors the Shaws. (My 2-greats-grandfather Edward Shaw was a younger brother of Ben and helped found the soft drinks business with him. We still have an early note of their hedge-rowing in our family papers). And yes, I can still give a (very bad) rendition of Ilkla’ Moor when the party is warm enough…

We will be following St John’s account of the Passion, to the Cross and beyond, with themes as follows:

Palm Sunday   
Amazing Grace: abiding in the Vine.  John 15.1-17
Lazarus lives: a fragrance to fill the world. John 12.1-11
Death and Glory: some said it thundered. John 12.20-36
It was night: one of you will betray me. John 13.21-32
A new commandment: will you share a towel? John 13.1-17, 31b-35
Behold the man: behold your King! John 19.1-37
Dead or alive: He is not here, He is risen. Luke 24.-12
Easter Day        
New lives for old: he saw and believed.  John 20-1-18
Peace be with you: a people of peace.  John 20.19-23

I’ll be posting the text of the talks each day on my blog (bpdt.wordpress.com) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/wanderingbishop/) so that those who can’t be there for all the services can still follow the story.

Prayer for the Day: worth following this week (even in your sleep)

You can listen to the Prayer for the Day whenever it suits you by going to the BBC website. Today’s is at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0003rl5 and is by Ann Memmott, who has the microphone for all this week.

Ann is a national and international adviser on autism, and main author of autism guidelines for the Church of England. Recommended.

Ely Cathedral announces space themed Festival with a ‘star’ line up

This week Ely Cathedral has announced an exciting programme of events for their up and coming Science Festival, ‘The Sky’s The Limit’, with a focus on Space and Space Travel to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

This family themed event takes place inside Ely’s magnificent medieval Cathedral. Highlights include the installation of a seven metre diameter lunar replica, The Museum of the Moon, by artist Luke Jerram, which will be suspended from the Nave ceiling.  This illuminated breath-taking installation reflects the exact imagery of the moon’s surface from data collected by NASA.

With a focus on space exploration, artificial intelligence and future technologies the Festival’s guest speakers will be the Astronomer Royal, Lord Rees, Sky At Night presenters Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Chris Lintott, and television celebrity and space enthusiast, Dallas Campbell.  A space themed exhibition will run alongside the full programme of activities. Key exhibits will include meteorites, astronaut suits, a space toilet and space food alongside many other fascinating items on loan from The Science Museum, The Institute of Astronomy and The Sedgewick Museum in Cambridge.

Ely Cathedral Canon, Vicky Johnson, a former research scientist, who is overseeing the festival, said: “Ely is situated in part of the country where science and technology are an important part of the local economy.   Through our Science Festivals we celebrate the opportunities that Science and Technology offer to the wellbeing and advancement of the human race. Our aim is to become a Cathedral for Science where Science and Faith can happily interact and learn from each other.” 

The Festival will run from 18 May to 9 June inclusive. A full programme of all the events highlighting details of all the activities, talks, music, cinema and art taking place is available in the Science Festival leaflet or online at www.elycathedral.org

IMEMS Scientific Study of Manuscripts and Inscriptions (SSoMI) Summer School

2 – 6 September 2019, Durham University

Organised by the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) and generously supported by the Zeno Karl Schindler (ZKS) Foundation

Closing date for applications is 30 April 2019


I don’t think I can justify booking into this for myself, but what a fantastic course!

We are pleased to announce the Scientific Study of Manuscripts and Inscriptions (SSoMI) Summer School at Durham University.

This 5-day course will comprise four days of tailored sessions, culminating in a workshop where experts will present the findings of a 360 degree manuscript study. During the course, students will gain an understanding of:

•                     the various stages and practicalities involved in the making of medieval manuscript books;

•                     the scientific analysis of manuscripts and what this can reveal;

•                     image processing and pattern recognition topics;

•                     the labour-intensive processes of parchment-making and binding;

•                     the circumstances that have led to damage and destruction of books, and what can be done to understand surviving fragments.

Download the preliminary programme here (please note this is subject to change). 

How to Apply

There are no specific course pre-requisites. There will be 12 places on the full course; we will consider additional applications from those wishing to take part in Day One only.

To apply for a place, please download the application form from our website and send it, together with your CV, to admin.imems@durham.ac.uk  

Fees and Funding

The full course fee is £550. Day one may be taken as a free-standing, one-day course in codicology and is priced at £150.

This year, thanks to funding from the ZKS Foundation, we hope to provide full and part bursaries for registered students, with preference going to those attending all parts of the course.

Monkland, All Saints, and Hymns A&M

All Saints’ Monkland is a Norman foundation, built by monks from the Abbey of Conches in Normandy, which has had a thorough Victorian makeover – but for once one with some real quality to it.

The architect was Street, the chancel was paid for by the then vicar Sir Henry Baker, prime mover of Hymns Ancient and Modern (and author of “The King of Love my Shepherd is”), who also commissioned the fine Walker organ.

The Trustees of Hymns A&M paid for the rather fine and unusual Hardman east window full of musical activity. A real treat. And if you visit don’t fail to drop in at the Monkland Dairy and cfae too – another more physical treat. It’s where Little Hereford cheese is made, along with Blue Monk – and Other Monk, their Camembert-like offering. The true story (I haver it from the owners) is that when they made a Blue Monk without the blue, if you see what I mean, it got called “the other Monk” as they developed it, and the name just stuck.