Flying the flag with pride - for both the Queen's birthday and for St George's Day.
Saint George's Day, also known as the Feast of Saint George, is the feast day of Saint George as celebrated by various Christian Churches and by the several nations, kingdoms, countries, and cities of which Saint George is the patron saint including England, and regions of Portugal and Spain (Catalonia and Aragon).
Saint George's Day is normally celebrated on 23rd April. However, Church of England rules denote that no saints' day should overlap with Easter, in which case celebrations are to be moved to the following week. That being said, the 23rd of April is the traditionally accepted date of the saint's death in the Diocletianic Persecution of AD 303. For those Eastern Orthodox Churches which use the Julian calendar, this date currently falls on 6 May of the Gregorian calendar. In the 19th century, it was 5 May.
Many thanks to Sue Dean for sending in this fascinating article about an ancient Bible with very local connections. Sue added a note:
The Barrow family had several brothers who emigrated to America, they are related to dad's side of family,also Mary Long and the Dixons. I think it was once of the Barrow brothers who was ship wrecked. The Barrows lived till about 50 years ago at Canny Hill.
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There's an excellent website out there encouraging tourists to seek out churches to visit. It's definitely worth a look. Here is a preview of our entry.
A new scheme to 'swap, exchange or buy' books, DVDs and jigsaws has been set up for the community and is based in the Lady Chapel in St Peter's. The sign tells you all you need to know... Do please pay us a visit and take advantage of this community initiative.
Many thanks to all who turned out to mow and rake in the churchyard on 28th April 2019. As always special thanks those who provided the rewarding tea for those who toiled through the afternoon - and an even more special thanks for allowing the late arrival(s) who did only a little work, but were still encouraged to demolish the scones and cake! (I did take a slice of tea bread to Charmian in Boarbank... Promise! [Ed]!)
As part of our St Peter's Day celebrations this year, we have been invited to Choral Evensong at St Peter's Finsthwaite. Usually we alternate a celebratory service each year, but when the day itself (29th June) falls on a Saturday or Sunday we stick to our own Patronal festivities. This choral evensong on 23rd June is a bonus!