On a brilliantly sunny October day the figure of Christ returned to the War Memorial Calvary, newly gilded, restored to its original appearance. Hoisting the cast-iron corpus onto the wooden cross was a nerve-wracking exercise for all concerned, and a gilder was on hand to touch up any damage caused by the operation. Restoration of the Calvary has been supported by the War Memorials Trust and a generous private donor, and we are delighted that work will be finished in time for the centenary of the end of the First World War.
The parish Act of Remembrance will take place at the Calvary at the end of Mass on Sunday 11th November, and the Calvary will be re-dedicated at 10.45 on Monday 12th, with children from St Mary Magdalene’s School taking part.
We will be celebrating going back into the Nave for Sunday worship with a mass for the anniversary of the consecration of the church, at 11am on Sunday the 21st October. There will be a party after the service.
From Sunday the 21st all services will return to the Nave and Chancel.
On the 28th of October there will be no Sunday Mass, as we shall be joining with St Peter’s to celebrate their dedication festival.
Also we have a free event on Thursday 25th October, at 6.30pm in church. Celebrated American poet (and civil-rights activist) J Chester Johnson will speak on “Auden, the Psalms and Me” about his time working alongside W H Auden translating the Psalms for the American Prayer Book. This will be fascinating for enthusiasts for poetry as well as liturgy.