/March 2018 Articles

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Alistair Hodkinson reports on development plans at Auckland Saint Helen One of the many impressive things about the beautiful Grade 1 medieval parish church of Auckland S. Helen is that, since 1170, it has managed to serve its County Durham [...]

Fr Stuart Ramsden RIP

Rodney Marshall remembers a faithful priest Well, dear friends we’ve come together today to say our farewell to one of the best-known and best-loved priests in our diocese, and indeed in the whole of the Church of England. His fame [...]

March Diary

Thurifer has been out and about Belatedly I have read Outlandish Knight: The Byzantine Life of Steven Runciman by Minoo Dinsha: outstandingly good, beautifully written in sinuous, nuanced prose. His publishing debut, it shows that genes tell. Son of the [...]

Secular Liturgies

Tom Sutcliffe feels things have gotten to a low-ebb You would think Carmen was a work Covent Garden should do for itself - as it always has. A new production was announced with Mariame Clément directing. But no. The new [...]

The way we live now

Christopher Smith considers the matter of covenant, from Noah to the Methodists It’s that time of year again, and I hope your Lent has begun well. Being a parish priest, of course, I trust you are availing yourself of some [...]


Amongst one of the more pressing issues for Christians in the modern world is the issue of the sanctity of human life. We are fortunate to live in a country where the death penalty is no longer used, but there [...]

Faith of our Fathers

Arthur Middleton on loving learning and desiring God ‘This is the famous stone That tumeth all to gold, For that which God doth touch and own Cannot for lesse be told.’ George Herbert, ‘The Elixir,’ in The Temple, Herbert’s Works, [...]