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Bob Weighton reads his poems

The media spotlight fell full beam on Bob Weighton with his landmark 111th birthday on 29 March. Bob, who lives in Alton, Hampshire, and is not only the oldest Englishman but the joint oldest man in the whole of the UK. He shares his birthday with 111-year-old Alf Smith from Perth in Scotland. Here he reads two of his poems: Emily Kate The argument against loveRead more

Letting God's Love Flow

The former Bishop of Oxford, the Right Revd John Pritchard, focused on prayer when addressing Birmingham Diocese’s Pastoral teams annual away day. The theme was ‘Letting God’s Love Flow: living our life of prayer’. The afternoon workshop on Anna Chaplaincy was popular. Debbie outlined the ways this form of support for people in later life and their carers is expanding across the country. The multicultural setting for much of the diocese’s work was reflected in ...Read more

'In Churches Also': Domestic abuse research

Although instances of domestic abuse are not as prevalent among older age groups it is still important to be aware of signs when it is happening. In March Churches Together in Cumbria, CTiC published a ground-breaking study on domestic abuse entitled ‘In Churches Also.’ According to Dr Kristin Aune of Coventry University, who led the research, the findings were compelling. ‘Domestic abuse happens in churches too,’ she said. ‘A quarter of the people we heard ...Read more

Refresh and Resource 2019

More than 80 people from across southern England came to be inspired and equipped for their work among older people as network member Erica Roberts held another successful annual conference. Read more in the Caraway newsletter. This year’s Refresh and Resource conference 2019 took the theme ‘Standing at the Crossroads’, for its conference falling in Lent and commemoration of events leading to the cross just ten days before Easter. Donald and Harriet Mowat, Erica Roberts ...Read more

Anna Chaplains commissioned in Newcastle

The new Anna Chaplains in Newcastle We’re delighted to announce that Anna Chaplaincy has reached the north-east of England. No fewer than twelve Anna Chaplains were commissioned on Sunday 17 February at Newcastle’s St Nicholas Cathedral. The Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Revd Christine Hardman, led the ecumenical service to commission seven Anglicans from Newcastle, as well as another from Durham Diocese on behalf of the Bishop of Durham. Church leaders from Methodist, Baptist and ...Read more


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