Llandovery Male Voice Choir
20th September 7.00 pm.
St Mary’s Church, Kington
In association with The Friends of St Mary’s Church Kington and The Friends of St.Thomas à Becket Church,The Landovery Male Choir will perform their wide and varied repertoire in St Mary’s Church, Kington at 7.00 pm.The Choir of 40 voices, conducted by Mrs Lynn Jones MBE, will be performing in Welsh.
Tickets for this event are available from the Kington Walks website here
'Restoring Our Rivers By Any Means Necessary!' - Kate Speke-Adams
Friday 11th October at 7.30
St Thomas à Becket Church
Kate’s talk will explain the broad range of work undertaken by the Wye & Usk Foundation and describe how the Foundation seeks to address specific pressures on our rivers including:
Access to spawning grounds for migratory fish
Habitat conditions in the Wye including gravel supplies for fish spawning, bankside protection and eradication of non-native invasive species
Water quality including the impact of pesticides on drinking water supplies & phosphate levels causing eutrophication in the river.
Water quantity, both high and low flows and the implication for residents of the river and the county.
Kate heads up a team of Catchment Advisers at the Foundation, which seeks to reduce diffuse pollution arising from agriculture throughout the catchment. Kate grew up on a dairy farm in North Herefordshire and this, combined with experience gained from working for the Environment Agency, gives her a well balanced view on the risks and opportunities that agriculture can offer the water environment.
The Narrow Road -
Review by Liz MacCurrach
A haunting Palestinian song and the sound of crickets, the bright spotlights and eyes crinkled against the sun launched us straight into the sounds, heat and smells of Judea 2000 years ago.
The progress of the story is held together powerfully by a ‘travel guide’. The book is passed between the 4 actors and describes the surroundings and the direction the road is taking. The journey is also emphasized by the actors carrying packs and seeming to be on the move, and several vignettes are roadside encounters
I’ve chosen a few of the encounters to highlight. Jesus arguing with the scribes and Pharisees, as a teenager, showed me so clearly that Jesus was all about the inner man whereas the elders of Israel were all about rules. A moving dialogue with the woman at the well reminds me that there is no right place to worship God, no one race or colour – but we must worship in ‘spirit and in truth’ and that Jesus will give us ‘living water’. We eaves drop on a clever scene between Caiaphas and Barabbas plotting, which made me question whether today there isn’t still a power struggle going on? We are privy to a very intimate last supper where Jesus gently and lovingly washed his disciples’ feet, all the while modeling the servant heart.
We then go to the garden of Gethsemane where we hear Jesus pleading with God. A silent angel appears and seems to give him strength. In a background vision we see Jacob laying his son Isaac on an alter to slay him. As Jesus begs for another solution, a ram is spotted caught in briers and Isaac gets his reprieve. There is no ‘scapegoat’ for Jesus. This scene envelops me and is so visceral, Jesus struggling with the temptation to run and the heavens seem silent…… it almost breaks my heart.
But there is still more, at the last a massive cross is suddenly revealed with red silk hanging from it and Jesus is sacrificed on the alter below. It is a violent and shocking end. He cries out those memorable words from Psalm 22, “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?” You and I who have never learned the Torah by heart would think, “Yes, where are you God?” But Jesus knew those gathered round the cross would immediately know how that prophetic psalm continues.
“Yes!” they would say, “Yes, this is He, the promised one, the one we have been waiting for. He is our sacrifice, our Saviour, who died once for all”.
And so, in Him we can decide, as those travelers did on a dusty road, whether to choose love or hate, peace or violence, light or darkness, and follow the narrow road.
(Reviewed by Trish MacCurrach. The Narrow Road by the Riding Lights Theatre Company, St Andrew’s Presteigne 10 Apr)
Fascinating Talk by Renowned Stained Glass Artist Caroline Swash
On 22nd June, The Friends of St Thomas à Becket Church, Huntington
held their third event of the year, a talk by stained glass artist Caroline Swash.
To a full church Caroline, who has created stained glass windows for Gloucester, Salisbury and Portsmouth Cathedrals, gave the sold out audience a fascinating insight into the life and work of her father and grandfather, Edward and Henry Payne. Both men were talented artist-craftsmen who produced art works in many media but became most famous for their creations in stained glass. They were members of the Birmingham Group of Artists and had close links to the arts and crafts movement. .
The windows of St Thomas à Becket Church were a father, son collaboration and among their finest work. The two artists had very different styles, Henry was more architectural with windows designed to illustrate the glory and splendour of biblical characters and stories. Edward was more empathetic, egalitarian and attended closely to evoking the humanity of his subject matter. His humour and love of animals were combined to portray some lively and quirky squirrels and rabbits at the foot of one of the windows in the church, otherwise designed by his father, depicting Christ teaching his disciples.
The combination of styles, their harmonies and rivalries, has produced a unique and treasured legacy for St Thomas à Becket Church which following Caroline’s talk, the audience appreciated all the more.
After the talk, the audience enjoyed wine and canapés in the grounds of
Huntington Court, home to William and Fiona Shone.
Photo by Bev Perrin