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1 DAILY SERVICES AT GLOUCESTER CATHEDRAL SUNDAY 7.40am Morning Prayer (said) 8.00am Holy Communion 10.15am Sung Eucharist with Children s Church 3.00pm Choral Evensong MARCH 2016 NEWS 8.00am 8.30am 12.30pm 5.30pm MONDAY - SATURDAY Holy Communion Morning Prayer (said) Holy Communion Choral Evensong (said Evening Prayer on Mondays) (4.30pm on Saturdays) See our website for details of services and any changes or closures. A Gift Aid scheme operates at the Cathedral, which allows the Chapter to claim back 25p per 1 for donations. Many of you do so already, and we are grateful, but if you are a visitor who pays Income Tax in the UK, you could make your donation go further by doing this. There is a Donorpoint at the West end of the Cathedral where you can use your credit card to give a donation, and this can be giftaided as well Printed by Perpetua Press, 20 Culver Street, Newent, Glos. GL18 1DA Tel:

2 Gloucester Cathedral News Mission Statement: We aim to produce a Christian magazine which is widely accessible and which informs, involves and inspires its readers. Cathedral Chapter Dean: The Very Reverend Stephen Lake The Editorial Team consists of: Richard Cann, Sandie Conway, Pat Foster, Barrie Glover, Stephen Lake, Paul Ross, Christopher and Maureen Smith. Editor: Maureen Smith The next Editorial meeting is on Canons: Nikki Arthy Dr Andrew Braddock Jackie Searle Celia Thomson Lay Canons: John Coates Paul Mason Dame Janet Trotter "We are happy to receive articles, handwritten or typed. We regret that, due to the limited space available, and to enable us to continue to produce a lively, varied and informative magazine, we can normally only accept articles of 400 words or less. Articles over 400 words will only be accepted at the Editor s discretion. Chief Operations Officer: Emily Shepherd The Cathedral Office, 12 College Green, Gloucester GL1 2LX Telephone: The Clergy may be contacted through the Cathedral Office at the above address and telephone number. Gloucester Cathedral News Subscriptions A year s postal subscription for 10 copies of Gloucester Cathedral News may be obtained by cash or cheque for 12 made payable to The Chapter of Gloucester Cathedral and sent to the Cathedral Office at the above address. The Editor reserves the right to alter articles as necessary, without losing the general sense. Contributions can be ed to: or you can leave them at the Cathedral Office at the address given at the front of this booklet. You may also Maureen Smith direct: Disclaimer: We try very hard to make sure details are correct before going to print, but things can change! Please check with the Cathedral Office and the notice board. Please note that articles do not represent the opinions of the Chapter, the Church of England or the editor - only the writer! The Editor for April is Maureen Smith. The deadline is the 5th March 2 31

3 Sat pm The Liturgy of Easter Eve. EASTER DAY Sun am The Eucharist for Easter Day. 3.00pm Evensong with procession to the Garth. Mon pm Bank Holiday Lunchtime Organ Recital by Peter Stevens, Assistant Master of Music, Westminster Cathedral. April looking ahead.. Sat am Informal Lunchtime Concert by Wide Valley Singers Ladies Choir. Sat 9 Cathedral Library Tours - 11am 12 noon, 2pm 3pm Sat am Come and Sing - Mozart s Requiem am Coffee Concert. The Four Seasons String Quartet. Wed pm Organ Recital - David Briggs. Celebrating the 350th anniversary of the building of the Cathedral organ case. Thu pm Henry III The Boy King. Talk by Tom Porter. (see page Wed pm Shakespeare s Henry V. Presented by Antic Disposition. CONTENTS Page Lead Article Bishop Rachel 4 The Way of the Cross Rachel Murray 6 God s Friday Maureen Smith 7 History of the Easter Egg Maureen Smith 8 Gool Peran Lowen! Maureen Smith 10 Walking with Cancer Annabel Hayter 12 Journey Through Lent Holy Week and Easter at Gloucester Cathedral Around the Community 18 Gloucester Cathedral Ramblers Peter Barrett 19 Centenary of the World War I series: Captain Charles Hamilton Sorley Barrie Glover 22 Gloucester Industries series: Roberts Brothers Games George Marchant 24 Jottings from the West End Humph n Harry 27 Diary of special services and events 29 Please consider a voluntary donation of 1 to help cover the cost of this magazine 30 3

4 March special services and events: Tue pm Lent: Sip and Study. Wed am Lent: Dust and Glory. 7.30pm Lent: Christianity Explored. (See page 15). Fri 4 12 noon Lent Lunch. Lysons Hall, Hempsted. (See page 15). Sat am Lent prayers: St Mary de Lode. (See page 15) am Come and Sing - Verdi Requiem. (See page 28). Title pending One of the privileges of being the Bishop of Gloucester is to live in the shadow of our extraordinary and beautiful Cathedral. Every morning I pull back the curtains and look out at the Cathedral tower, and each time I am moved to give thanks to God. For just as this Cathedral has stood here for centuries, so our unchanging God has been constant in faithfulness to each of us amidst all the changes and chances of this fleeting world. During these first few months, I have set aside time to visit each of the Diocese s nine deaneries. As well as meeting clergy in their dayto-day context, I have also been speaking at large gatherings, meeting civic leaders, visiting schools, and having conversations in numerous places such as pubs and coffee shops. In all of this I have seen the breadth of this diverse diocese and continue to give thanks for the gift of being here. Of course, there have been numerous challenges, as well as wonderful moments of celebration, and the most poignant of personal encounters. And in all the ups and downs of this, coupled with an unending schedule of meetings, events and services, I have felt in an ever deeper and richer way the constancy of God's love and faithfulness. So when I come to the end of the day I look at the tower once more, lit up against the night sky, and again give thanks to God. As I reflect on the Cathedral, and the metaphor it offers, I give thanks for our wonderful team of stonemasons for their great skill and creativity which they use to mend and renew so that this church continues to reflect the glory of God as it has for hundreds of years. 4 Sun pm Compline sung by the Cathedral Lay Clerks. Mon pm Meditation for Beginners. (See page 14). Tue pm Lent: Sip and Study. (See page 14). Wed am Lent: Dust and Glory. (See page 14). 7.30pm Lent: Christianity Explored. (See page 15). Fri noon Lent Lunch, Lysons Hall, Hempsted.(See page 15). 8.15pm St Matthew Passion. Sat am FEIG Brunch and Bounce am Lent prayers: St Mary de Lode. (See page 15). Wed am Lent: Dust and Glory. (See page 14). 7.30pm Lent: Christianity Explored. (See page 15). Sat am Coffee Concert. Sam Mitchell on piano and an Instrumental Soloist to be confirmed. 7.00pm GCS Concert. Sun pm Compline sung by the Cathedral Lay Clerks. Mon am Meditation for Beginners. (See page 14). Tue pm Lent: Sip and Study. (See page 14). Wed am Lent: Dust and Glory. (See page 14). Thu 24 Fri am 7.30pm 10.00am 1.30pm 7.00pm MAUNDY THURSDAY Diocesan Eucharist with the Blessing of Oils. Last Supper Eucharist and vigil. GOOD FRIDAY The Way of the Cross. The Liturgy of Good Friday Bach St John Passion. 29

5 been in lockdown in his study for days, while his brother has found a little light relief in tuning the harmonium and playing the Marseillaise - LOUDLY. Aux armes, citoyens is a rousing call to Spring Cleaning and he always signs off with a spirited rendering of Cwm Rhondda - Bread of Heaven and pikelets! Red Nose Day, the Gold Cup and EGGS lie ahead. Mr. H is planning a delicious simnel cake and will keep it under close supervision until Easter Day. Last year, he didn t and by the time that he got to it there was very little left. This year, the egg hunt will be for chocolate rabbits just to fool the gulls, who have a very unhealthy interest in other people s Easter eggs. We are delighted to welcome Canon Stephen Bowen and Margaret, his wife. It is lovely to have them with us. Dear Archie Mitchell has left us for higher things and we remember him with huge affection. And yet God s changelessness is different from that of a static stone building. God is alive and continually makes all things new. And so it is that during Lent, we walk with Jesus Christ to the pain of the cross. We encounter places of anguish, suffering and death; but we dare to keep walking, knowing that we will reach the garden where the tomb will stand empty. And then once again, we will proclaim on Easter morning that Jesus Christ is risen! Throughout our Lent journey may our magnificent stone Cathedral continue to give us a glimpse of the God of glory whose love and faithfulness are unchanging no matter what we experience in this life, and whose love for each one of us, as revealed in Jesus Christ, is both intimate and permanent to the end. I wish you all a blessed Lent and a joyous Easter when it comes. So carpe diem and bring on the eggs! May you all have a truly blessed and happy Easter and may all your eggs be BIG ones, even if some of them could turn out to be rabbits! Salutations from us to you. A very, very Happy Easter. All the best, as ever, Humph n Harry. (Courtesy of Sylvia Coppen Gardner). *********************************** Lord Jesus Christ, you are the way, the truth and the life. and by your triumphant death on the cross you gave these words their full meaning. Your way is not to leave us to struggle on by ourselves but to share with us all the love and resources of God. Your truth is not limited to the sum of human knowledge, but is the truth of God s purpose for all things. Your life is not confined by birth or death, but is everlasting beyond even time and space, and this present life you share with us. Amen. From Prayers for the Church Community - compiled by Roy Chapman and Donald Hilton. 28 5

6 The Way of the Cross 2016 This Good Friday there is a unique opportunity to join Jesus in his final hours, from sentencing by Pilate to his death on the cross enacted by people from Gloucester s city churches. The events of Good Friday did not take place behind closed doors, inside a building. They happened on the streets and it is important that we bear witness to this. In a world where Christians are increasingly persecuted for their faith, the brutal, stark, immediacy of Jesus final journey to Calvary is something we need to be reminded of and remind people about. Before we reach the eggs and chocolate and bunnies, there is blood, pain, sacrifice, suffering but most importantly, love. Good Friday is also about encounter. Jesus had all sorts of encounters on his way to the place of Crucifixion, good, bad, violent and heart rending, just as we have in our own lives and we can learn from his meetings with Pilate, the Roman soldiers, his mother, Simon of Cyrene and John. This is going to be a powerful piece of theatre, both to participate in and watch. You will be part of the crowd. The cast will be among you as you move from station to station. We really need you to come and watch it. To support your community, to walk with Jesus on his last and lonely frightful journey, to make this an essential part of your Good Friday observance. Join us at the Cathedral Gates at 10am this Good Friday. 6 Jottings from the West End: Greetings from us Corbels, Humph n Harry As the hymn says, and we ve forgotten the number. When candles are lighted on Candlemas Day The dark is behind us, and Spring s on its way or is it? With Christmas, Epiphany, Saint Valentine s Day and Ash Wednesday in the past and with Easter ahead and so early, we are in a right old muddle and Shrove Tuesday was a disaster! Humph duly tossed his pancake, missed the ceiling and hit Mr. H fairly (?) and squarely on the head. Hot pancake draped over one s ear, a splodge in the eye and pancake all over one is very unfunny. Poor Mr H. had to be given a good scrub, followed by a soothing draught of hot catnip and ginger together with a profound apology and a pile of pancakes, which he had to toss himself! All very unfortunate. Humph admitted that his mind was elsewhere and are we surprised? He has never cared for any form of domesticity and, apparently, was having a think about Chelsea and the Royal Enclosure at Ascot. Mr. H was not impressed or even very interested. He prefers Malvern and is hoping to take a flag and go and see the Queen on her birthday and has been planning a card for her. Humph had to apologise again and suggested that pikelets dripping in Marmite might be acceptable in Lent and what about an evening watching Dad s Army? Pancakes apart, we ve been BUSY. Humph had a streaming cold and shifted a mountain of Kleenex and you could have heard him coughing in Tewkesbury! Mr. H mislaid his earplugs, so sleepless nights have been had by one and all and he had to stand in for Humph while CCHQ has been on very high alert. Even the drone was finding it a bit much and we had to have some reinforcement. Bird Watch Drone 2 reported an advance party of you know who s surveying the Lady Chapel, together with a posse of very unpleasant magpies, so we re ready. Humph had a superb new book on Saint Augustine for Lent and has 27

7 the Queen - so we are including sparkling wine and canapés to start the evening with a loyal toast! The doors of the Chapter House will open at 6.30pm and the talk begins at 7.30pm. Tickets are 12 and are available until 7 April from the Friends' Office or go to the website We are grateful again for the sponsorship of this event by WSP Solicitors. This lecture is organised by the Friends of Gloucester Cathedral and is open to everyone. Latin Courses at Gloucester Cathedral God s Friday As early as the first century, the Church set aside every Friday as a special day of prayer and fasting. It was not until the fourth century, however, that the Church began observing the Friday before Easter as the day associated with the crucifixion of Christ. First called Holy or Great Friday by the Greek Church, the name "Good Friday" was adopted by the Roman Church around the sixth or seventh century. Good Friday Origins There are two possible origins for the name "Good Friday". The first may have come from the Gallican Church in Gaul (modern-day France and Germany). The name "Gute Freitag" is Germanic in origin and literally means "good" or "holy" Friday. The second possibility is a variation on the name "God's Friday," where the word "good" was used to replace the word "God," which was often viewed as too holy to be spoken aloud. LATIN FOR BEGINNERS Saturday 9 th April Gloucester Cathedral is hosting a one-day Latin course for beginners on Saturday 9th April The course is led by George Sharpley, Latin teacher and author. The course looks at the Latin language, the Latin origins of English words, and the ancient writers themselves. You can also hear some of their Latin read aloud. READING LATIN POEMS Sunday 10 th April On the following day George Sharpley is leading another day-course in the same venue, this one looking more closely at the poetry of Virgil, Horace, Ovid and others. During this course you will discover how to read the Latin of these great poets a miracle of sound! More details and enrolment: The LATIN QVARTER T: Come & Sing VERDI REQUIEM Gloucester Cathedral Saturday 5th March am culminating in a performance at 3.30pm. Musical Director Adrian Partington with young professional soloists and Jonathan Hope accompanying. Everyone welcome no audition required! Tickets 25 from or to include provision of music, sandwich lunch, coffee and tea Charity number

8 The History of the Easter Egg The practice of decorating eggshells predates Christianity. 60,000 year old Ostrich eggs with engraved decoration have been found in Africa. Decorated ostrich eggs, and representations of them reproduced in gold and silver, were commonly placed in graves of the ancient Sumerians and Egyptians 5,000 years ago. The Christian custom of the Easter egg dates back to the early Christians of Mesopotamia who stained eggs red in memory of the blood of Christ. The Christian Church eventually adopted the custom, regarding the eggs as a symbol of the resurrection. The first edition of the Roman Ritual, published in 1610, contains Easter Blessings for food and, along with those for lamb, bread, and new produce, is the following blessing for eggs: Lord, let the grace of your blessing + come upon these eggs, that they be healthful food for your faithful who eat them in thanksgiving for the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you forever and ever. The Easter egg tradition may also have merged into end of the Lenten fast. Historically, all household's eggs had to be used up before Lent began during which time it was forbidden to eat them. Since chickens naturally continued to lay eggs during the Lenten period, there would be a large surplus at the end of it. These would need to be eaten quickly before they spoiled. While the origin of Easter eggs can be explained in the symbolic terms described above, among followers of Eastern Christianity the legend says that Mary Magdalene was bringing cooked eggs to share with the other women at the tomb of Jesus, and the eggs in her basket miraculously turned bright red when she saw the risen Christ. A different, but not necessarily conflicting legend concerns Mary Magdalene's efforts to spread the Gospel. According to this tradition, after the Ascension of Jesus, Mary went to the Emperor of Rome and greeted him with "Christ has risen," whereupon he pointed to an egg granddaughter of Harry Roberts. George Marchant Main Source: Games Makers to the Empire: Roberts Brothers of Gloucester by Malcolm J Watkins (available in the library at Gloucestershire Archives). Editor s Note: Does anyone have stories of Roberts Brothers or of the Roberts family? Commemoration of Henry III's Coronation - a talk by Tim Porter In October 1216 King John died unexpectedly. The year before he had signed and then repudiated Magna Carta and he was now at war with rebel-barons and an invading French army. Against this perilous background his son, Henry, a boy aged nine was brought to Gloucester and crowned at St Peter's Abbey. 800 years later Gloucester Cathedral will be commemorating this unique event - no other King of England has been crowned anywhere but Westminster Abbey since 1066! The Friends' Lecture, Henry III - the Boy King, on 21st April will set the scene for this significant year in the Cathedral's history. Our speaker, Tim Porter describes himself as an "itinerant lecturer" and he travels all over the Cotswolds and beyond talking about medieval England. He comes to us in April after enlightening an audience at Oxford's Ashmolean Museum on the same subject. When we picked the date we realised there would be another significant celebration that day - the 90th birthday of Her Majesty 8 25

9 Gloucester Industries of the Past series: Roberts Brothers Games Did you know that one of the largest manufacturers of family games in Britain used to be based in Gloucester? Roberts Brothers used to produce Snakes and Ladders, Ludo, Snap, Happy Families and many others. on his table and stated, "Christ has no more risen than that egg is red." After making this statement it is said the egg immediately turned blood red. Maureen Smith. Source: Wikipedia This all began around 1890, when Harry Owen Roberts introduced a simple party game to amuse a Sunday school class that he taught. He and his brother John Owen Roberts reportedly started to produce a small range of games on a kitchen table. They moved into progressively larger workshops and in 1902 moved to a two acre site in Upton Street, Tredworth. This was called the Glevum Works and was a model factory for its time, with around 150 employees, who were provided with their own sports field. Glevum was a trademark for the company and its logo was a profile of a Roman soldier. ******************************************************************************* Each year 80 million easter eggs are sold in the UK alone. In 2007, an Easter egg covered in diamonds sold for almost 9 million. Every hour, a cockerel made of jewels pops up from the top of the Faberge egg, flaps its wings four times, nods its head three times and makes a crowing noise. The gold-and-pink enamel egg was made by the Russian royal family as an engagement gift for French aristocrat Baron Edouard de Rothschild. The company flourished until World War Two and marketed some 2,000 products including parlour games, outdoor games, children s furniture and toys. There were around 500 employees in the 1930s, rising to 750 in the busy months before Christmas, when they worked from 7.30 am to 9.00 pm. Many employees were young ladies, known locally as Roberts Dollies, who undertook such delicate tasks as putting spots on dominoes. Employees talked of a family firm with a good atmosphere. John Roberts was some seven times Mayor and nine times Sheriff of Gloucester and was made a Freeman of the City. During World War Two, the Glevum works was requisitioned and used by Dowty Rotol to make aircraft propellers. The company returned afterwards but various difficulties prevented it from reestablishing its former glory. There were now only a few hundred products and around 200 employees. In 1954, the firm was taken over by Chad Valley and the works closed in Ironically, employees remember being told of the closure by Kenneth Horne, the radio comedian, who was also group chairman of Chad Valley. The site is still called Glevum Works but is now an industrial estate. Interestingly, Diana Feilden, remembered by many readers, was a 24 ******************************************************************************* Stock for Easter at the shop - Cathedral Gift Shop lots of lovely cards including new, hand-made fair trade cards (these are gorgeous!). Fair trade hand painted decorations & boxes - rabbits, eggs, chickens & beautiful little wooden crosses. The Real Easter egg as always. Fair trade capiz shell crosses, doves & angels. Coming soon 'Lick the spoon' very posh Bishop Easter egg! Lots of childrens Easter story books. 9

10 *Gool Peran Lowen! Piran, or Peran, the Patron Saint of Cornwall, is certainly one of the more obscure saints. Legend says that he was born in Ireland and that he returned there after studying the scriptures in Rome and was made a Bishop. He apparently performed numerous miracles, including bringing soldiers killed in battle back to life. The Irish Kings were suspicious of his miraculous powers, however, and threw him into the sea with a millstone around his neck. Piran survived, finally arriving at Perranporth in Cornwall where he subsequently built an oratory among the sand dunes to promote Christianity. People came from miles around to hear him preach there. According to legend, though, his first disciples were said to be a badger, a fox and a bear! The oratory is now preserved at Perran Sands, and continues to be a place of pilgrimage for hundreds of people. On St Piran s day itself a play about his life is reinacted there. briefly arrested - the Holt's comment is that his feelings must have been in turmoil. But back in England he joined the Officers' Training Corps, and was sent to France. In April 1915 Sorley was at Acquin with his battalion and then at Nieppe, and in one of his letters he wrote: "In four-score hours we shall pull up our braces and fight...and I shall march hotly to the firing line, by turn, critic, actor, hero, coward, and soldier of fortune." After moving around between France and Belgium, and writing home to his parents, his unit was at Loos - a pre-war industrial area - where the British used gas for the first time, which blew back on them. On 13 th October his company commander was severely wounded, and he was charged with securing the defences, but the Germans opened with heavy machine-gun fire and he was hit in the head and died instantly. Earth shall rejoice and blossom too/when the bullet reaches you..his body was lost in subsequent heavy fighting. John Masefield, the Poet Laureate, wrote of him "he might have become our greatest dramatist since Shakespeare. He was 21 years old. Barrie Glover. With grateful acknowledgments to Poets of the Great War. Toni & Valmai Holt, Pen & Sword, Piran is also famous for discovering tin, albeit accidental. This occurred when a black stone on his fireplace got so hot that a white liquid leaked out; the first tin smelting. Tin mining subsequently became a major industry in Cornwall, and Piran was adopted as the Patron Saint of Tinners. The Cornish Flag, the Flag Of St Piran, (a white cross on a black background) represents white tin flowing from the black ore. St Piran was apparently very fond of the odd tipple or two and it is said that he met his end falling down a well. Perhaps having drunk a little too much? But he d had a very good innings; he is said to have been aged 206 at the time of his death. The actual date of his death is unknown, although Wikepedia suggests was c408 AD

11 CENTENARY OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR SERIES: Captain Charles Hamilton Sorley Toni and Valmai Holt rank high in the company of the (still increasing) number of those who have researched and written knowledgeably about "The War to End Wars". Among their many strengths is that they identify those who are less well known but still rank among the distinguished poets of the conflict. The following is extracted from their book Poets of the Great War (Pen & Sword, 2013). Charles Hamilton Sorley was born in May 1895 into what might be called an upper middle class family. One of three children he inherited his parents' pride in being of Scottish extraction - the name Sorley meaning wanderer on Gaellic. His education was at Marlborough College and Oxford University, and in early 1914 he went to Germany to perfect his grasp of the language: he enjoyed those of his own generation there with whom he spent much of his time. However, he also noticed and disliked the anti-semitic behaviour of some of the officer corps. Charles' ear for poetry developed early: he was sometimes bored by his studies and he developed a social conscience. A comment on study at Marlborough is his verse O come and see, it's such a sight, So many boys all doing right: To see them underneath the yoke, Blindfolded by the older folk, Move at a most impressive rate Along the way that is called straight. His reaction to one of the things he saw in Germany was: And is there still a Folly called the corps/allowed out twice a week and thinking then/it's learning how to kill its fellow-men? In the last week of July 1914 he was on a walking holiday in the Trier area when his father wrote and called him home because of the deteriorating international situation, and on his way back he was 22 If you wish to raise a glass to St Piran, his Feast Day is celebrated on 5th March! * Cornish for - Happy Saint Pirin s Day. 11 Maureen Smith Sources: Piran and Wikipedia. Images taken from Piran ******************************************* CATHEDRAL BOOK CLUB: March - September 2016 The Book Club meets on the 3 rd Monday of the month (usually) at 3 Miller s Green. All are welcome. MARCH 2016 Book: The Book of Negroes Lawrence Hill Monday 21 st March 2 pm 3 Miller s Green APRIL 2016 Book: A Man called Ove Fredrik Backman Monday 18 th April 2 pm 3 Miller s Green MAY 2016 Book: The Sunrise Victoria Hislop Monday 16 th May 2 pm 3 Miller s Green JUNE 2016 Book: Changing Places David Lodge Monday 20 th June JULY 2016 Monday 18 th July 2 pm 3 Miller s Green Book: The Love Story of Miss Queenie Hennessy 2 pm 3 Miller s Green Rachel Joyce SEPTEMBER 2016 Book: The Road to Wigan Pier George Orwell Monday 19 th September 2 pm 3 Miller s Green All these titles have been suggested by members of the Book Club.

12 Walking with cancer - Annabel Hayter There is nothing in the world that prepares you for any bad news, but in my case there was a definite 'out of body' experience when I was being given the news. Both George and I felt that they were not talking about me, it was someone else. Then slowly, very slowly, the light dawned, it was me and we were able to absorb the news. We had forewarned the family and when we confirmed the news they were amazing and couldn't do enough to help us. From gardening, cooking, joking coming to the chemo sessions and most important making us laugh a lot. I knew that I wasn't going to turn my back on the terminal cancer but it was going to have to learn to live with me. Very occasional over the last two years it has nearly got the better of me, but back in its box it was put, and with family and friends support, prayers, encouragement and the amazing doctors, I pulled through. Most important is to have absolute faith in your medical team. They have all the knowledge at their finger tips. This is probably where I missed George most after he died as he was always the one asking the enquiring questions and taking a huge interest in what each drug would do. My Oncologist revelled in their discussions. Another thing I was adamant about was that we would not make a secret of my having terminal cancer. I set up groups so that I could send updates. This worked well in several ways. I could communicate with friends when I felt strong enough. Their responses of encouragement, support and, most important, their prayers was truly uplifting and kept us all going. We did not have to make copious phone calls which can be exhausting. Also it was amazing the advice that flowed in, all so helpful. Gloucester Cathedral Ramblers 2016 Programme This year's programme for Gloucester Cathedral Ramblers includes sections of the moderately challenging Wysis Way from Monmouth to Kemble, interspersed with much easier, shorter walks of four to five miles over flat terrain. The Wysis Way runs from the Wye in Monmouth to the Isis near Kemble, effectively linking Offa's Dyke Path with the Thames Path. It is some 55 miles long and runs through the Forest of Dean, over Plump Hill and May Hill, through the Vale of Leadon and the Severn Vale (including Gloucester City), climbs Painswick Beacon and then runs through the Cotswolds to Kemble. The maximum height achieved is 974 feet above mean sea level (May Hill) and the total height climbed over the length of the Wysis Way is some 7,257 feet. It is intended that the short walks will be based on the canals in the Stroud Valley. The next two walks will take place on Saturday 5 March and Saturday 16 April, and new ramblers would be most welcome. Please Peter Barrett at for details of the walks. It's hard to believe that it is now nearly two years since that very worrying moment I knew there was something wrong as I had my shower that fateful morning. Yes of course there have been copious tears, but I've never asked the question 'why me'? Cancer can strike anyone at anytime. We've heard recently of a number of famous people who have died of cancer but there are hundreds of thousands of ordinary people who have died and left families behind and in 12 21

13 In 1956 Archie married Ann, and two years later his much loved son, John, was born. Unfortunately Archie s relationship with Ann foundered in the 1970 s. In 1981 he married Sandra and moved to Abbeydale. It was during this period that Archie became more involved in the Cathedral. He was made a Steward in 1977, and Head Steward from 1984 to The Cathedral and its community meant an enormous amount to Archie and he was delighted to be one of the recipients of the Maundy money when Her Majesty the Queen visited Gloucester on Maundy Thursday He was also invited to a Buckingham Palace Garden Party, which thrilled him. Archie loved dogs walking miles with Sam, Katie and Ben. He often took Ben with him to visit friends in Woodstock Lodge, little knowing that Alzheimer s would strike him and that he would be cared for there in his last years. One of his passions in later life was watching garden, and other birds, so it was no surprise when he decided to take charge of feeding the birds at Woodstock. Despite his illness, Archie made many friends in Woodstock, both with the residents and the devoted staff; in the latter days he generally welcomed any visitors, almost always with a smile or cheeky grin. Until he became too ill, he was brought to the Sunday Eucharist here by Chris and Lascelles, so was still part of our worshipping life. So now we gather to say goodbye to Archie, looking back over his life with thanksgiving, and rejoicing for him that his labour in the Lord cannot be lost as he moves through the gateway of death. He trusted in God s promises made in Jesus Christ, worshipping here faithfully for so many years, and now his mortality will be clothed with immortality. All of us who knew him are sad to see him go, but we too are people of hope and can echo the words of St Paul: God be praised, he gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Celia Thomson. Gods eyes they are just as important. Over the two years I don't know how many times I've heard myself saying, God never gives you more than you can cope with'. I do truly believe this after all the Hayter family have been given to cope with over the last two years. It has made us stronger with God s love and the tremendous love and support of so many many people. I would finish this by saying don't turn your back on cancer turn and face it, talk about it and you will find all the help you need. I am definitely giving my inflammatory breast cancer a run for its money and it's got to run very fast to catch me. Finally do please support Cancer Research UK as much as you can. It is the drugs that have been researched over the last ten or so years that are keeping me and thousands of other people alive today. *************************** The LORD watches over you the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all harm he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and for evermore. Psalm 121 vv 5-8 Annabel Hayter

14 Journey Through Lent With Gloucester Cathedral and the Parish of Hempsted with St Mary de Lode and St Mary de Crypt, Gloucester. Meditation for Beginners Mondays in Lent 1.05pm to 1.25pm 15, 22, 29 February, 7, 14, 21 March Cathedral Lady Chapel The practice of mindfulness is growing and more and more people are interested in it. This is an opportunity to explore and experience the ancient Christian tradition of meditation and its use of stillness and silence. Sip & Study Tuesdays in Lent 2.30pm to 4pm 16, 23 February, 1, 8, 15, 22 March Come to Robert Raikes House in Southgate Street, grab a cuppa and join us for some informal Bible Study. We ll use an adapted form of Lectio Divina to explore the coming Sunday morning s Gospel reading. All welcome. Dust and Glory Wednesdays in Lent at 11am An opportunity to discuss and to reflect together on David Runcorn s new Lent book Dust and Glory. Bishop Rachel writes: The path from Ash Wednesday to Easter Day is one in which our frail humanity is met by God s immense love and grace. Questions continually rise within us and this book invites us to discover more of Self and God as we seek to live authentic lives as followers of Christ. 17th February, 2nd and 16th March at St Mary de Lode Church, GL1 2QT. 24 February, 9th and 23rd March - Lysons Hall, Hempsted, GL2 5LH. Join us, if you wish, for the Eucharist in either St Mary de Lode or St Swithun s, Hempsted at 10.15am or simply come along for coffee at 10.45am with group discussion 11am-12noon. The book is available through the Cathedral shop or the parish office 14 Tribute to Archie Mitchell (From the address given by Celia Thomson at Archie s funeral on Thursday 11th February 2016 at 2pm) It s so entirely fitting that we gather here in the place that Archie loved so much and which he served so faithfully for so many years. When I first arrived here he was in good health and very active this applied to his quirky sense of humour too! No-one would have wished his final years of life to be as they were, as his illness took over, but we will all want to remember him when he was healthy and active and to give thanks for all that was good in his long life. Archie was born in 1924, but early in his life his family unit broke down, and he went to live with his Grand-parents, worshipping at St Paul and St Peters in Stroud Road. He sang in the choir there, and became an Altar boy, occasionally in charge of the incense burner, joking that he would take careful aim as he progressed down the Nave On leaving school, Archie was apprenticed to The Miller Cine Co Ltd making small press tools, particularly, items needed in the manufacture of cine cameras. When war broke out, the company was involved with the Ministry of Aircraft Production, and Archie s skills were very much in demand. Also, being too young to enlist, he joined the Gloucester Fire-Watch team, spending many hours in the Cathedral Tower watching for fire bombs that may be dropped on the city. When he was old enough, he joined the Royal Navy, progressing fairly quickly as a Petty Officer - Engine Room Artificer - mostly serving in the Mediterranean, in Algerine class minesweepers. He was demobbed in 1947 and went back to The Miller Cine Company, but left in 1950 to move to Johnsons, an office equipment firm in Gloucester, where he became an able type-writer mechanic. Whilst at Johnsons, Archie s love of sport was rekindled. He played hockey and cricket for Newent, as well as tennis, darts, skittles and badminton at various venues. He also worked on his dance floor techniques and had many stories of him and the lads from the Newent hockey club clambering into vehicles of varied repute and reliability to venture as far as Bristol to go to Dance Halls! 19

15 In Memoriam: It was with great sorrow that we heard of the recent death of Archie Mitchell. He was for many years a faithful member of the Cathedral community and will be sadly missed by us all. We extend our deepest sympathy to Archie s son John and all Archie s family and friends. Archie s funeral took place at Gloucester Cathedral on Thursday 11th February. An edited version of the Funeral Address given by Celia Thomson is published on the following two pages. A full copy can be obtained from Maureen Smith, Editor, Gloucester Cathedral News. ***************************************** Welcome! On Sunday 31st January we were delighted to welcome two new members to the Servers Team, namely Lucy and Ruth, (pictured right). Around the Community Christianity Explored Wednesday evenings. 7.30pm-9.00pm 17 February, 24 February, 2 March, 9 March, 16 March Cathedral Chapter House An opportunity to explore the heart of Christian belief and practice through Scripture and art. Ideal for anyone wanting to think afresh about the life and meaning of Jesus, or keen to revisit the basics of the Christian faith. Led by Canon Andrew Braddock Friday Lent Lunches 12 noon- 1.30pm 12, 19, 26 February, 4, 11, 18 March Lysons Hall, St Swithun s Road, Hempsted GL2 5LH Join us for a simple charity lunch. Saturday Lent Prayers 10.00am-10.30am 13, 20, 27 February, 5, March St Mary de Lode Church, St Mary s Square, Gloucester GL1 2QT An opportunity to pray together during Lent Lent Reflection on Facebook A short reflection for each day of Lent on the Cathedral s Facebook page. It s lovely to have you on the Team girls and we hope to see you at lots of service in the future! 18 15

16 Holy Week and Easter at Gloucester Cathedral th March PALM SUNDAY 10.15am The Eucharist with the Blessing of the Palms and the Singing of The Passion starting at St Mary de Lode Church 5.00pm The Lay Clerks perform a special Compline service in the Lady Chapel. **** 24th March MAUNDY THURSDAY 7.30pm The Eucharist of the Last Supper with Vigil until midnight 'Do this in remembrance of me'. We wait with Jesus and follow his command of love. *** 25th March GOOD FRIDAY 10.00am The Way of the Cross. A dramatic presentation through the streets of Gloucester. Gather at the Cathedral. (See page 6). 12noon pm A service mirroring Jesus last 3 hours on the Cross The Preaching of the Passion with The Right Reverend Christopher Hill 1.30pm pm The Liturgy of Good Friday 26th March EASTER EVE 8.30pm The Liturgy of Easter Eve 'On this night, life stirs in the tomb, and light is reborn This service will be sung by the Cathedral Youth Choir. *** 27th EASTER DAY 7.40am Morning prayer (said). Lift your spirits for the day by joining us for a short service of intimate prayer. 8.00am Holy Communion. Join us in the breaking of bread and sharing of wine in Jesus' name am Eucharist for Easter Sunday. Jesus is Risen, and we are set free. The service will be sung by the Cathedral choir and the Cathedral Youth Choir. There will be an Easter Egg Hunt for the children in the Cloisters 3.00 pm Festal Evensong with Procession to the Cloister Garth Come and join us for one of our oldest and richest traditions. Intimate worship and beautiful music for all

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