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Christmas letter 2016

Dear Everyone,
I hope that the last year has gone well for you. It has certainly had plenty of variety in it from my point of view!
In January, there was a rights-of-way dispute with a property owner who had extended his fencing to include land which had been considered by local people for a long period to have public rights of way. As someone who used this path everyday to get my newspaper, I attended rather reluctantly, a public enquiry where I found myself a key witness into its public use. Our appeal was successful.
Early in the summer, I was involved in my role as chaplain to the city division, Nottinghamshire police, in the closure of the old central police station-a large building of ‘art deco’ style. In its day,it has been a prestigious building, with a large Command suite. It was unique for all kinds of reasons. Nottingham city police were the first force in the country to have radio telephones in their police cars.In pre-war police days men and men only were recruited who were over six foot tall into the force. Even today there are still many retired officers around, who are unusually tall-noticeable particularly at retired police officer’s funerals! How much however policing has changed in recent years, and the new police station inside is an extremely attractive, efficiently heated, and ‘well-planned- out’ building.(see http://www.nottinghampost.com/8216-memories-nottingham-central-police-station/story-28835995-detail/story.html )
Simon and I had a great holiday in Spain in Andalusia visiting Seville, Cordoba, and many other places like the Alhambra and Alcatraz. The architecture was fascinating, and I couldn’t help thinking how much Pauline would have enjoyed this visit, with its Moorish history, bits about Isabella of Spain, Christopher Columbus, and all the wonderful gardens, and I know how much Pauline was in the back of our minds, as we went down to Anna and Jeff’s a few days later to celebrate Anna’s fiftieth birthday. We Also celebrated one of Berwyn’s ‘lesser significant’ birthdays at the same time- and for our main meal a Chinese takeaway. (By special requests from the grandchildren, but enjoyed by all.) And a birthday cake made by Elizabeth.
On the church front, we have a new minister who is settling in very well . His name is The Revd. Moses Agyam, together with his wife, Diana, and their young daughter Philothea. He has lived in this country since he was 16, and the family are making themselves very much at home with us all.
At the end of November, I had to go into hospital to have a small growth removed from my right lung , this was successfully done by keyhole surgery. I seem to be making good progress but I shall have to be taking things quite slowly for the next few weeks and months. This applies especially to visiting three dementia care homes- we’ve had to curtail quite a bit of what we’re doing for the time being. It has also meant the curtailing of many things that for me are all part of Christmas !
Simon, Anna and Jeff, and Elizabeth and Berwyn are getting on fine. They have all been extremely supportive during the last few weeks-and the grandchildren Osian, Elin and Iwan are all continuing to explore many sports and new activities. Just now, Iwan is now in the exams stage.
I would like to wish you all:

A Happy Christmas, and a peaceful New Year,

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December letter.

Dear everyone

This time last year, little did I expect that I would find myself just coming out of hospital after an operation. Fortunately all seems to have gone well, it’s surprising what can be done with keyhole surgery!

The first thing that has hit me, has been the way medical teams carry out their extremely skilled tasks.

The work of the surgeons and doctors is central, but a whole team of people are necessary for success. The anaesthetists, the clerks who take great care in recording details, administrators, nursing teams, the assistants who weigh you, take your temperature, your pulse rate, and give the tablets you need, physio and speech therapists, dietitians, those who clean, dust and make beds, chaplains, volunteers who serve drinks, sell papers direct visitors, Hospital visitors, relations and friends. All these roles and many others equally worthy of mention have real purpose. There are many who find great satisfaction and happiness in reaching out towards healing and wholeness for others.

Many today feel we are living in a sick world, and we all need to be sharing in a healing work that needs be done. Although our National Health Service is going through difficult days our hospitals provide inspiring models of how human beings should be working together in the world. Teamwork is needed everywhere where all kinds of people are genuinely valued.

As the Christmas season of goodwill approaches, team work for the common good needs to be embraced globally. May we all be willing to accept it.

With all good wishes and every blessing,


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