Wednesday, 15 December 2010
Sunday, 12 December 2010
We had a service at Sacred Trinity, prepared by young people from St Philip's and St James', Broughton on the theme of light. After a brief introductory liturgy people explored different prayer stations, including this burning bush outside. It was all very good.
Saturday, 11 December 2010
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Apologies that this picture is on it's side. I would put it right but I'm not sure how! Yes that is me wearing tabs that I had to buy at Wippells last Friday. I did look fairly ridiculous but then so did everyone else. Apparently the hood that I paid a tenner for, second hand, is a Manchester Uni MA hood that I am entitled to wear. The academic robe that I borrowed is almost certainly a specific one that I have no right to wear but nobody challenged me! The good thing about General Synod is that it does start with prayer even if there is a bit too much poncing about with it.
Sunday, 31 October 2010
Monday, 25 October 2010
It took several years to build the quadrangle of buildings in very grand neo-classical style. Work started with the East wing in 1823 and finished with the south wing in 1847. The building on the right in this picture is Robert's design. His brother Sydney designed the round reading room in the centre of the quadrangle. The glass roof that makes it the great court was added in 2000.
As I had to get from Euston to Westminster I thought I'd try out the new cycle scheme. It's similar to the ones in Lyon and Paris, and is certainly very convenient. I registered online and my key came very quickly. There is a bit of a trick to getting the bikes out - put the key in and once the green light comes on lift the back of the bike up and then slam it down releasing the front wheel (or just pull very hard). There are bikes available in a lot of places but it helps to know where and I downloaded an iphone app to help with this. The bikes are heavy and clunky but are fine for short journeys. It helps if you have an idea where you're going. The bike's are free, apart from the £1 per day access fee, for up to half an hour at a time, so it wouldn't be good to get too lost or you might start paying. It's a shame about the advertising but I suppose that helps pay for the scheme. For visits to London I'd recommend using the cycle scheme and I'm looking forward to getting something similar in Manchester & Salford. There's been talk about it for quite a long time and it would be good if it could happen. Having said all that it was lovely to get back to Piccadilly, climb on my own bike and cycle home fast!
Thursday, 21 October 2010
Saturday, 9 October 2010
I haven't cycled along this bit of route 6 for a while and I didn't realise that the Forestry Commission have out some really nice little routes in. The surface of Route 6 has also been finished off and so it is much better.
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
Monday, 4 October 2010
Friday, 24 September 2010
Friday, 23 July 2010
These are the school leavers from St Philip's CE Primary School this year. The leaver's Service on Friday was really emotional. They are all really nice kids and it is such a good school. I'm sure they'll all be fine in "big school" but it brings a tear to the eye to say goodbye. They all sang wonderfully too.
Saturday, 17 July 2010
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
Rev Hayley Matthews has been appointed as Chaplain to mediacity. Hayley is pictured here on the left with Sandra Kearney the vicar of Ordsall and Salford Quays. Hayley will start work in September. There is more info on the diocesan website here: http://www.manchester.anglican.org/news/591/chaplain-to-serve-at-uks-first-media-city
Wednesday, 7 July 2010
We've had a very good conference. Tom Wright was a very good speaker and there were lots of opportunities to chat to people. I was at the end strangely moved to be part of such a strange, varied, talented, committed group of people.
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Monday, 14 June 2010
On Sunday 13th June there was a live broadcast from St Phil's on Radio 3. This is a photo of them in action. I've posted some more photos on picasa here: http://picasaweb.google.com/the.andy.salmon/BBCRadio3LiveBroadcastFromStPhilS?feat=directlink
during this week you can listen to it on iplayer here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00sq48s/The_BBCs_Big_Concert_Live_from_Salford/.
I'm not big on classical music but some of this was wonderful.
Bach: Cantata no. 159 (BWV.159) "Sehet, wir geh'n hinauf gen Jerusalem"
Haydn: Symphony no. 26 (H.1.26) in D minor "Lamentatione"
Bach: Cantata no. 21 (BWV.21) "Ich hatte viel Bekummernis"
Julia Doyle, soprano
Tove Dahlberg, mezzo soprano
Nicholas Mulroy, tenor
Halvor Festervoll Melein, bass
Manchester Chamber Choir;
Nicholas Kraemer, conductor
Friday, 11 June 2010
The BBC Philharmonic are doing a live broadcast on Radio 3 on Sunday morning from St Philip's Church.
Info here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00sq48s
It was sounding really good in rehearsal today. There is going to be a small audience and I may be able to get hold of an extra couple of tickets if any one wants one. And that is a seriously big guitar... or is it a guitar?