Wednesday, 14 September 2011


Today I went to our local SSC Chapter where we celebrated Holy Cross Day with a Concelebrated Mass followed by a wonderful lunch cooked by the ladies of St. Luke’s Prittlewell. We missed our brother clergy who have gone to the ordinariate.



After the meeting, members of CBS came together to arrange a meeting which will be held at 2.30 p.m. at St. Augustine’s Church. Rush Green, Romford on Saturday 12th November. All members of CBS, Clerical and Lay, are invited to this important meeting.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011





I was really very upset by the appalling behaviour of the Islamist Fundamentalists who protested at the Memorial Service for the victims of 9/11 at Grosvenor Square. Equally disgusting was the behaviour of the English Defence League.

Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl wrote his books in what has been described as a “shed” at the bottom of his garden. Untouched since his death, the family want to preserve it and put it in the Roald Dahl Museum at a cost of £500,000.


The family have contributed significantly and are now hoping that grants will be available from charitable trusts. Despite rumours to the contrary, they are not appealing to the public for money for this project

Sunday, 11 September 2011


When the Compute Engineer diagnosed my problem with my old computer it was, as I had thought, kaput! So late Friday afternoon it was down to PC World and the result is that I am now writing this on my brand new computer. Of course, when you bring them out of the shop, it’s the start of getting the thing up and running. I was amused when the salesman tried hard to persuade me that I needed to have their software engineers put Microsoft Office on the computer. It come preinstalled and all I had to do was purchase the “Product Key Card” and then type it into the programme which took all of a couple of minutes. PC World very generously offered to do it for me for £20. They also wanted to sell me ‘computer maintenance insurance’ at £8.50 a month which amounts to £102 per annum. My now defunct computer has cost me around £150 in maintenance, including parts, over the last 5 years so why would I want to pay what would have amounted to £510. In any case, it is fully guaranteed for the first year by the manufacturers and I have a whiz kid of a computer engineer Paul of Havering Computers who looks after me.


Today I celebrated and preached at St. Augustine’s Church, Rush Green and details of the service and my sermon can be found click here. We had another full church despite the fact that several people were away. During the Mass we remembered those who are still suffering as a result of 9/11 and all those whose lives were lost.

Thursday, 8 September 2011


I’m feeling frustrated; my main computer has decided to give up the ghost and I’m waiting for the computer engineer to come to tell me the situation although I think I already know. (Fortunately I have a MacBook on which I’m writing this) It appears that computers have something of a limited life and as I’ve had the main one for around five years I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised but I am and annoyed too. But I suspect I will be visiting PC World in the not too distant future and then I will have the have the pleasure (?) of setting a new one up.

Whilst I don’t think computers have built in obsolescence, other domestic items do. A few years ago our daughter gave us a dishwasher for Christmas and very useful it has been although we have never used it that much. The other day, after having some friends for dinner Ann used it, it made a strange sound and that was the end of the dishwasher. When we phoned a local service centre, the cost of repair was more than purchasing a new one, which seems ridiculous to me. So, I’m afraid, we don’t have a dishwasher at the moment – washing up I’m sure is good for the soul – an extra penance!

Saturday, 3 September 2011



Today Ann and I went to St Mary’s Church in Ilford for a Solemn Pontifical Mass to celebrate 180 years of the consecration of the church in 1831 and their Patronal Festival. The Principal Celebrant was the Rt. Revd. Robert Ladds SSC the Superior General of the Society of Mary.

The service commenced with the Angelus led by the Vicar Father Gareth Jones and this was followed by the Choir beatuifully singing the anthem Locus Iste by Bruckner. During the Introit a procession was made to the Statue of Our Lady at which we made a station. During the Communion the Choir sang Panis Angelicus by Casar Franck.

After Mass we gathered in the Church Hall for refreshments and this was followed by a Festival Grill at St. Mary’s Vicarage. It was  lovely service with an excellent homily by Bishop Ladds. It was good to see Mike Gapes MP amongst the guests. It was really nice to go back to St. Mary’s and see so many people we met and got to know when I helped there out during the interregnum.