Thursday, 8 March 2012


Today I celebrated Mass at the Ilford Hospital Chapel, one of the oldest, if not the oldest buildings, in Ilford. On Monday a team of people tidied and cleaned following the visit by the electricians and the man who refurbished the “tea” room. Monday gave me the chance to sort through the vestments many of which are so old and threadbare that they are no longer useable.

I was very saddened yesterday when I heard the news that 6 young men had been killed in Afghanistan as a result of an IED. It’s only a few weeks since our son returned from Afghanistan, safe and well, for which we are very grateful. May they Rest in Peace.

Saturday is the Open Day at the Hospital Chapel with guided tours available to show and explain the many interesting features including the Pugin Reredos in the Lady Chapel, the medieval stained glass windows, the connection between one of the previous Chaplains, Father Sparrow Simpson and Sir John Stainer the composer of the Crucifixion. There will the opportunity to admire and perhaps photograph the Italianate carved reredos of the Last Supper on the High Altar as the six tall brass candle sticks having been removed for a better view. I will be playing the rather splendid two manual pipe organ during the morning from time to time. Home made cakes and other refreshments will be on sale as well as Birthday. Mothering Sunday and other occasional cards. Do come if you’re free especially if you have never visited this gem in the middle of the bustling town of Ilford.

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