Sunday, July 12, 2020

Margaret Ashworth

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Margaret Ashworth is a retired national newspaper journalist. She runs the Subbing Clinic in a hopeless attempt to keep up standards, and co-runs A & M Records where she indulges her passion for 60s pop.

Notes from the sticks: Wool-gathering

REGULAR readers will know I am not a particular fan of sheep, but even I feel sorry for them when they are newly...

The Midweek Hymn: O Worship the King

MANY hymns are based on the beautiful poetry of the Psalms, and this one is full of wonderful images: ‘pavilioned in splendour’,...

Notes from the sticks: Divided loyalties

WE have a bird feeder which gives us endless enjoyment. It is like having a small theatre in the garden (though thankfully...

The Midweek Hymn: Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior

WHAT is the difference between a hymn and a gospel song? There is no solid definition that I can find, and I...

Notes from the sticks: The great badger debate

IN MY piece on skylarks last week I said that they are in decline and that the RSPB and British Trust for...

The Midweek Hymn: Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow

I HAVE written a few times about the shameful closure of churches at the very moment when they were most needed, so...

Notes from the sticks: What larks

A NUMBER of people have remarked that the reduction in traffic noise during the lockdown has meant that they can hear birdsong...

The Midweek Hymn: How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds

WITH slavery being a major topic at the moment, I thought it would be appropriate to revisit John Newton, a slave ship...

Notes from the sticks: A battle with cattle

TWO weeks ago a man of 82 was killed by a herd of cows in a field not far from here. The...

The Midweek Hymn: Hills of the North, Rejoice

I HAVE mentioned before that the editors of hymn books often have the belief that they can do better than the original...

Notes from the sticks: Froggy goes a-courtin’

IT has always seemed a shame to me that the wonders of nature are taught only to small children, then taken for...

The Midweek Hymn: All Creatures of Our God and King

TODAY’s hymn in praise of God’s creation was written by St Francis of Assisi (1181/2-1226), the patron saint of animals.

Notes from the sticks: Midge over troubled water

THE midge season is in full swing. I wondered when we moved to a house beside a stream if they would be...

The Midweek Hymn: Who is on the Lord’s Side?

TWENTY Tory MPs have urged the Prime Minister to allow churches to re-open as soon as next month. They ask why shoppers...

Notes from the sticks: Uncommon orchids

THERE is a former limestone quarry near us, disused since the early 1900s, which is now a nature reserve. It is a...

The Midweek Hymn: Lead Me to Calvary

THIS week’s hymn was suggested by reader David Maples. It has a crucifixion theme, but I don’t see why Easter hymns should...

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