Valiant effort

02 November 2006


Apologies for absence: A visit to our daughter in Colorado, USA, was unintentionally extended by major surgery and a two-week stay in a hospital high in the Rocky Mountains. Wonderful care, but the moral of the tale is the importance of good travel insurance when travelling to the US. Had we not had a good insurance company with whom the medics and my family kept in daily contact, I could be facing a bill for some £60,000.

ST JAMES’s is a medieval church in the small rural village of Ashworth in Manchester diocese. Its congregation is mostly elderly, says the Vicar, the Revd Dr Stephen May (he has another church at Norden), and prefers the Book of Common Prayer.

The organist, Sarah Gall, is making great efforts to encourage children along, and has so far managed to recruit three young ones (pictured right in grey and white) to join the half-dozen adults in the choir. When the organist and choir from Holy Trinity, Dobcross, a few miles away, recently came to give a concert in St James’s, the three new choristers were able to join forces with them.

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