On Wednesday 13 September, St Paul's hosted a meeting of the retired
clergy who live in the archdeaconry. This was the first of its kind as
hitherto meetings have been held in Penrith or Rydal Hall. Distance
matters when you reach a certain age! Those from Barrow were therefore
able to attend.
The format for the meeting also took a new form. Instead of a somewhat
formal occasion at which those attending were anxious their parking
ticket would expire. At St Paul's those attending were welcomed with
coffee and biscuits from 11.15am and then shared in a celebration of the
Eucharist at which Andrew, our curate, presided and Archdeacon Vernon
Lunch followed at which the caterers, "Cracking Spread", presented an
excellent meal. The speaker, David Marston, summarised the story of the
appointment of the Bishops of Barrow, of whom there were just three.
David had researched the subject and published a book which will serve
to put the record straight.
The 35 attending didn't have to worry about their parking as the Bishop
of Carlisle paid for an ample time! The day was a great success thanks
to the hospitality of the people of St Paul's. We will be back!
Canon Derek Jackson