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RETIRED CLERGY IN ST PAULíS

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 Ross preached.  

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