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Rogation Sunday

On Rogation Sunday we pray for the countryside, the farmers, the crops, the animals etc etc.
Here, in the Benefice of Kirkwhelpington, Kirkharle, Kirkheaton and Cambo, we have a walk, which this year was at Kirkheaton. People from across the Benefice came plus 3 or 4 carloads from the Parish of Walker in North Tyneside - a very urban parish, who are sort of twinned with us.
The main group did a cross-country walk of about 2 1/2 miles while the 'older', not so fit contingent just did a mile. I was the shepherd for the 'old', so gathered them up and entertained them by showing them my garden, until it was time for us to set off for the wind turbines, just 400 metres up the lonnen (lane).
We strolled up the lane and got to the point where you can see round about 250*. For once, Cheviot was not wearing its veil and the Simondside hills were also clear. Unfortunately, there was cloud over the North Lake District hills, but the Pennines to the south of us were visible.
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Posted at 9th May 2010 - 09:12PM   Posted by Withy Brook   Rogation Sunday Comments: 7

Withy Brook's Avatar We spotted the walkers some distance away, just having passed a ruined shepherd's house called Black Hill, just above the source of the River Blythe. They had some distance still to walk, so we absorbed the view, took photos of a couple of ladies leaning against the base of a wind tubine and chatted. For these town dwellers, it was a marvel to be so close to a turbine.
Having received an alteration to the route by mobile, we wandered on up the track, nearly to the 3rd turbine, where we met them. We managed to get a little shelter from the NE wind, while prayers for all who provide food for us, all over the world, were said.
I had taken my car up there earlier, and so I drove a lady with a bad back (think I've heard about them lately haven't I?) down to the village and went to the WI hut to get the water on.
We had had a few prayers before the main walk left, but now we had a short service with a couple of hymns, a lesson, more prayers and a blessing, on the Village Green.
The afternoon ended with tea and food in the WI Hut and more happy chat. The Walker band left full of gratitude for the open spaces and views and the friendship they had been offered. We were happy to have been able to offer them hospitality and to enjoy a happy afternoon together.
I must mention one lady. She was widowed last year, having lived in Kirkwhelpington Parish for all her married life, but she was born in Kirkheaton and her Mother is an enduring memory for me. She never missed a Rogation Service in Kirkheaton, - a regular event until a few years ago - and she was there today. I was so happy to be able to give her a big hug Laughing

Posted by: Withy Brook on 9th May 2010 at 09:28PM

Twiglet's Avatar Sounds like a wonderful event Withy.

Posted by: Twiglet on 9th May 2010 at 09:38PM

Sumarell's Avatar Sounds a wonderful day Withy. And I am intrigued about your wind turbines too. They have been proposed for some areas of the South Island and are causing a lot of contoversy.

Posted by: Sumarell on 9th May 2010 at 10:09PM

Withy Brook's Avatar Fight 'em Sumarell! Too late to go into it now - will pm you tomorrow.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 9th May 2010 at 11:11PM

Tiggywinkle's Avatar What a lovely celebration and community get together. Is Rogation Sunday a fixed Sunday in the Church Calender Year? I enjoyed your resumé. Thank you, Withy.

Posted by: Tiggywinkle on 9th May 2010 at 11:16PM

Withy Brook's Avatar Yes, Tiggy

Posted by: Withy Brook on 9th May 2010 at 11:21PM

Westerwitch's Avatar How lovely for people to get together like that and be out amongst nature - apart from the turbines that is . . .

Posted by: Westerwitch on 10th May 2010 at 09:44AM

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