Pew Sheet – 9th May 2021

The Rector writes    ’The Revd Julia Cody, the team Vicar at our Link parish of Perton in the Diocese of Lichfield,  is preaching again for us this morning and I am preaching for them (of course all though the wonders of modern technology !)  and we look forward to hearing from her on this Rogation Sunday.  Perton  are also having another Online Fundraiser Quiz, this time for Christian Aid, next Saturday 15th May.  As before we are all invited to  join them  (and I was asked yet again to set the Bible Round questions which I tried to make a little easier this time as last time no one got a decent score on that round !).

If you like quizzes and are free next Saturday night, just email the Revd Julia at to register your team. The entry fee is 10 pounds but like previous occasions, Julia has suggested that we can just donate 10 euro to our own local Christian Aid rather than go to the bother of sending over 10 pounds to her.  If you do take part, you can put 10 euro in an envelope and leave it in the Rectory Porch at some stage and I will add it to Revd Tony Murphy’s sponsored walk for Christian Aid  (more on that next week!). So do join me (the ‘Canon Balls’ Team again!) online at 7pm next Saturday night.  I hope to see some of you in person next week when we again open up the Church for public worship… we will go back to 9am & 11am in St Mary’s and 10am in St John’s. The 11am will also continue to be live-streamed’

Music Notes 09-05-2021


606     As the deer pants

418      Here, O my Lord

416  Great God, your love has called us

The writer of our final hymn today is Brian Wren. He was born in Essex in 1936 and ordained a priest in 1965. His first ministry was to a small congregation in Essex who he described as deeply committed to a traditional faith, but with an awareness of their context in the twentieth century. Wren was interested in themes of social justice and inclusivity. He became concerned about the language of some hymns which he thought could be excluding in matters of gender, age, and faith. He also deplored the use of militaristic images.

I have become more aware of the language of hymnody as I now type the text for our online services each week.

While many hymns are beautiful and poetic in their words, the thought has occurred to me at times that the language can be quite obscure and some of the imagery not quite fitting for modern times. What do you think?

In the autumn I hope to lead a short series of workshops entitled ‘Inspiring Music in Worship’. It would be for a group of 10-12 ideally and run for four weeks, once a week.

The aim is to begin a discussion about music in our worship and how we as a congregation would like to incorporate music in the coming years. It would be great to be able to meet in person, but if that is not possible, I will run it as a Zoom event.

Watch this space!

Bébhinn 087 2285965

Random Notes CCCLXXIX


Photo from  “Forgotten Cork”

by Colin Rynne & Billy Wigham   

Alec Day ran the long established Cork business of “Robert Day and Son”.   He married Raymonde McKechnie from “The Hermitage”, Rushbrooke, Cobh in 1943.

Alec inherited the business from his grandfather, Robert. They lived at “Neptune Lodge” in Glenbrook and were known to their friends as “Lad and Ray”.

A devoted couple, Alec seldom missed an opportunity to indulge in his love of photography and film. He made films about his travels through Ireland in the 1930’s and 1940’s including a number of full-length features such as Song of William about Percy French and a documentary on the Monard spade mills near Cork.     Day’s of Patrick Street started as a saddle and harness-making firm but also catered for outfits necessary to rugby, lawn tennis racquets, balls, poles nets and all associated equipment.     Lad and Ray were heavily involved in the social life of the city of Cork. He was a keen sailor and kept, successively, both a yacht and a steam yacht moored outside his house.

His kindness to children is fondly remembered and he often brought them on boat trips around the harbour, while at Christmas he built a large model railway set on the top floor of the family business on Patrick’s Street.   Like his grandfather and father before him, Alec was an avid collector and an award-winning amateur photographer, and also became a council member of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society.

He died in April 1980, the last of a veritable dynasty of Cork antiquarians and extraordinary photographers. Perhaps his greatest legacy, is that he left the site of the old Glenbrook Baths to the Council, with a caveat that it could never be built on, but only be used for public recreation.


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