Provincial Almoners Weekly Letter

Now, snow looks good on Christmas cards and in the fields before it is disturbed, BUT can cause mass disturbance to travellers on the roads, trains or planes. So we receive this weather with mixed feelings. It was good in some ways to see children enjoying themselves on tin trays or sledges going down the hills, it made a break for them and their parents or carers. It is advised that when traversing snow on foot we should adopt the gait of a penguin and take small steps to try and avoid slipping or falling over and thereby causing injury to ourselves, I did not bother to go out to see if this was happening. 

I have heard through the grapevine that an ‚Äúold‚Äù colleague, W. Bro Brian Davies and his good lady, Pamela, celebrated their Diamond wedding anniversary on Thursday this week. I add all of our congratulations on achieving 60 years of marriage, to those of The Queen. Well done Brian and Pamela. 

Pat received some notices that have appeared in church bulletins or were announced at church services. They emphasise how important it is that one should consider how one is presenting public information. I would like to share some of them with you to try and bring a smile to your face. I quote, ‚ÄúThe sermon this morning is ‚ÄúJesus walks on water.‚Äù The sermon tonight, ‚ÄúSearching for Jesus.‚Äù Another one, ‚ÄúLadies, don‚Äôt forget the rummage sale. It‚Äôs a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands,‚Äù One more, ‚ÄúThe Church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.‚Äù 

We have the International Rugby with us now and what some good and indifferent matches we witnessed last weekend. Whoever you support, I hope that they come up to your expectations. Cricket went well too with England bringing off an excellent win. Then we have the F.A. Cup match to look forward to, Bournemouth v Southampton. All I hope is that it is a good game and may the best team on the day win. 

Malcolm Lloyd, G.S.D., Prov. Grand Almoner