Saturday, September 12, 2020

 ...

 A visit to the Royal Air Force Memorial overlooking the Thames at Runnymede

My Uncle John's name is on this memorial - Pilot Officer John Michael Campbell RAFVR. 

His name is on Panel 123.  He was killed in 1943.

There are 20,000 names on this memorial - airmen who died for our country in World War II and have no known grave.

Recently our family received some extraordinary news. Uncle John's aeroplane - a Stirling bomber - has been found deep in a lake in Holland where it fell. It was identified by its number...and the crew were identified when Uncle John's silver cigarette case was found, bearing his initials JMC. The Dutch army is now helping to recover the aeroplane, and a local museum honours the crew. The Dutch are grateful to the Royal Air Force for helping to liberate their country from Nazi occupation.

The Queen's words at the opening of the Runnymede memorial in 1953 have never seemed more important.  At Runnymede King John signed Magna Carta, establishing the freedoms that British people have treasured down the years. 


Saturday, September 05, 2020

In London...

...extreme left-wing campaigners tried to stop newspapers being printed.

They call themselves "Extinction rebellion". But they are not rebelling., merely shrieking out the standard leftwing line on a range of issues, and using militant tactics in attempts to stop healthy debate and if possible to wreck Britain's economy, on the grounds that our industries damage  the world's ecological balance. 

Meanwhile China mines coal and launches new power stations month by month, and buys up large tracts of land across Africa, establishing ports and transport links on a massive scale, establishing her new empire.

The Knights and Dames of St Gregory...

...in the diocese of Portsmouth, marked St Gregory's Feast Day with a Mass at St Edward's Church, Windsor.

There could be no music - all the restrictions were obeyed. But it was good to get together, in our robes, and to honour St Gregory and be inspired and reminded of our calling as Christians...and the need to re-evangelise our country and to offer the glorious message oi Christ...

We posed for the traditional photograph - robed and masked, a picture for history.


Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Read about why the Anglican patrimony matters...

...and Auntie Joanna analysing it...here...

and let me know your thoughts.

Monday, August 31, 2020

NEXT series of HISTORY WALKS....




CATHOLIC HISTORY WALKS: SEPTEMBER 2020

All welcome…no need to book, just turn up! We suggest a donation of £10 for each Walk. 

Wear suitable shoes and clothes – we walk whatever the weather!  We maintain social distancing.  More information at: www.catholichistorywalks.com

Sunday September 6th, 6.00pm (after 5.30pm Mass) steps of Westminster Cathedral London SW1P 1LT. Nearest tube: Victoria.  We will explore Westminster, Whitehall, and St James Park.

Tuesday September 8th 7pm  (NOTE TIME), after 6pm Mass, meet at St Dominic's Priory, Southampton Road London NW5 4LB.  Nearest tube: Belsize Park.  We will learn about the Garden of the Luminous Mysteries, and walk to Hampstead Heath, encountering the forgotten Fleet River, and the story of Gospel Oak.

Friday September 11th 7pm,  after 6pm Mass meet at St Dominic's Priory, Southampton Road London NW5 4LB .  Nearest tube: Belsize Park.  We will learn about the Garden of the Luminous Mysteries, and walk to Hampstead Heath, encountering the forgotten Fleet River,and the story of Gospel Oak.

Tuesday September 15th meet 6pm  after 5.30pm Mass, on the steps of Westminster Cathedral Londson SW1P 1LT after the 5.30pm Mass.  We will explore Westminster, Whitehall, and St James Park.

Sunday September 20th, meet 4pm main door, St George’s Cathedral, Southwark. Nearest tube: Waterloo or Lambeth North. We will  discover Southwark’s story and walk to Lambeth Palace and the river,

Sunday September 27th meet 3pm (note time) St Elizabeth's Church, The Vineyard, Richmond TW10 6AQ. Nearest tube/overground: Richmond.  We will learn about Henry VII, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I  and walk along the Thames to St John Henry Newman's childhood home at Ham.

The Catholic History Walks are organised by an independent Catholic voluntary group and the walks are led by Catholic writer Joanna Bogle, We are happy to organise a school, parish organisation, etc.   Just contact us:
chwalkslondon@gmail.com


Wednesday, August 19, 2020

and read about Auntie Joanna at a baptism at WESTMINSTER...

...in the strange London that is slowly opening up after the Coronavirus lockdown...

Read here



Friday, August 14, 2020

 IMPORTANT READING....

here...






Saturday, August 08, 2020

 CATHOLIC HISTORY WALKS



Come and enjoy an August walk, and discover our Catholic history on the way!  Two special Walks to celebrate the life and message of St John Henry Newman:

Wed Aug 19th meet 6pm  Church of the Most Precious Blood, O'Meara Street, London SE1 1TD (nearest tube/overground  LONDON BRIDGE). We'll walk across London Bridge - with its story of St Olaf and Viking battles -  to the birthplace of St John Henry Newman in the City.


Wed Aug 26th meet 6pm
at St Elizabeth's Church, The Vineyard, Richmond TW10 6AQ. (Nearest tube/overground: RICHMOND). We'll visit  Richmond Palace and its links with Henry VIII etc - and walk along the river to St John Henry Newman's childhood home at Ham.

We'll be socially-distanced as we walk. All are welcome - no need to book, just turn up! A donation of £5.00p is suggested. More information: www.catholichistorywalks.com