At Trinity Church, in Abingdon, on Sunday the Harvest Service was taken by Deacon Selina. There were displays of flowers on every window sill, and in the Welcome Area, which made the church even more beautiful than usual.
The alter was also well decorated, and before the first hymn people brought up their bags of groceries, specially chosen to be of use to Asylum Welcome in Oxford. The first hymn was “We Plough the Fields and Scatter.”
Selina preached on refugees, and how we should receive them. Selina had once had to escape from her family home in Africa where she was born. She said Jesus had been a refugee. Afterwards she said “Deeply deeply moved to see young and young at heart, bring so many gifts for our sisters and brothers at Asylum Welcome in Oxford.“
For somebody visiting this blog in a few years time, here is what the Bridleway to Sunningwell looked like on this mild September day in 2017. This land has been designated for housing in the Vale of White Horse local plan up to 2031.
News for the day… 1. PM Theresa May has said there should be a transition period of “about” two years after Brexit, during which trade should continue on current terms. 2. US President Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un have both called each other mad in various ways: deranged and dotard and madman are some of the words used. 3. Uber will loose its license to operate taxis in London. 4. THE END OF THE WORLD as we know it could be VERY soon as conspiracy theorists claim a mysterious dark planet will collide with Earth on 23rd September 2017.
Looking to the right of the bridleway is a field stretching all the way to the Oxford Road. One or two houses are visible in Alexander Close, and cars speed at 40 MPH round the Abingdon outer road making it difficult to cross to the bridleway.
To the left is a field that stretches to Tilsley Park, across which are some transmission lines.
The A34 dual carriageway is on the far side of the field, divided off by a small fence and some bushes. It is all very open.
I don’t know the name of either field.