Rev. Steve Ansell
Sermon – Sunday, 11th August 2019
The weather forecast for Saturday, 15th June was not great but the slight drizzle stopped just as we arrived at Llanthony Priory (founded in the 12th Century) and ten hikers and three dogs enjoyed what turned out to be a lovely morning.
Open Mornings have proved to be a wonderful opportunity for members to share with us their special interests. So it was in March when Ian Haines introduced us to a small part of his extensive collection of often rare coins, such as 50p coins with the wrong number of sides, or 20p coins without a date. Just handling old pennies and farthings had its special fascination, and the history behind many of the coins made us listen in wonder.
In February, HBC Hikers started from Sutton St Nicholas school and walked a circular route of around 6.5 miles in good weather, via Hawkersland, Preston Wynne and Sutton Walls. Thanks to David P for leading.
The beauty of the changing seasons was brought to us by Gordon Taylor as he once again delighted us with a most spectacular slide show; 40 minutes – not a word spoken, but accompanied by classical music underlining each of their characters – kept us all very close to God’s wonderful nature.
One of last month’s highlights was unquestionably a very lively and varied presentation of poetry by Bethan Kain and Marie Hill, all helped by appropriate props and costumes. They held us spellbound throughout.
Not daunted by a bit of drizzle and mist, a group of HBC hikers enjoyed a walk along Marcle Ridge on Saturday, 19th March, led my Mike C. Panoramic (normally) views from the Ridge were somewhat obscured on this occasion but it didn’t matter and a good time was had by humans and dogs. Watch out for notice of the next HBC hike.
Aidrian Shakeshaft made a very welcome return visit during December when he delighted us with a wide range of festive Christmas songs and carols – from “White Christmas” to “Hark, the Herald Angels” – who could resist not joining in?!
HBC Hiking Group has been lucky with the weather this autumn. We had a beautiful day for Hergest Ridge in October, as previously reported.
In November we started at a Wye Valley viewpoint south of Fownhope and enjoyed wonderful views on our 6 mile route via Brockhampton and How Caple churches. Thanks to Mike C for leading us.