Future of Christianity
I write in support of Bruce Allen (Your Say, April 25).
Like the Archbishop of Canterbury, I find it baffling to witness the critical response to David Cameron’s Easter speech that Britain should be proud of its status as a Christian country.
The reaction by some gives one the impression the Prime Minister had advocated the return of burning at the stake.
Nick Clegg has chosen now to reopen the question of severing our state church.
By 1950 only 20 per cent of the population of England attended weekly Christian worship.
Today it is around five per cent, of these only two per cent attend worship in our national church.
The result has been the demolition or deconsecration of churches, the twinning of parishes and the sale of parsonages.
The church’s ministry has been totally transformed in a little more than 50 years. Yet despite this we remain a Christian country.
Our national church remains part of our identity, the custodian and key to its past. For more than 500 years the Church of England has been an article of faith and a form of membership.
Being Established it is subject to Parliamentary oversight, and this is one of its strengths.
Through the ages the Church has been a superb instrument that allowed the poor and rich, the educated and uneducated the devout and the non believer to communicate their concerns to one another.
It is worth noting here that the leaders of most other faiths in Britain have made it clear they oppose disestablishment.
David Cameron’s remarks should have been uncontroversial.
For many, weddings, funerals and holy days still retain Christian feelings and emotions.
Cathedrals, chapels and steeples also constantly remind us of our rich heritage, a heritage we should be proud of.
Dr Barry Clayton
Please help our cause
If anyone reading this is thinking of entering the Beaverbrooks Fun Run or any other fund-raiser such as Ride the Lights etc, who is not already raising funds for any other charity please consider obtaining sponsorship for your local branch of Motor Neurone Disease Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde Branch.
This branch has been actively raising funds for local people and also research into this devastating disease for over 20 years.
The branch supports both those diagnosed with the disease and also their families.
I can provide sponsor forms etc if requested, or if people would just like to find out how you could get more involved then please do not hesitate to contact me for further information.
The branch meets on the second Wednesday of the month at the Independent Living Centre, Whitegate Drive, Blackpool, between 11am and 1pm when we always have an interesting speaker.
This month the meeting will be held on May 14 when it will be Joan Humble, talking about her life as an MP.
Readers are very welcome to come along and find out more.
Thank you for reading this.
St George’s festival
On behalf of the Committee of the St George’s Day Festival we would like to offer our sincere thanks to all residents and businesses of Lytham and St Annes for their help and support during our Festival Week.
In particular we would like to thank all those businesses who took the time to decorate their shop windows and put out bunting, and those who also gave prize donations.
We would, in particular, also like to thank residents for their patience shown towards any traffic delays during the St George’s Day Parade and Run Lytham 10K.
If anyone was inconvenienced we do apologise.
We hope all those who attended one of our events enjoyed themselves.
St George’s Day Festival Committee
Imagine not seeing another person for days on end, only having the TV for company and never having anyone ask, ‘are you OK’?
This is the reality for many older people across Britain.
Please support Royal Voluntary Service’s Great Brew Break by inviting your friends, family or colleagues for a cuppa and a chat this week and make a donation so we can help more lonely older people stay independent.
Royal Voluntary Service volunteers provide a vital lifeline for older people across Great Britain, whether that’s help after a stay in hospital, a visit to a Royal Voluntary Service community centre or just a simple cuppa and chat at home.
Please visit www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/brewbreak for more information about how to hold a Great Brew Break events. You can also donate while having your cuppa by texting £2 to BREW42.
Head of Operations for the North
Royal Voluntary Service