Dear friends,

The fields in our countryside show that harvest is nearly finished, with some fields left with stubble, some ploughed, while one or two have the new green growth of autumn sown cereals. We are in our harvest season at the local churches: one thanksgiving service already at Beckbury, and Stockton and Sutton Maddock in October.

Very recently I was at Shifnal Church with a visitor who was doing research and with Revd Sally Day, one of their church ministry team. She showed us the “Green Man” which I knew about, but I did not know that Shifnal Church had one. It is carved in the stone work of the tower arch inside the church but up very high, so hard to see and to recognise exactly what it is. The strange co-incidence was that while I was visiting the Roaches and “Lud’s Church” a week earlier (a natural cleft in the rock of a hill in Staffordshire) another couple there said, jokingly I think, “we’re waiting for the Green Man”. As I was wearing a bright green t-shirt at the time, I wasn’t quite sure how best to reply…

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