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05:06 am: Tweets for Today
  • 13:22 Round the block to buy a sandwich. #
  • 15:26 Well, on another round trip. London to Wirral and back within nineteen hours. On an insanity scale of zero to ten, surely an eight or nine. #
  • 15:45 Oh, that's all we need. Just arrived at Euston and they're asking Inspector Sands to report to the Control Centre. #
  • 15:50 Yes, Euston Station has just been evacuated due to a reported emergency. So, what for the 16.10 to Chester? Fire sirens are wailing here. #
  • 16:01 Various BTPs and other staff are inside the station, but the rest of us are outside. All trains up to 1610 showing as "delayed" of course. #
  • 16:09 All the staff are back into Euston and there is an expectation that passengers will be let back in shortly. Some trains retimed. #
  • 16:10 And we're back. #
  • 16:15 Staff lady shouts. "Do not run: the trains will not leave without you" and I'm now on it. 2 hours to Chester, signals & weather permitting. #
  • 16:22 Left Euston at 16.21 or thereabouts. #
  • 16:36 Apparently we'll be 16 minutes late at MK and only seven by the time I get to Chester (18.16, new projected time) - well, we'll see. #
  • 16:47 North of Bletchley and suddenly all the fields are covered with snow again. That's not what I would have expected. #
  • 17:59 As the train runs just that little bit slower, the chances of catching the 18.30 out of Chester are getting that bit slimmer. :+( #
  • 18:33 Actually saw the train leave Chester on its way north. So now it's a rearranged lift and an inconvenience to others. Sorry Debbi #
  • 19:34 Nearly at Hoylake for the Deanery meeting. There *might* be time for a coffee beforehand. #
  • 22:00 Home, after a discussion on the future of Deaneries in Wirral. Fascinating. Coffee now calls, of course. #
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Date:February 11th, 2009 09:09 am (UTC)
I guess I probably might have found a discussion on the future of deanaries in Wirral fascinating :-)

Was the Rural Dean for Birkenhead present?
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Date:February 11th, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
Was the Rural Dean for Birkenhead present?
I will take this question at face value. No, the Rural Dean of Birkenhead was not present, as it was a meeting of Wirral North deanery. The other deaneries affected are Wallasey and Wirral South.
Wirral North's Rural Dean, Gillian Rossiter of Great Meols, and her predecessor Paddy Benson were there.
+Peter has asked the Venerable Bob Metcalf, formerly Archdeacon of Liverpool, to conduct a review into the number of deaneries in Wirral, which Bob may have taken to mean a reduction in the number. But is that right?
This seems to be precipitated by the resignation, effective 31/3, of the Rural Dean of Wallasey, Frank Cain.
No doubt Ian Davenport (Birkenhead) and Gordon Welch (Wirral South) are also stakeholders in this discussion, as well as +Keith (Birkenhead).
Ven Bob is patiently talking to all the affected deaneries, the Chapter and anyone else whose view is significant.
+Peter wants a recommendation by 28/2. He'll be lucky!
If you have anything to add on the subject, email him at bobmetcalf at the domain of ukgateway.net as I expect to do shortly.
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Date:February 12th, 2009 11:55 am (UTC)
I will take this question at face value.

Wise! I meant nothing more by it than what I said.

I have a strong belief that a reduction in the number of deaneries (which will inevitably mean an increase in workload on the current Deans) is a very bad plan. Fr Ian is already working well beyond the capacity that anyone should expect of a priest (in a parish of 19000, with so many nursing homes and sheltered housing complexes -- which inevitably leads to about one funeral a day at the moment) and I would be seriously worried about burn-out if any more were to be piled on his plate (well, I'm worried enough about it already.)

He did a wonderful Requiem Mass for my mother (the first Requiem Mass he's been allowed to do in about 15 years, as it's not quite that high at St Saviour's any more!) An MP3 will be online before long ...
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