Archive for July, 2010

Jamaican High Commissioner at St Aidan’s

The Jamaican High Commissioner, Hon Anthony Johnson, and his wife (seen here with Father Alan) attended mass at St Aidan’s in July during a visit to the city. On the previous evening they were guests of honour at a ceremonial dinner in the Hilton Hotel along with the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Leeds. Mr Johnson has recently been appointed to the post of High Commissioner following an period as Ambassador to the United States and several positions in the Jamaican diplomatic service and in politics.

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St Aidan’s Parishioner Ordained

A service for the ordination of Deacons at Ripon Cathedral in July saw six candidates admitted including St Aidan’s parishioner Dorothy Stewart. Dorothy Stewart OrdinationShe now moves on to serve her title place with Revd David Stevens at St Martin’s, Potternewton. A large congregation including many from St Aidan’s witnessed Bishop James conduct the service. Dorothy is seen here afterwards being congratulated by Nick Flood lay chair of the Allerton Deanery.

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Archbishop of York’s visit to PAFRAS at St Aidan’s

As part of his two-day visit to the diocese last month, Dr John Sentamu visited PAFRAS – Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers based at St Aidan’s church hall. Archbishop of YorkHaving spent time listening to the plight of those who are destitute, many of whom have been kept waiting for years for the outcome of their applications for asylum, it was clear that he was deeply moved by their stories and determined to take any action that he could to bring about change, especially in relation to the detention of children.

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Brangwyn and Japan

At the beginning of the year a Japanese television crew spent a (very cold) day in St Aidan’s filming for a programme on its national television service about Frank Brangwyn. Brangwyn CatalogueA copy of the DVD has arrived and the first viewing was well received. More than three minutes of the short film takes in views of the church followed by a close examination of the main mosaic with several close-ups and then the chancel walls. An exhibition of the great man’s works also took place during the Spring at the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo and a copy of the catalogue was sent to us. Consideration is being given as to how these items can best be displayed for the benefit of parishioners.

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