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New School RE Syllabus To Include Non-Religious Beliefs

New School RE Syllabus To Include Non-Religious Beliefs

The new Five Islands School RE syllabus will take into account the views of islanders who have no religion Headteacher Bryce Wilby has offered an assurance that all forms of belief, including strong commitments like veganism, are treated fairly. He’s spoken after islander Linda Wornes raised questions about the inclusion of a humanist perspective to […]

Charity Shop Busy As Last Minute Costumes Sought

Charity Shop Busy As Last Minute Costumes Sought

The St Mary’s Church charity shop was a hive of activity yesterday afternoon as shoppers turned up to buy last-minute fancy dress items for this evening’s celebrations. Organiser, Sue Hodgson told us they normally do well in the run up to the parties but yesterday had been one of the busiest afternoons she’d experienced for […]

Church Leaders Give Christmas Messages

Church Leaders Give Christmas Messages

Scilly’s two Church leaders have spoken out against materialism in their Christmas Day addresses. Speaking live on Radio Scilly on Christmas Day, Canon Peter Walker of St Mary’s Parish Church told listeners Christmas is important because it brings friends and family together. Peter wants Islanders to think how lucky they are before Christmas dinner and […]

Crowds Turn Out For Carol Service And Nativity

Crowds Turn Out For Carol Service And Nativity

The Methodist chapel was full to the rafters last night as islanders attended the annual Christmas carol service. It was preceded by the traditional Scilly ‘walking nativity’ where the Christmas story was re-enacted with shepherds, wise men and Mary and Joseph walking from the Bank and the Garrison to the Methodist church for the service. […]

New Nativity Figures At Parish Church

New Nativity Figures At Parish Church

A new set of crib figures has gone on display at the Parish Church, ready for the nativity scene at the Old Town Church cristingle service. Canon Peter Walker and Lynn Walker made them with islanders in five sessions on Tuesday evenings. The figures are made from plaster on a chicken wire frame and Lynn […]

St Agnes Christingle Service Goes Ahead Despite Weather

St Agnes Christingle Service Goes Ahead Despite Weather

More than 60 islanders braved near gale-force nor’westerly squalls at Periglis early yesterday evening for the annual Christingle service at St Agnes Church. Sea conditions prevented the Reverend Peter Walker from getting over from St Mary’s but the popular event went ahead despite this, with the church floodlit on the outside and candlelit inside. Carols […]

Seasonal Treats At Church Christmas Bazaar

Seasonal Treats At Church Christmas Bazaar

Mince pies and coffee were on offer at the Christmas Bazaar in the Church Hall on St Mary’s yesterday. In a seasonal departure from the usual Charity Shop, cakes and refreshments were served alongside a Christmas cake raffle and tombola. Canon Peter Walker, who was serving coffee at the event, said there had been a […]

Hunt Is On For Baby To Star In Nativity Procession

Hunt Is On For Baby To Star In Nativity Procession

The annual hunt is on to find a baby to play the star role in the annual joint churches nativity procession. Each year, the story of Joseph and Mary is re-enacted with a walk from the Star Castle into the town. The couple enter some of the islands’ inns, to be turned away. They are […]

Remembrance Day Service Takes Place In Church

Remembrance Day Service Takes Place In Church

Serving and former members of the armed forces, local emergency services, merchant navy and youth groups have attended this year’s Remembrance Day service at St Mary’s Parish Church. Canon Peter Walker led the service with a sermon by Methodist Minister, Reverend Charlie Gibbs, on the theme of peacekeeping and a two-minute silence was observed as […]