Category Archives: Wealands Bell

Situation Vacant: Mystery at the Minster over unfilled vicar’s job

Perhaps the Church of England is awaiting divine intervention, but 14 months since Colin Boswell retired as the Vicar of Croydon, and no replacement has yet been named, never mind taken up the post. Canon Boswell had given sterling service … Continue reading

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The Hive community cafe open morning, South Croydon, Apr 22

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Christmas services at St Andrew’s, Southbridge Road

Tuesday December 20 at 7pm: St Andrew’s Carol Service For Church, School, Everyone! A service of seasonal music and readings jointly produced by the Church and St Andrew’s High School. A wonderful way to mark the run-up to Christmas. Saturday … Continue reading

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St Andrew’s Church Christmas Fair, South Croydon, Dec 3

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Let’s reach out across walls, instead of building new ones

CROYDON COMMENTARY: For his Remembrance Sunday homily, after a week of tragedy in Croydon, the vicar of St Andrew’s, South Croydon, WEALANDS BELL, pictured left, suggests that we should be breaking down walls Of the building of walls there is … Continue reading

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Free summer kids’ club at St Andrew’s Church, Jul 25-29

St Andrew’s Church on Southbridge Road is staging its Summer Superheroes kids’ club for children and families later this month. Taking place from 10am till noon on weekdays Monday to Friday from July 25 to 29, Summer Superheroes is just … Continue reading

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Why the poppy is a symbol that should unite, not divide, us

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Ahead of this weekend’s Remembrance services, the Rev WEALANDS BELL has a confession to make – he once wore a white poppy, and now wishes he had never done so I was quite surprised to see a conversation … Continue reading

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St Andrew’s is getting itself ready for the Christmas rush

St Andrew’s Church on Southbridge Road in South Croydon has a busy few weeks ahead in the run-up to Christmas, with community events to appeal to all ages. The church, with its recently opened community areas, continues to hold a … Continue reading

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Flower fairy artist’s life story takes wing on church stage

The Rev WEALANDS BELL saw his church turned into a theatre last week for the world premiere of a play about the artist Cicely Mary Barker. Here, he reviews Under the Shadow of Your Wings, the drama whose performance marked … Continue reading

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Church stages special events for Barker’s 120th anniversary

The 120th anniversary of the birth of Cicely Mary Barker, the author and artist who devised the flower fairies, is to be celebrated at her parish church, St Andrew’s on Southbridge Road, next Sunday, June 28, and then next month … Continue reading

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St Andrew’s Church Centre opens a community cafe

WEALANDS BELL, left, the vicar of St Andrew’s on Southbridge Road, on how his church is working to place itself at the heart of its community The place a church always wants to find itself is at the centre of … Continue reading

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Don’t let life go flat after Pancake Day; use the 6-46 Lent plan

Local parish vicar WEALANDS BELL on how, even in this modern 21st century, a little Lenten abstinence really can make the heart grow stronger If I asked whether you kept Wednesdays and Fridays as “days of fasting and abstinence”, in … Continue reading

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Making a church the Hive of activities at centre of community

WEALANDS BELL, pictured left, in his first year as Vicar of St Andrew’s Church in South Croydon and the chaplain of St Andrew’s School, looks ahead to developing a hub for the community, irrespective of people’s own religious allegiances I … Continue reading

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