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Lockdown: how’s it been going?



Chichester City

The dormant city settles,

A dumpy woman plumping cushions on a sofa

For a sit-down and a cup of tea,

A welcome break before a grunt

And into action once again;

Lighting the streets and dealing with the waste,

Housing frail bodies in her brick and stone

And lightly marking her inhabitants

With names and drains and history.


She claims to be indifferent

To her charges, but other grimier cities

Do not believe her,

But are too nice to say it,

Nor will they stay for supper,

Winking at each other while they nod at her

And take another biscuit, with yet another cuppa.


But when the break should have been over,

Instead, all has been slowed,

And Lockdown stills her paces.

Her human brawling sprawling throngs,

The caterwauling and the songs

No longer congregate in parks and offices

Or scramble for their sports and entertainment,

Nor skitter to and fro

To fill her designated places;



Her shuttered shops and doors

And eerie empty spaces

With notices on windows,

Describe her deprivation.


Her visitors have gone,

Each shakes a head at their predicament,

Secretly pleased they do not care as much

As Novio Magus.

She folds her feet up on the sofa,

Tucks hand on double chin

And ponders for a daydream season.


She knows a strange disquiet.

Without her little humans,

Her life has little reason.

© David Cooke, April 2020


Lockdown’s been tough for some of the people we know here in Chichester.

But when we feel we are losing our way, then the glories of this built and natural environment can work their magic and hope can spring up once again.


Stay well one and all!






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Some more new beginnings

It’s been an eventful couple of months since we last updated this blog.  In addition to all our usual commitments we’ve had something very special to keep us busy…..

July brought the arrival of a new baby brother for Huxley- Otis William, weighing in at 7lb 6oz.when-huxley-met-otis.jpg

Otis is flourishing. However Huxley is currently facing a number of tricky health challenges so we are hoping and praying for a bit of a breakthrough for them all.

July also saw Liza being commissioned as a Spiritual Director, after completing the Ecumenical formation programme run by the Carmelites at Aylesford Priory. This is something Liza has wanted to develop for a number of years and it heralds a new beginning in a ministry she has been informally undertaking for many years.

And at Community Based Rehabilitation in Eldoret, the wonderful Director The Revd Evelyn Jerotich has finally retired after many years of faithful service to both the Anglican Church and to people with disabilities in the North Rift of Kenya. CBR still faces serious funding issues and  the future of this remarkable organisation is a bit uncertain. Once again we find ourselves standing with our Kenyan friends as we trust and watch to see what might unfold.

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So a time of change, a time of thanksgiving for all that has gone before and a time of looking forward in hope to all that lies ahead.