Stanwick Group of Churches

Sabbatical stop in the Benefice

Ian Black sent us this item about a visitor to our villages:

Taking a sabbatical break as Rector of Porlock, Somerset, Rev Bill Lemmey set off for a walk north, and this week reached Melsonby on his way to Lindisfarne.  

Having a picnic lunch and sheltering in a barn near Catterick, the vicar was interviewed by police who checked his credentials before he was allowed to proceed.

He stayed with Ian and Lesley Black in Melsonby and visited St James Church where he admired the library, jigsaws, and the aims of the Flush Fund before setting off through Aldbrough for Bishop Auckland, Durham, and all points north towards Holy Island, averaging 10-12 miles a day.  Quite a walk!

You can read some of his musings, prayers, and incidents on his blog at

* For those unfamiliar with the term 'person from Porlock' see the Wikipaedia entry. However we are sure the term only applies to Revd Lammey in respect of his incumbency and pilgrimage starting point


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