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First Fixing

Least, I think that’s what you call this type of work – in this case at Diddington Church in what shall be the toilet cubicle:

first fixing

In any property, if we could see  behind the walls and under the floor boards we would find a great deal of cabling, wiring and pipework  running around which brings us the power and water/sewage supplies we take for granted. But they are covered up for safety’s  sake and as they wouldn’t look too pleasing to the eye if they were exposed.

Bit like us really. We only  tend to let the outside world see and hear what we deem to be safe and exceptable – but most of us have a hidden life which we dont share unless we are with a trusted friend. But it can be the hidden things – maybe a story from the past, maybe a personality trait, maybe a fear, maybe even a talent, which we keep hidden which actually helps to make us ” tick” and gives depth to our life.

The opening prayer at HC is rather powerful

” Almighty God unto whom all hearts be open

All desires known and from whom no secrets are hidden”

God  gets right beneath our persona and knows us just as are -and its this real “us” who we give to him to mould and fashion day by day.

Meanwhile, at Diddington, old George Whitlock, long since departed this life and one time Vicar at Diddington and at Little Paxton looks on from the wall  as the workmen make progress – a larger than life character who wore his heart on his sleeve from the stories i’m told of him. His ashes are buried by the porch door – he gave years of service to the church in his unique way. May he rest in peace and rise agin in glory.


Rev George Whitlock, a former Vicar of Diddington, Little Paxton and maybe Southoe ( sorry my memory isnt  too good this time of night!)

July 18, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. I was just searching and found Rev Whitlock on your site. He married my wife and I at Southoe church on 9/9/1978. It was nice to see a photo of him – with his lovely bushy, white beard – and show him to our son, and his fiancee, just now.
    Many Thanks

    Comment by steve fryatt | April 22, 2011 | Reply

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