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Bishop blesses new icons at St Mary’s

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27 January, 2017 — By Gabe Evans

Meg Roe, Kathleen Wenaden, Beatrice Addo, Julius Ajeigbe and Bishop Adrian Newman

THE Bishop of Stepney, The Rt Rev Adrian Newman, paid a visit to St Luke’s parish in West Holloway on Sunday to bless two new and important icons that have been given a home on the church walls. The first, painted by local artist Meg Wroe, was inspired by the National Advisor for the Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns in the Church of England, Elizabeth Henry who, at an event on diversity last year, focused on the diocese of Stepney, highlighted the lack of iconography or visual art in church buildings reflecting black or minority ethnic communities. Meg’s icon depicts three current members of St Luke’s congregation – Kathleen Wenaden, Beatrice Addo and Julius Ajeigbe – in a modern interpretation of the famous Trinity Icon, painted in the 15th century by Russian artist Andrei Rublev. “Art should be like this,” Bishop Adrian told the congregation at St Luke’s. “Countering the unconscious bias in our attitudes and approaches – especially with reference to diversity and difference.” The Revd Dave Tomlinson added: “We are a church that has a strong emphasis on art and music.” “When Meg produced this work we were delighted. It is a very powerful statement that we hope other churches and people will learn from and emulate.” The second icon was painted by 19-year-old student Daisy Holland in response to the refugee crisis and depicts Jesus walking through the deep waters of the Mediterranean carrying a small child.

Never too late to learn the ropes!

Jo Barton at St Mary’s, holding the end the bell rope as U3A members try their hand go at ringing

LAST Thursday 21 members of the Islington U3A (University of the Third Age) climbed the tower to the ringing room at St Mary’s Church, Upper Street, where they tried their hand at bellringing. Jo Barton, a bellringer of 51 years who wields the ropes monthly at St Mary’s, gave an illuminating talk on the art – tower and handbells – instructing the group on her experienced technique. Some took to the challenge with enthusiasm, under close supervision of course, and all agreed it was a thoroughly enjoyable occasion. “Four have indicated that they might even wish to pursue bellringing a bit further,” said Jo.

Quest to find out what’s going on

Gene Cooper and Jake Chisholm of Jazz Jukes

CELEBRATED older people’s health advocate Peter Crockett has been busy lobbying the council and local funders in Islington to put together a “listings” directory for older people’s activities in the area. “There is such an awful lot going on for older people in Islington,” says Peter, “but many just don’t know about them.” His demand follows a similar service set up by the council a few years ago – the Activities for Children and Young People’s page – which he believes would be relatively easy to establish for OAPs in the neighbourhood. Peter has worked for the charity Healthy Generations for many years and works tirelessly to keep vulnerable people in the community fit, healthy and tied into friendship networks, primarily through the means of music and dance. The Jazz Jukes, Peter’s band along with guitarist Gene Cooper and drummer Jake Chisholm, are a favourite among the many 60+ community centre lunch clubs in the area. A recent contract with one of Islington’s main housing associations has them doing six tea dances and six exercise classes a week. To find out more visit: www.musicforpeople.org.uk/

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