August 2007


It’s almost eleven months since the accident and I am aware that we have not posted anything regarding Anthea’s progress for some time.

The good news is that there is continued progress.  She has just returned from cooking for 130 young people at a summer camp. which she greatly enjoyed.  She is still having continued physio and though the rate of progress is obviously decreasing, she still continues to improve and is re-assured that the physios think there is more to come.

 Tomorrow we are off to meet the air ambulance team who assisted her transit to hospital on the day of the accident.  I think she feels it is important that she fills in the gaps of what she cannot recall.  We are then off for some holiday and she is talking about doing some cycling and some walking.

Yesterday we got in late to discover that, lesley Farrall, the Diocesan Secretary, who is also a good friend, learnt that her son Mark who is of student age was badly injured in an accident after being hit by a bus in Bristol town centre.  This was obviously a terrible shock for Lesley and her husband Andy and my trip to the ITU at the Bristol Royal Infirmary brought some poignant memories flooding back. 

The news of Mark today is encouraging, but there is still a way to go in discovering whether he has a significant brain injury. 

Please do continue to pray for us, but also remember Mark, Lesley and Andy in your prayers.  We are still overwhelmed by the support we received and can testify to the fact that it has made such a difference.  May it be so for the Farrall family at this testing time

It appears April was a false dawn for getting back on the blog bandwagon. I fell back off and have struggled to get back into the habit. But I will try again and post at least each week.

I was inspired by spending some time with my friend Alan Wilson, currently my successor as Bishop of Buckingham. We were at the Leadership Summit in Chicago last week and he has started blogging this month. His blog’s great and bound to be for the long haul – he’s technically able and a fine photographer, as well as having lots to say.  Do check out his reflections on the Leadership Summit on his blog.

It was a great week.  Highlights for me were, firstly, the experience of being away with sixteen people from our Diocese and seeing the way they related to one another and were open to the learning output of the Summit.  Secondly, I was impressed by all the sessions, apart from one, and came back re-envisioned for the potential of the Church to make a difference in the world. 

There’s a lot of other stuff I could say, but I’ll save that for another time. My final reflection relates to one of Willow Creek’s core values – “Excellence honours God and inspires people.”  To be as good as you can be is a great challenge and not just for leaders.

During my time with the Willow Creek Association, I learnt this.  That if you can get funding to see this thing in the USA it’s worth it.  A very close second is to visit the Global Leadership Summits that are held in September and October around the UK.  These are by videocast and pound for pound you won’t get a better leadership learning experience anywhere in the world.  The feedback from last year’s videocast conferences was exceptional.  Here’s my advice – BE THERE!

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