The Portal April 2018 - Page 18

THE P RTAL April 2018 Page 18 Events in Salisbury Arnold Herron has been in touch with our people in Salisbury  S alisbury is a lovely city. At the heart of the city is a beautiful cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of Our Lady. The Ordinariate has two priests there, Mgr Edwin Barnes and Fr Keith Robinson.  Fr Keith Robinson assured us that he, Mgr Edwin, their families and people are all safe. But the whole thing has come as a great shock. “We had just recovered from the snow drifts,” he said, “Then this happened; police, ambulances and military everywhere. I must say, they have done a wonderful job. Diligent and purposeful, they have put themselves in danger’s way. We are praying for all those caught up in the whole ghastly business. It is only now that the full force of Elsewhere in this edition of The Portal Ordinariate what has happened is becoming apparent to us.  member Dr Simon Cotton explains more about nerve “Many areas of the city are closed off, so it is difficult agents.  to go out. After two weeks, one would expect these Mgr Edwin Barnes, now retired of course, lives in closed-off areas to become smaller, but in fact, they are the area with his wife Jane. He told T he P ortal , “The getting bigger. A pall hangs over the city. It is empty of police are present, and the military of course. But my the usual people, tourists and so on.”  concern is for the shops and businesses that have had to close. They are right in the midst of it all. Some may We are sure all P ortal readers will be praying for all not be able to re-open and may have to cease trading. those involved in this awful business. Their employees are all without work at the moment.”  Snow is rare in Salisbury, so the recent spell of bad weather came as a surprise. Great snow drifts everywhere; travelling difficult if not impossible. Then that awful event that has dominated the press, both local and national. Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, together with Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey are, at the time of writing, in hospital suffering the effects of nerve agent attack.  Show your support for the Ordinariate Our Lady of Walsingham Badge & Cufflinks sold in support clergy stipends - available from: John Worley, 48 Lawn Lane, Hemel Hempstead HP3 9HL Badges: £4 each Cufflinks: £12 (pair) please include SAE - Cheques payable to: Ordinariate olw Coat of Arms of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham available from: Ordinariate Lapel Badge, Ladies’ Ordinariate Group, 22 Redcross Way, London SE1 1TA Cost: £5 (inc P&P) - cheques payable to: Ordinariate OLW Please remember to include your name and address