The French novelist Stendhal suggested that human intelligence dropped by a quarter as soon as one set foot in England. A foul and outrageous falsehood, of course, but he followed this remark but admitting, no doubt grudgingly, that “nothing in the world is as beautiful, as fine, as moving as the English countryside.” Clods we may be, but clods who stroll through green, rolling luxuriance, tinted with primrose and iris, anemone and stinking hellebore, fussed about with butterflies. In spite of French opinion, this summer the truly intelligent will join St Augustine’s for our ‘Butterflies and Bursaries’ walk, a sponsored pilgrimage through all this magnificence. The scenery alone makes this a must but you also have the chance of doing a bit of real good at the same time.
Last year, St Augustine’s established a bursary fund in the name of our treasurer, John Tattersall, who was retiring after many years of service. The Tattersall fund provides financial help to lay people who wish to study theology but do not have the resources to pay for tuition or books (more details here). The beneficiaries include folk who believe, I think rightly, that theology will enrich their discipleship in the business of daily life, as well as those embarking on vocational discernment.
Over the last months, we’ve had significant calls on the fund and so we’ve undertaken some fundraising to maintain this important resource. The climax to the campaign, which we hope will raise the final £3,000 of our £10,000 goal, is our ‘Butterflies and Bursaries’ walk. We shall stroll from Wye Church to Chartham Village Hall in time for a late lunch (20km). For those of a more gentile stamina, there is a optional start from Chilham Rail Station, which reduces the walk to 8km.
Ideally we would like everyone to raise a minimum £50 of sponsorship .
Join us on September 5th and consign the French to envy!
To register please see our website.