On the site of the old Thornton Manor – that saw a fierce little battle during the Civil War, and the burial of thirteen soldiers in St Mary’s churchyard – and based on the large nineteenth-century mansion is now an important and valuable nursing home. It has taken some years to establish itself, but there is now a regular service of Evening Prayer each month. The words may largely be taken from the Book of Common Prayer, but the congregation is made up of Christians from every denomination.
In recent months, it has been taken up by our parish Reader, Paul Christodoulou, who with his wife Sharon has been doing good work. It is an interesting challenge to offer worship, in the midst of noise and distraction, with the inevitable electronic beeping from one machine or another, with people walking through, and no accompaniment for the singing; but the worship offered is serious, and of real value.