Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Church Matters

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Church Matters

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Byline: By Francis Wood

The nation's FAVOURITE

Put together artistic flair, a knowledge of Britain's churches and the capacity to write good English and you get Andrew Barr. A former producer of BBC's Songs of Praise, he has now produced his third book on the theme of Nation's Favourite. After Hymns and Carols, this time he presents the nation's favourite churches (Lion Publishing pounds 14.99). His choice of 30 examples may surprise but hardly disappoint you as he trips happily from Durham to Devon, from a primitive Welsh chapel to Westminster Abbey also taking in Northern Ireland and Scotland. The North East is well-represented from Yorkshire to the Borders. Ancient or modern, of whatever denomination, each church is someone's favourite and Andrew also looks at the views surrounding them. He continues the format of his previous books with a good choice of colour photographs making this an ideal coffee table book. But be warned. The text is so absorbing that the coffee could go cold as you continue to read. He draws on interviews with people he has met at each location as well as local history and his own childhood memories. I particularly enjoyed Andrew's visit to Paddy's Wigwam, the Roman Catholic cathedral in Liverpool. He claims to have designed a similar one as a boy! There is also a glossary of church terms in case you don't know the difference between the clerestory and the triforium. Excuse me now, as I go out to buy a second copy to give away for Christmas.

ALL HALLOW'S EVE

Christians have a problem with Halloween. They don't want to spoil the fun but they feel uncomfortable when so many stunts are aimed at scaring young children. At a time when there are so many genuine horror and terror stories around why should we add to a list of the macabre? After all this is really All Hallow's Eve, a time for a joyful celebration of the saints in glory. …

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