Michæl McFarland Campbell

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The Feast of the “holy motorists”

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Anyone who read William Mayne’s “Chorister Series” will know today as the Feast of the Holy Motorists — that is St Simon and St Jude, AA. Of course the AA does not refer to the Automobile Association but is simply an abbreviation for Apostles. However, it is a feast day that sticks in my brain particularly because of that joke in Cathedral Wednesday.

Jude was martyred by axe (or club) and is the patron saint of lost causes, Simon was martyred at the same time, cut in two by a saw. He is patron of leather workers and sawyers.

They are joined together today because on this day in the 7th century, a church was dedicated to their memory having recently found their relics.

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October 28th, 2020 at 11:16 am

My Poppy Run 2020

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I’ve signed up to take part in My Poppy Run 2020. I’ll be joining a virtual community of fellow runners across the UK and completing my own run. By taking part in this challenge I’ll be raising funds to support the Royal British Legion. Their Poppy Appeal was founded to help those in need following a national crisis. Right now they are helping those who are isolated from family, facing homelessness, struggling to feed their children and are in financial crisis. They are working tirelessly to ensure that those who have served are being looked after no matter what challenges they, and the country faces. Your donation will mean they can continue to provide the life-changing support that our Armed Forces community needs and deserves. Thank You.

If you would like to donate to my fundraising challenge, please visit my page at:


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October 7th, 2020 at 9:42 pm

2020 Irish Poppy pins available

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I’m really pleased to see the announcement from the Royal British Legion Republic of Ireland District that this year’s Irish Poppy pin is now available. It’s a new design with the shamrock alongside the familiar red poppy together with the year “2020” on the poppy.

As the RBL said:

Suggested donation €3/pin + €3.50 p&p (up to 10 worldwide)
Use https://paypal.me/poppyireland?locale.x=en_US (PayPal account not required).

2000 Irish poppy pin next to a remembrance cross.

If anyone has any questions, please get in touch with Brian Crawford, Poppy Appeal Officer on rblpoppyireland@gmail.com

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October 2nd, 2020 at 6:15 pm