The son of a former St Marie’s bell ringer, who rang at the Cathedral for more than 20 years, had the centenary of his death during the First World War marked by a memorial peal, lasting more than three hours. Arthur Ward was killed on 1 July, 1917, during an attack on German defences near the French city of Arras. He was the fifth son of Theresa and Henry Ward, who had begun ringing in 1888 and rang for 22 years at St Marie’s, where a Peal Board in the ringing chamber records he was among those to ring a muffled peal to mark the interment of Queen Victoria in the Royal Mausoleum on February 4 1901. Arthur – a silver finisher – and his brothers all followed Henry as bell ringers. However, they all rang at St John’s Anglican Church in the Ranmoor district of Sheffield and it is there that a memorial peal was rung on Saturday, 1 July, followed by a quarter peal on the Sunday. Arthur’s death is commemorated in St John’s ringing chamber by a brass plaque, which records that he was killed at Gavrelle, a village six miles north east of Arras. Both Arthur and his brother Maurice were Privates in the York and Lancaster Regiment, while their eldest brother, Alfred, served as a driver with the Sheffield-based 3rd West Riding Royal Field Artillery, which also saw action in France. Arthur sailed to France in November 1916 to join the Yorks and Lancaster’s 14th Battalion – also known as the 2nd Barnsley Pals. On 26 June, Arthur’s Battalion was at Sainte Catherine-lès-Arras, to the North West of the city of Arras, getting ready to move east to capture the German-held Cadorna trenches, north of the village of Gavrelle, and Oppy Wood. The one acre wood, west of the village of the same name, had been fortified and contained many German observation posts, machine-guns and trench-mortars. An attack on the wood in May had been repulsed with many British casualties, but the new attack proved more successful. Although Arthur’s battalion suffered what were described as “unusually low casualties,” he was one of those to die following the action. He now lies with 3,000 casualties of the First World War and 20 from the Second World War, who are buried at the ‘Orchard Dump Cemetery’ on the D 919, to the North West of Oppy. Arthur Ward was posthumously awarded the British War and Victory Medals, which were given to his mother. Arthur’s father, Henry, had died the year before, at the age of 59, but Arthur was survived by his mother, his two sisters, Elsie and Mary, and his four brothers.
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Marie Ann Casey tells us, “On a very hot Sunday afternoon recently, Hallamshire Faith and Light Group, along with former members and representatives of retired Faith and Light Communities, came together to celebrate their Twentieth Anniversary in the Mother of God Parish Hall, Sheffield. “We were really grateful to Fr Tom Goonan SM, our loyal Chaplain for sixteen years, who made the long journey from Walsingham in order to celebrate Mass for us. We were very happy to welcome Fr Donal Lucy from Harrogate; our National Chaplain. It was good to get together and share stories from the past two decades.”
Barnsley Circle welcomed Dr Clare Farrington to their June Circle meeting and presented her with a cheque for £1300 for the Barnsley Hospice Trust. Clare is a consultant with the Hospice and a parishioner of Sacred Heart, Hillsborough, Sheffield. The photograph shows (left to right) Andrew Hartley, current President of Barnsley Circle and fellow parishioner, Dr Clare and Mike Starford, last year’s Circle President and parishioner of St Martin de Porres, Wakefield. Cheques from the Catenian Bursary Fund were also presented to two pupils from St Pius X School, Wath upon Dearne, at the School, to help them both participate as volunteers accompanying those who took part in this year’s Lourdes Hallam Diocese Annual Pilgrimage. Why not consider joining the ‘Catenian Association’ with local Circles in Sheffield, Barnsley and Doncaster within Hallam Diocese. Just ‘google’ ‘The Catenians’ for further information.
Fourteen people from Diocesan schools and Hallam Caring Services have recently completed Mental Health First Aid Training. This will equip them to identify early signs of a mental health issue and give them the confidence to provide initial help to those experiencing it. Juliett Barrott, Counsellor in the Diocesan Caring Services Schools and Community Service Team, delivered the training to staff from All Saints Catholic High School, Sheffield, McAuley Catholic High School, Doncaster and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Rossington. They are pictured above with the Hallam Caring Services Team.
Sue McDermott, former headteacher of St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, Bircotes, National Director and voluntary Non-Executive Director of Rainbows, has been awarded the OBE. The honour recognises a lifetime of service to education and particularly for her outstanding impact in supporting children and young people grieving a significant and often devastating loss in their lives. Sue has supported grieving children and young people for twenty five years in a range of roles: as a bereavement support facilitator, co-ordinator, regional development worker, National Director and now voluntary Non-Executive Director and Trustee of Rainbows Bereavement Support GB. This national charity now operates in over 1,260 schools throughout Great Britain, and continues to expand. For 25 years she has listened to those grieving; given hope where there was despair; calmed the angry; challenged the depressed and encouraged and supported acceptance of the loss and belief in life itself. Her practical experience and expertise, her depth of understanding, empathy, personal warmth and wisdom which she has openly shared with those grieving, have had a huge impact on the thousands of lives she has touched. In accepting the award Sue said, “I’m delighted to accept this honour on behalf of Rainbows and everyone who contributes to our important work for grieving children and young people. “From my own personal experience I’ve always acknowledged that the loss of someone significant in our lives has massive life changing implications. It’s so very important that all those grieving have the opportunity to express their feelings to someone they trust in a safe, secure setting. “To be able to help grieving children and young people express their feelings and develop coping strategies is essential. Every grieving child and young person needs to be understood and supported appropriately. Not to do so may well have a negative impact on their mental health and general well-being. That’s why I’m so delighted to accept the honour – Rainbows matters!” Further details of Rainbows Bereavement Support GB are available on http://www.rainbowsgb.org/.
Martin and Catherine Hamstead of Corpus Christi Parish, Wombwell, Barnsley, were presented with a Papal Blessing by Fr Martin Stone on the occasion of their Golden Wedding Anniversary on 3 June.
Gerald and Pat Deakin, who were married at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Athersley, Barnsley in June, 1967, are pictured receiving their Papal Blessing from Fr Stan Maciuszek at St Mary’s, Penistone on the occasion of their Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary.
Fr Stan Maciuszek presents John and Helen Civico with their Papal Blessing at St Mary’s, Penistone on the occasion of their Golden Wedding Anniversary.
On Wednesday, 31 May, a group of volunteers, including Fr Chris Posluszny, gathered to say a huge “Thank You” to Laura Claveria, St Marie’s Cathedral Heritage Engagement and Learning Officer. Over the last two and a half years, as part of Heritage Lottery Funding, Laura has worked with volunteers to promote the Cathedral and the many things it can offer. These include guided tours for adults and schools, exhibitions in both the Central Library and the Cathedral, new guide books, stewarding during the day and a number of outreach events. Fr Chris made a presentation and thanked her for her enthusiastic vision and her hard work and dedication. Everyone wished her well in her new job in Leeds. Pictured in the centre above wearing a white top, Laura is with many of St Marie’s volunteers and Fr Chris (front right).
Saturday, 20 May was a very special Christian Aid day at St Michael’s, Hathersage. We were delighted to welcome back forty five visitors from the Doncaster Conversation Club to our small church in the Hope Valley. They had visited us last September and clearly we hadn’t done too bad a job in welcoming them and plying them with both breakfast and lunch. Our visitors were young people, refugees from Afghanistan, Albania, Eritrea, Iran, Sudan, Vietnam, Pakistan, Ethiopia – and last but not least (and not quite so young) volunteers from Doncaster Conversation Club. It was lovely to see many familiar faces (and a very friendly dog) from last year and to welcome new friends. The Peak District National Park did us all proud by providing five Park Rangers, dressed in red, to guide a walk and make sure no-one got lost. Two young men, one on crutches and another in a wheel chair, put us to shame by completing more of the walk that anyone could have expected. The weather as always in the Peak District was not to be relied on. A short sharp shower as the group set off, and another as they neared the end of the walk, could have dampened spirits but only dampened coats. There was fun and laughter and cups of hot soup, sandwiches and cakes as the coats gently steamed on the pews. These are some quotes from the group: “Going to the Peak District gave me the opportunity to enjoy one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. I wanted to stay there. It was impossible to see anyone without smiling.” “The location of the Church is very pleasant and the beautiful situation seemed to make the people friendly and calm.” “The food was delicious and the people were so lovely.” “I liked everything and very good soup. The hills are like Sudan…” “I’m happy today because good time. I taste delicious foods. Good people here. Thank you so much.” These are lovely words but what our visitors maybe don’t realise is that they gave us much more than we gave them. We had the privilege not only of sharing their stories and their anxieties but of welcoming them into our hearts and our church in the beautiful Peak District. We so hope they will come again. Thanks must go to our Parish Priest, Fr Martin Clayton and to members of both Hope Valley parishes – Our Lady of Sorrows, Bamford and St Michaels’s for making all this possible. Maria Kenyon