Silent Sunday…… Off to Church


January sunshine illuminates the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Derby.

All Saints was promoted to Cathedral status in 1927, so fairly new as English Cathedrals go, but the original religious heritage was established in the 10th century.

The Cathedral is also the home of the famous Bakewell Rood Screen, a masterpiece of the craftsman’s art in iron.


All Saints Church was also the chosen final resting place, of perhaps the second most important Elizabethan Woman in England after Queen Elizabeth I….  namely Elizabeth, countess of Shrewsbury (c1522-1608) more popularly known as Bess of Hardwick.


Whatever you are doing this Sunday and indeed for the rest of the week….

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

23rd January

(C) David Oakes 2022

Silent Sunday……… Off to Church at Ilam


The first of the Snowdrops sheltering beneath the church wall of the Holy Cross Church, Ilam,  Staffordshire

This Sunday and everyday……

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

16th January

(C) David Oakes 2022

Silent Sunday…. Off to Church


As the weather is far from sunny and bright this Sunday, I delved into the archive to bring you some Sun.

Saint Martins Church, Martin Dale, Nr. Ullswater, Cumbria 

It is small and very rustic…. but full of charm.  Built around 1635, in this secluded Lake District Dale, it is well worth a visit.  Pass below the Bell Tower and step inside to view the immaculately cared for interior.  One room with a stone flagged floor.  Simple, yet still very welcoming.



I hope this little church basking in sunshine brought a little sunshine to your Sunday.

Wherever you are and whatever your weather…… as always….

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

9th January

(C) David Oakes 2022


Silent Sunday…. A Guardian of the Past


The Parish Church of Kilmartin, Kilmartin Glen, Argyll, Scotland

The Gothic style Parish Church dates from 1835, but like so many of our churches is built upon a site of a much earlier Religious location.

But it is the Memorial and Carved Stone Grave markers that make Kilmartin special. This highland graveyard is now the guardian of a remarkable collection of Christian and Medieval stones. Many Stones gathered from the surrounding area. brought to Kilmartin for safe keeping. Some of the stones so precious that they are housed in their own stone building.



It is easy to admire and wonder at the skill of these stone masons, and the amount of time it would have taken to sculpt each illustration……   but standing in the shadow of the Church of Kilmartin you cannot help but absorb the spirit of the stones, speaking from a long gone age.

We start a New Year still surrounded by concern… so as always

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

2nd January

(C) David Oakes 2022


Silent Sunday….. Understated Beauty

Torshavn Cathedral

Havnar Kirkja, Torshavn.

The Cathedral of the Faroes

A heavenly blue sky dotted with stars, looks down on this simple understated yet beautiful church.

Wherever you are in the World this Sunday…..

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

5th December

(C) David Oakes 2021