Silent Sunday……. Doves for Peace


8000 White Paper “Peace Doves” have been used to create an a very different Art Installation at Derby Cathedral. It is the work of Artist and Sculptor Peter Walker.  The installation is on tour of the UK and on display here, above the Nave of Derby Cathedral, till the 12th June.



It has been an interactive display and messages of Peace have been added by School Children and other community groups, all part of Derby Cathedrals Community Initiatives

Just as a footnote.  The Doves really are white, the purple colour is from the backlights. I also believe at some of the larger Cathedrals there have been up to 18000 Doves.  It is a very different art installation, concept great and very evocative, the number of Doves can be overpowering ….. but a very appropriate statement for our current World problems.

As always……  This Sunday and everyday…….

Please Remember ….

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

22nd May

(C) David Oakes 2022

Silent Sunday……. a change in the weather

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Castle Stalker and Loch Linnhe, Scotland.  Sometimes tranquil, sometimes stormy, but always spectacular.

Its Sunday, relax… and whatever your weather….

Please Remember ….

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

8th May

(C) David Oakes 2022

Silent Sunday…… A New Month


May Day. If the old saying rings true, that those April Showers bring forth May Flowers, then we can look forward to an increasingly colour packed month ahead.

New month, New hopes, New Opportunities….but as always

Please Remember ….

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

1st May

(C) David Oakes 2022

Silent Sunday….. Two for One


The Parish Church of St. George, Ticknall, Derbyshire

St. George is not an old church, relatively young, being built in 1842.  But it was built on land adjacent to the original Parish Church, of which the remains of a buttress and tower can still be seen.

The 1700’s and early 1800’s were one of prosperity and an increase in the Ticknall’s population.  The congregation outgrowing the old church. The then Lord of the manor, Sir George Crewe, who had prospered from the community’s prosperity, purchased a large amount of ground that surrounded the old church.  It was on this very spacious ground that St. Georges was constructed.


The light and spacious interior, still traditional, has a more modern style than older churches


There is also a “Preaching Post” in one corner of the Church grounds.  I believe it pre-dates the original church. but I have no confirmed date… it was also moved here from a previous location in the village.


From this viewpoint by the Preaching Post, a winding path takes you past one of the old buttresses to the Porch of St. George…… markers of three different religious periods in the history of Ticknall.

Sunday, time to plan the week ahead…. the last week in April.  Yes, another month of what seems a fast-moving year nearly consigned to history.  But as always….

Please Remember ….

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

24th April

(C) David Oakes 2022