Contact
Streaming
Map
 
Enriching lives

Tolpuddle & Corbyn

Home » News » Tolpuddle & Corbyn

Today was the day that Jeremy Corbyn told me I was beautiful. Actually I think he was referring to my speech when he turned to me and said "beautiful", but I was touched nonetheless.

I was at the annual Tolpuddle Festival, organised by the union movement in memory of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, six men who were transported to Australia for starting a union in 19th century Dorset. Five of the six men were members and preachers at the local Methodist church. As a result, the Methodist Church is accorded an extraordinary place within the celebrations.

Wreaths were laid at the grave of James Hammett, the sole martyr who is buried in Tolpuddle (the others returned to England after they were reprieved but eventually emigrated to Canada). I was invited, as the representative of the Methodist Church, to lay the first wreath and talk about the role of the martyrs' faith in their struggle for justice (this was the speech that the Labour leader liked).

For more on this story from our Methodist Vice President, click here.

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

Thought For
Rev. Richard Atkinson: Sat 12 Jun 5:00am

Resurrection is the theme today, as Richard concludes our week of looking at 1 Corinthians. Today, it is chapter 15.The Resurrection of Christ1 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed...

Thought For
Geoff Short: Fri 11 Jun 5:00am

Geoff reflects on worship and 1 Corinthians 14.Intelligibility in Worship1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. 2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. 3 But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and...

Thought For
Pete Honeyball: Thu 10 Jun 5:00am

Love is Pete's theme with this beautiful chapter of 1 Corinthians 13.Love Is Indispensable1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all...