Taking Stock

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Duration: 35 minutes

Aled Jones discovers why Henry Olonga sacrificed his cricketing career. Aled also helps with animal stocktaking at London Zoo and introduces hymns for Lent and Only Boys Aloud in St John's Wood.

Music Played

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  • Image for Praise To The Holiest

    Praise To The Holiest Choirs and Congregation of St Mark's Church, Maida Vale

    Tune: Gerontius, Music: J.B Dykes, Words: John Henry Newman, Arranged and Conducted by: Paul Leddington Wright, Organist: David Thorne performed by members of St Mark’s Congregation

  • Image for There’s A Wideness In God’s Mercy

    There’s A Wideness In God’s Mercy Choirs and Congregation of St Mark's Church, Maida Vale

    Tune: Coverdale, Music: Maurice Bevan Words: F.W Faber, Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright, Organist: David Thorne performed by members of St Mark’s Congregation

  • Image for Ave Verum Corpus

    Ave Verum Corpus St Mark's Church Choir

    Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Conductor: Tansy Castledine, Organist: David Thorne performed by St Mark’s Church Choir

  • Image for The Lord’s Prayer

    The Lord’s Prayer Only Boys Aloud

    Music: Albert Hay Malotte, Arranged and conducted by Tim Rhys-Evans, performed by Only Boys Aloud

  • Image for Beauty For Brokenness

    Beauty For Brokenness Choirs and Congregation of St Mark's Church, Maida Vale

    Music and words: Graham Kendrick Arranged and Conducted by: Paul Leddington Wright, Organist: David Thorne performed by members of St Mark’s Congregation

  • Image for I Will Sing The Wondrous Story

    I Will Sing The Wondrous Story Choirs and Congregation of St Mark's Church, Maida Vale

    Tune: Hyfrodol Music: R.H. Prichard Words: Francis Harold Rowley, Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright, Organist: David Thorne performed by members of St Mark’s Congregation

  • Factsheet for Sunday the 10th of February 2013

    St John's Wood is home to Lord's Cricket Ground, Abbey Road Studios, the Regent's Canal, London Zoo and a wealth of faith communities each with their own place of worship. To the west is Maida Vale and the canal junction known as Little Venice. Blue plaques in the area include those of waxwork-maker Marie (Madame) Tussaud, scientific pioneer Alan Turing, and musician Sir Thomas Beecham. The zebra crossing outside Abbey Road studios was made famous by The Beatles and is visited daily by tourists and fab-four-pilgrims. This week's hymns are recorded in St Mark's Church, Hamilton Terrace.

  • Background Information

    Here is some further details about the stories in this episode;

    What is Lent?

    Local children explain some of the traditions which mark the start of Lent, which represents the 40 days and nights Jesus spent in the desert before his crucifixion. 'Shrove' of Shrove Tuesday comes from 'shrive' - to repent of one's sins. Pancake Day comes from the tradition of using up food before the 40-day* fast. For the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday, tradition was to mark a sign of the cross on the forehead using ash. *From Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday is actually 46 days, but Sundays are not counted.

    The Regent's Canal

    The Regent's Canal runs just north of central London. Once used as a commercial trade route it is now used by boat-dwellers and residents seeking solace. At its western end is the area now known as Little Venice, a wide expanse of water populated by wildlife. Local history suggests one of two poets, Byron or Browning, gave Little Venice its name. Fellow Christians Dave and Kelvin are skippers of the narrowboat 'Tarporley', run by the Camden Canals and Narrowboat Association. They both use canal trips as a time to slow down, pray, and reflect on life.

    St John's Wood

    Almost 30 years ago, during Lent, St John's Wood resident Elizabeth Maxwell was walking out with her young son. She had lost almost all her sight and needed his help to get around. She found herself desperate to get back to church after many years away, and the experience led to a spiritual homecoming. Today, determined not to give in to the isolation of sight loss, she holds tea parties with others who face isolation.

    London Zoo

    Once a year in winter London Zoo conducts its stocktake where every animal must be accounted for. This helps the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) with its conservation work. Zookeeper Rob Harland, who lives on site, has been in love with animals since the age of three and says he feels humbled by the natural world. He points out the importance of taking stock all year round and the uniqueness of every individual animal. He says he learns patience and grace from working with them.

    Henry Olonga

    Former Zimbabwe international Henry Olonga played for his country at Lord's in 1999 but it was the 2003 cricket World Cup in Zimbabwe and South Africa which led to his notoriety. With fellow countryman Andrew Flower (now England's coach) and inspired by his faith, he took a public stand against the regime of Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe. The black-armband protest led to death threats and the sacrifice of his international career. He was forced to leave the country and he began a new life in the UK sharing his faith in Christian concerts.

  • Performers

    Only Boys Aloud was started by Only Men Aloud, to encourage singing among young men across South Wales. The choir made up of approximately 175 young men aged 14 – 19 who rehearse weekly in local Only Boys Aloud Choirs stretching from Cross Hands to Cwmbran and Treorchy to Caerphilly. They come together to rehearse and perform as a mega-choir at regular intervals. The boys are mentored and trained by nine Team Captains who are members of Only Men Aloud and also supported by volunteer Community Leaders.

  • Location

    St Mark’s Church, Hamilton Terrace was consecrated by the Bishop of London in 1847. The current vicar is The Revd Aidan Platten.

Credits

Presenter
Aled Jones
Producer
Pamela Hossick
Series Editor
David Taviner
Executive Producer
Tommy Nagra

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