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THE WHITSUN RAME PICNIC TO ST. MICHAEL`S CHAPEL - RAME HEAD

SUNDAY JUNE 3rd  2001

   

From The Church of St. Germanus, Parish of Maker with Rame

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Lord on Earth at Rame Barton,  Lord in Heaven at Rame Church

 

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Since the end of the Second World War, and very possibly in the years before it's outbreak, it was a tradition of the good people of Maker with Rame to set out from Rame Church each Whit Sunday, stroll up past the coast guard houses, past the look out and on to the headland, ascending Rame Head to give service to God and the stunningly crude, yet most haunting St.Micheal`s Chapel.

In years past there would have been a fine crowd. These days with demographic changes, and a different society in which the Church seems to be playing a less wide spread role, numbers are reduced.

On a glorious blue skied Sunday afternoon we met at Rame Church at 3pm and proceeded - keyboard under arm to the Chapel.

Those of you who know Rame will know that it is a place of immense history, to the susceptible, or the openhearted, this sense of history is truly alive. The crowd that climbed to the summit were walking in the footsteps of our ancestors and as their song rang out of the open Chapel windows and mingled with the sea breeze that swayed the briars, timelessness is the only word that even slightly comes to mind.

Thanks are due to the Rev. Robin Doyle.

THE SERVICE

Robin hands out the Order of Service

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Robin reads his Sermon at the open Chapel window. His sermon built on this theme of standing on the shoulders of history. As Robin said, in front of us, in the sea in front of the Chapel had sailed so much history, Sir Francis Drake, to the D-Day forces, yet the wind still blows and the sea's waves still lap just the same.

THE PICNIC AT THE CHAPEL

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LEAVING THE HEADLAND

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AT THE COAST GUARD LOOK OUT

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A TIMELESS SCENE IN THE LANE BY THE COAST GUARD COTTAGES

ANOTHER TIMELESS SCENE AT RAME CHURCH ....1........2.........3......

pigs sleep in the sun near Rame Church

a view of Rame Church from "Hats and Bonnets Lane."

the black mass of Tregantle Fort seen from the approach to the coast road

St.John`s Lake and Devonport seen from in front of the Fort, a slightly different angle of same

 

on the picnic we talked of some of the fortifications that once existed on the headland, so I dug out these images from 1970 showing a bunker type construction and the elevated observation positions on the headland itself    (bigger image here)

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