Several people have shown interest in the new thurible in use for the last few Sundays, while the old one is being repaired by Hendersons, the local blacksmith (many years ago George Henderson made the paschal candle stand). Thuribles are frequently hugely expensive and not infrequently very ugly; the new one – at present on long-term loan to All Saints’ – is neither. One thing it is, is heavy, being constructed from cast brass and brass curb chain. Curb chain, frequently used in jewellery as well as in horse tack, has twisted, closely-knit links, so that opening and closing the thurible makes less noise. More links = less noise = more weight. For those who have asked where we got it, Holy Art Religious Items (https://www.holyart.co.uk/) is an Italian-based firm selling wholly online with craft suppliers in many parts of Europe. Our serving team is impressed, the congregation seems to like it a lot, so the Rector is pleased with it too. Weight-training is not currently part of the sanctuary teams’ preparations but …