|Hand-carved sticks at the Bellingham Show|
So Aidan was sent in his place, taught the people effectively about God's love for them, was given a splendid horse by King Oswin to help him in his travels, promptly gave it away to the first beggar he met and ended up a bishop on Lindisfarne.
On the night that he died in 651, the shepherd boy, Cuthbert, had a vision of a soul being carried in a bright light up to heaven.
So I thought we would have a picture of the Northumbrian sticks, the shepherds' crooks for St Cuthbert...More about him tomorrow.
Our festival walk along our local St Cuthbert's Trail begins with breakfast at Elsdon at 8.30 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday), barbecue at Corsenside from 12 noon, tea at Bellingham about 5.30 p.m.