Tim Buckley

Priest in Charge Loves church pioneering, family, guitars, Macs, jeeps and Jesus, not necessarily in that order...

Time for a makeover?

As Christmas fades into last year and the New Year begins, many of us look with a sense of dread to our waistlines and bank balances – knowing with certainty that only one of them will have diminished. Of course at this time of year, with its fresh


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

I can tell it’s nearly December for as price-slashed pumpkins are gradually edged from the shelves, snowmen, chocolate elves and tinsel immediately fill the void. Yes, the Advent season is about to begin, and with it, John Lewis launches its now fa


Remember, remember the 5th of November…

November for me as a child always meant the wild excitement of bonfires, sparklers, fireworks, bangers with soup and “a penny for the guy!” Of course, the story of its origins held little interest beyond the fascination of a plot to blow up the k


Tim reflects on his first year as vicar…

It seems hard to believe that as October arrives, we are about to celebrate my one year anniversary as Vicar of this parish; and what a fantastic year it has been! For my part, it’s been a real year of listening and learning, of unexpected new joys


09. What I miss most when I’m on holiday…

Holidays are such wonderful times; getting away from the phone and email, time spent with loved ones, perhaps finding some sunshine and space to relax and maybe read a book. Of course it’s always hard when holidays come to an end, but for me, the t


08. I’m dreaming of a summer holiday…

As July sweeps into August with the sun making sporadic appearances, I’m increasingly finding myself subconsciously thinking about double decker buses and whistling bursts of “Summer Holiday”. As many of us perhaps dream of setting off to find


07. I love holidays, weddings and parties…

And so, with roadworks complete, the sun in the sky, and long school holidays beckoning, Widcombe welcomes the arrival of July. For most clergy, July brings with it a flurry of summer weddings; brides and grooms hoping for glorious sunshine and famil


06. Flaming June and the end of the roadworks…?

And so another month arrives and with it the Summer! When I was young I always remember my mother referring to this month as “Flaming June”, which of course, because this is Britain, originally had nothing to do with a guarantee of early summer h


05. Month of love, romance (and my birthday)…

I really love the month of May (not least of all because it contains my birthday) but more importantly, it often seems to be the time of year when the warmer weather truly begins and flowers and trees fully start to bloom. It’s often said to be a t