Revd Roger Farnworth

14322248_10207222085490588_5929327672904326664_n.jpgI am a Church of England minister in Manchester Diocese in the UK, Team Rector of the Parish of the Good Shepherd, Ashton-under-Lyne, until 2016, I was Area Dean of Ashton and I am now the Bishop of Manchester’s Borough Dean of Tameside. You’ll find here posts which relate to my ministry under the menu tab ‘Ashton-under-Lyne’.

In the Autumn of 2013 my wife Jo and I were able to enjoy a 3 month sabbatical. We spent the first 3 weeks in Uganda, had a month on pilgrimage around Celtic Christian sites on the coast of Ireland and Scotland and then spent  4 weeks reading. You can follow our joint blog here: Jo and Roger’s Sabbatical Blog

Over the years I have had an interest in Honour and Shame as pivotal values in other cultures and on the effect of shame on individuals and groups in our own culture. On sabbatical I was exploring what the gospel has to say to those who experience debilitating shame – a subject that formed the basis of my MA dissertation.

As my reading continues, I hope to be able to write a substantial enhancement on the MA dissertation.

You’ll also notice in the menu an option to explore one of my other interests which is railways, model and full size.  This has become a very popular part of the website.

39 thoughts on “Revd Roger Farnworth

    1. rogerfarnworth Post author

      Dear Chris

      Thank you. I am gradually adding comments, as days go by, on the theme of Shame and Honour, the Gospel and the Cross. I have already posted a copy of my MA dissertation from College on the blog which you should be able to access and I have provided a more up-to-date bibliography as well. Gradually more bits and pieces will appear.

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  1. Mrs james

    Rev Farnworth, we are looking into the history of St Jamess church in year 5, Can you offer us any help and information? Age of the stained glass windows, who was the very first reverend etc .
    Thanks
    Mrs James and year 5

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  2. Alek Adamski

    Hi Roger, it was suggested I contact you regarding the modelling of a joint friend we had in Ian Hibbert. I am the new custodian of the Macclesfield layout and wondered if you could help me with a couple of questions please? Thanks, Alek

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  3. Alek Adamski

    Hi Roger, When Ian sadly passed away his CAD drawings for the Macc layout were lost apart from a few snippets he gave me. I wondered if you had any he might have shared. Mark Henshaw suggested you might. Thanks very much, Alek

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  4. rogerfarnworth Post author

    Hi Alek

    No, Ian did not let me have Cad drawings. Mark is remembering my own work and the work of my sadly deceased father-in-law who have sdone similar work on Hereford’s station buildings. I was always impressed with Ian’s work and would have loved to have had access to the CAd drawings.

    I am sorry that I cannot help.

    Best wishes

    Roger

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  5. Andy Steele

    Hi Roger. We don’t know each other but your work on the railways of Provence has just added value to my annual trip to the bay of St Tropez. My late wife and I holidayed down there for many years but when she passed away I started getting there by a different route….flying to Nice and then using public transport. It astounded me that it was so difficult to get to St Tropez without a car or boat and I felt there must have been something else because St Tropez was popular long before the arrival of Bardot. I suspected there must have been a railway link of some sort but info about it is rarer than hen’s teeth, especially in the area itself. I’m not exaggerating when I say your articles may now be the only contemporary account of the line in the world. This June I will be searching for as much physical evidence as I can find. Ironically my wife and I often walked or cycled the path between Port Grimaud and St Tropez never realising we were actually walking the site of an old railway line. Not a difficult thing to do in all honesty. Where I live, we have The Wirral Way…a 12 mile shared path on the Wirral which is identifiable as an old railway line only by it’s bridges and one old preserved station. By the way, I have no particular interest in railways per se….I just enjoy the past!
    Incidentally, we do share one thing…religion in Ashton under Lyne. My maternal family were from Dukinfield. The Stanleys. My 4 x great uncle was John Stanley who got caught up with John Wroe and bankrolled the cost of building the Christian Israelite Sanctuary in Church St, Ashton. I don’t know whether it’s still there. The church as an organisation decamped to Australia after Wroe was discredited. Small world.
    Many thanks for your articles.
    Andy Steele.

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    1. rogerfarnworth Post author

      Hi Andy

      Thank you for your message. I am glad to have been of some assistance.

      The Christian Israelite Sanctuary is long gone. The only real remnants of the settlement is a building that was intended to be on of the corners of the wall that Wrote intended would surround the town.

      As you can probably tell from my blog. The metre-gauge lines which used to criss-cross France real interest me. We have also loved holidaying in Provence and around Nice, usually self-catering in relatively cheap accommodation.

      Best wishes for the New Year.

      Roger

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    1. rogerfarnworth Post author

      Dear Michael,

      I’d be really happy to include full details of the Preservation Society and will add this to each of the posts I produce on the line. It would be really good if you were able to say exactly what you would like me to include.

      Best wishes

      Roger

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    2. rogerfarnworth Post author

      Dear Michael

      It may help if I clarify a couple of things. I have never been to Dromod.

      The posts I have produced so far have come from reading books, looking at pictures and at Google Earth and Google Streetview. This is true of many of my posts.

      It is a hobby which I share with others. I hope that by doing so I increase interest in the things that I look at.

      Best wishes

      Roger

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  6. Will Davis-Coleman

    Hi Roger,

    I love your articles on the West Clare Railway! I am a researcher working on an Irish railway documentary for Whitworth Media. I am on the hunt for any photographs of Moyasta Junction that we might be able to use in our film, I see that you reference Roger Joanes under many of the pictures – do you have any contact details for him by any chance?

    Any and all help would be greatly appreciated! I hope to hear from you soon.

    Kind regards,

    Will Davis-Coleman

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    1. rogerfarnworth Post author

      Hi Will

      Thank you for the positive feedback.

      Sorry, I have no contact for Roger Joanes. His Flickr stream designates his photos as being OK for sharing in the way I have done as bit all rights are reserved.

      Best wishes

      Roger

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      1. Will Davis-Coleman

        Hi Roger,

        No worries at all about details for Roger Joanes – I just thought I would check!

        Thanks for getting back to me so quickly and enjoy your weekend.

        Best wishes

        Will

  7. midihideaways

    Dear Roger,
    A friend came across your article about the railway line from Saint-Chinian to Beziers! The fact that the railway line existed is fairly common knowledge in the village, but your article is wonderfully detailed and makes fascinating reading!! The comparative pictures showing then and now are absolutely fantastic! The greenway from Saint-Chinian to Reals is just about to be finished, it’ll be great to be able to follow the trace of the old line when it gets a little cooler!
    I write a blog about Saint-Chinian and area at midihideaways.wordpress.com and I wonder if you would allow me to share some or all of your content with my readers?
    Kind regards,
    Andreas

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  8. VS

    Dear Roger,
    I’m wondering if you can help with these questions?
    1 Do you know how many spirals there would have been between Mombasa and Kampala in the 1950s?
    2 There was a token exchange system. Would this have been for all sections between stations? Or only where there were loops and spirals?
    3 I think there were signals as well. How exactly would the two (tokens and signals) have interacted?
    4 Do you know if it is possible to get a printable photo of the train crossing the Nile Bridge at Jinja?
    5 Do you know when the lower section of the Nile Bridge was removed? (Which year?)
    Thank you for your help, and I look forward to hearing from you.
    VS

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      1. VS

        Thank you! Please don’t go to a lot of trouble, and please ignore Q4! I’m not a railway buff — I’m just trying to clarify and write down some childhood memories and was hoping that, as you had so carefully recorded the highlights of your journey up from the coast, you might have come across these aspects. The only reference I’ve been able to find to tokens is an Australian clip on YouTube. And I’ve scanned lots of articles and reports but not one mentions exactly when the road section of the Nile Bridge was removed.

  9. rogerfarnworth Post author

    Hi VS, the token exchange system will have been used across the network to avoid accidents. The system is used on single track sections of railways across the world. All of these situations that I can think of also have signals.

    Tokens give a train assurance that it will not meet another mainline train heading in the opposite direction. Signals control specific movements, for instance shunting movements across the line by another locomotive, at grade road crossings that because of traffic levels might need crossing gates. The signals will deal other traffic control matters as well, so in the block section before a train running on a particular line advance signals will be set to caution to ensure that a train driver knows that the next signal will require them to stop the train.

    I hope this helps. I didn’t count the spirals but I believe that I did not miss one.

    Best wishes

    Roger

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  10. Gordon McCalmont

    I have just read your article on the Harbour Junction in King’s Lynn of which my research was prompted by a posting on a Facebook page. Until that posting I didn’t even know about the Harbour Junction but after reading your blog and a few other sites I now realise I know almost exactly where it was. Thank you for your efforts which I intend to share in full on the original Facebook posting.
    Coincidentally the name Roger Farnworth is very familiar to me. What are the chances?

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    1. rogerfarnworth Post author

      Hi Gordon, I was at the Grammar School in King’s Lynn in the 1970s, leaving to go to Manchester University in 1978. It seems a very long time ago now. I cannot remember your name but then I am nearly 60 years old now!

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      1. Gordon McCalmont

        I remember you from school. I’m sure we were in the same year but in different circles. I was usually know as Mac and was a runner and swimmer. Nothing much outstanding about me to jog your memory. A very good article by the way. Started reading the one on the docks and forgot to have breakfast. I never cease to be amazed at the number of people who research King’s Lynn history and what they find.
        Thank you for your research.

  11. Simon Newton

    Dear Roger

    I am researching for a documentary on the Uganda Railway for Whitworth Media (it looks like a colleague of mine previously commented here with a similar enquiry!) and I hoped to ask you about a couple of images I have seen here about the Tsavo Bridge construction,

    There are two images on your blog showing the bridge mid-construction, one showing Colonel Patterson by the bridge. We are desperate to find the source of these photographs to use them in our programme and wondered if you had any information?

    Many thanks, and thank you for your excellent blog which has been a great source of help to us during our research.

    Best wishes,
    Simon.

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      1. Simon Newton

        Hi Roger, very sorry to hear you are in hospital. Please don’t put go to any trouble on my account, but yes thats the image I’m looking for. Have also contacted the writer of another blog Theeagora.com who I think may be the online source at least..

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