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 Borough Dean of Ashton. 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.

18 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.

  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 .
    Mrs James and year 5

  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

  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

  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


  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.

    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.


    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


    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



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