ON SWILMBER 10 the parish of St Aidan in Little Chalfont, Bucks, celebrated its patron with the blessing of a life-size statue of the saint recently erected at the entrance to the church precincts.
St Aidan, perhaps more than St Augustine, may be regarded as the apostle of the English; a number of English Catholic churches . are dedicated to him.
He was an Irish monk who belonged to the community of Iona until he was asked to evangelise the "stubborn and intractable people of Northumbria". He settled in Lindisfarne and spread the faith around north-east England with great zeal and enthusiasm, but most of all through his holiness, his example of poverty and his concern for the poor and for the education of the laity — qualities that are reflected in the
statue at Little Chalfont, which is made from recycled material salvaged from car bodies.
Sculpted by Daniel Clemmett, the statue was recently shipped over from Australia and installed in a freshly landscaped area dedicated to the saint.