Herald - Issue 458

Page 32 • The HERALD • 30th May 2024 v READ THE HERALD ONLINE: www.herald-publishing.co.uk v • Consumer Unit Replacements • Full / partial Rewires • Summerhouse Supplies • New Circuits Installed • Extensions & New Builds • Fault finding Contact Mike on: 023 8048 0818 07796 710581 mctelectrical74@gmail.com For all your electrical needs WILLIS DECORATING & JOINERY SERVICES Est Since 1986 Interior & Exterior Painting & Decorating Wallpaper Hanging Hand-painted Kitchens & Spray Finishes Wardrobes, Bookcases, Radiator Covers Call David on 023 8084 9800 or 07946 048261 E: david.willis24@btinternet.com Rogation of the Seas Service Observed Aboard Steamship Shieldhall Steamship Shieldhall welcomed e Lord Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Valerie Laurent, and her Chaplain, Father Anthony Chiatu, who oversaw a ‘Rogation of the Seas’ service on Sunday 5th May, the 5th Sunday following Easter. e ‘Blessing of the Waters’ was revived a er many years of absence in the Port of Southampton in 2023 and was again this year conducted on Shieldhall’s open deck in the would be repeated in years to come. Her presence on board Shieldhall was most welcome as one of the Mayoral roles includes that of ‘Admiral of the Port’. Fittingly, some light rain fell as the service commenced, with Father Anthony re ecting the importance of water to Southampton in providing a recreational, business and natural resource, that should not be taken for granted. Rogation Sunday concluded with the ritual blessing of the waters, with the Chaplain’s request that we improve our stewardship of the sea and to note the symbolism of the service. Shieldhall Chairman Martin Phipps thanked Associated British Ports for accommodating Shieldhall within the Port. He noted that Shieldhall’s home of 110 Berth allowed the ship to host community events such as Rogation Sunday, together with their sailing programme, which continues on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June, with trips marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day. Father Anthony conducts the Rogation Sunday Service in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Southampton on board Steamship Shieldhall, Sunday 5th May (Photo: Brian Davies) heart of Southampton’s historic docks. Those assembled sang hymns including ‘Eternal Father Strong to Save’ and observed an address and prayer of thanks and blessing. An explanation of the history of Rogation Sunday was given by local See Southampton guide and Shieldhall volunteer Nigel Philpott, whilst readings were given by the Lord Mayor and Mayoral volunteer Elizabeth Challand. Local Southampton Sea Scouts provided a guard of honour for the 100 plus guests welcomed on board, whilst musical accompaniment was provided by the City of Southampton (Albion) Band and the Southampton Salty Sea Dogs. The Lord Mayor was delighted to see the ceremony take place, representing one of the nal acts of the mayoral year, and hoped that it