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The Phillips Pictorial 2013 January



Snow, snow, snow – she doesn’t look happy, does she?

Wedding planning meetings with Em & Chris

Birthday celebrations with Emily’s speciality red velvet cake


A Benedictine Day at Durham Cathedral for Pete and Theresa… and Pete’s owl collection grew…


Outing to Hadrian’s Wall, in which a fall led to a broken flask, and meanwhile a dog became very muddy…

A weekend away with Julie and Steve Lomas in Robin Hood’s Bay.


…and a Spring Concert in which Edd did his first solo performance on bassoon and Sam did almost everything else!

The Birthday Girls – Emily (21) and Yvonne (70!) and Edd turns 15!!!

Time in Cornwall and Kids on Hols (doing exam prep, of course)


Pete begins filming for:


While Edd selfies his way to the Battlefields Pete & Theresa go to Lindisfarne on retreat and long walks Julie and Mike’s Wedding Schools out for summer…

Greeting long distance walkers for beachy refreshment

End of School for Sam

And a Picnic at Fountains

A 25th Wedding Anniversary while on holiday with friends in Scotland

Heading north for a family holiday in Scotland

Conquering Ben Nevis




While the kids head back to school/university,

Sam matriculates at Emmanuel College, Cambridge

#Digipilgrims celebrate, Theresa gets some refills (note the bags!)

Edd goes to scout camp


December The kids are coming home…

Some time in Bempton with the Firths

Sam comes home for Durham’s Lumiere Fest…

and we enjoy lots of blackberries!

Carol Services a plenty at Ushaw College and Durham Cathedral

and a trip to N. Ireland to see the McElderrys

While Edd heads off to Lyon, and a job interview with a difference for Emily (watch this space…) and a double outing to see …and Sam is 19! Shakespeare in Newcastle!

Now we are preparing to celebrate the greatest story ever told…

Happy Christmas to you all, Pete, Theresa, Emily, Sam, Edd and Grace!

An interesting year, full of lots of activity with the family and with some really good friends. We are looking forward so much to Em & Chris getting married in June 2014 -­‐ Chris is a great addition to the family and currently president of Derby CU – a born again graphic designer. We’ve spent lots of time with Chris’ parents exploring wedding venues and planning the big day in Derby on June 7th. Em seems very organized. She is doing great at uni; worship leading at church; preached for the first time this year; and has some exciting prospects for 2014. She has become a delightful and beautiful young lady! Oh, and they conquered Ben Nevis!!! Sam had an amazing year – Grade 8 Music Theory, offers from all his uni choices, winner of Durham Johnston Music Cup and Carter Cup, Quidditch Captain, did amazingly well in his A-­‐levels and secured a place at his first choice, Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He has settled into Cambridge life very well – lots of work, lots of late nights, lots of formals, friends and fun. He goes to Holy Trinity Church, and plays in Cambridge University Music Society Symphony Orchestra and lots of other musical things in his spare time – oh, and he has become a Frisbee fanatic!!! Oh, and he conquered Ben Nevis!!! Edd is rowing, volunteering, doing Explorers, and continuing to play his bassoon and saxophone – and is gadget mad! He is still interested in engineering and spent a week at Strathclyde Uni over the summer. He wants a kitten called Henry and a bike! Apparently, he has found life at home alone with mum and dad much more pleasurable than expected – no competition for the xbox and the tv being the prime benefit! He went to France late in the year on exchange and is looking forward to the return visit in the Spring. 2014, of course, brings GCSE exams!!! Oh, and he conquered Ben Nevis!!! Theresa continues to work for the Centre for Catholic Studies as the PA for Professor Paul Murray. The job seems to be growing alongside keeping the house going, running after the kids and trying to cope with Pete! Pete, well, it’s been a difficult year with ongoing issues with the church, fund raising for CODEC and struggling with his health. He’s supposed to be recuperating and writing but sadly finding it hard to concentrate on much at all. Old age, eh? Oh, and they both conquered Ben Nevis!!! Anyway, that’s our news…well done for getting this far. Pop in anytime…we’d love to see you xxx Address: Tel: Email:

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