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Ditchling Open Gardens 14 th July 2013

Front cover: Lillies in one of the Ditchling Open Gardens, 14 th July 2013.


Vicar:

Churchwardens:

Readers:

DIRECTORY

The Revd David Wallis

The Vicarage, 2 Charlton Gardens,

Lewes Road, Ditchling, BN6 8WA

Andrew Martin

Keith Hine

St Margaret’s

(01273) 843165

(01273) 846123

(01273) 843370

Mike Sewell Streat Church (01273) 890366

Mark Moody-Stuart

Doreen Kallman

Richard Allen

Colyeen Blanchard

St Martin’s

(01273) 846525

(01273) 844743

(01273) 842919

(01273) 842243

Hon Treasurer: Mark Moody-Stuart (01273) 846525

Bookkeeper: Sue Sewell (01273) 890366

Hon Secretary: Margaret Bovill (01273) 845319

Stewardship Officer: tba

Organist: John Sandford St Margaret’s 07855 957644

Hon Organist: Lynette Walker Streat Church (01273) 891005

Parish office Email: admin@beaconparishes.org Phone: 01273 843165

The Beacon

Editor: Graham Sharpless (01273) 845368

Advertising

Managers:

Sue & George Hancock (01273) 890298

Distribution

Managers:

Jenny Bell

Margaret Moore

Ditchling

(01273) 843194

(01273) 843805

Paul Charman Streat & Westmeston (01273) 844743

Full membership of the PCC can be found on the website:

www.BeaconParishes.org

The Revd David Wallis’s day off is Friday

The Beacon Parish is a registered charity,

number 1132488

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The Beacon August 2013

The Magazine for the Parish of Ditchling, Streat & Westmeston

Contents

The Beacon Churches Calendar August 2013 ............................................................ 3

Fr David writes ............................................................................................................. 4

Beacon Parish Church Duties August 2013 .............................................................. 6

Prayer Diary – August 2013 ..................................................................................... 8

Bible Notes .............................................................................................................11

Beacon Parish News .................................................................................................. 13

Book Reviews, Instrument of Thy Peace by Alan Paton ...........................................15

News from Chichester Diocese ................................................................................. 16

What’s On in August 2013 ........................................................................................ 20

What’s On in September 2013 ................................................................................. 21

Ditchling Women’s Groups ....................................................................................... 22

Children and Young People ....................................................................................... 24

Village News ............................................................................................................... 27

Nature Corner ............................................................................................................ 36

The Beacon in the Past ..........................................................................................38

Weddings and Baptisms

To book a wedding or baptism in any of the Beacon Parish churches please see

the following pages on the Beacon Parish website. They include an online form

to apply for a wedding or baptism and some useful information.

• www.beaconparishes.org/weddings to book a wedding and for further

information about weddings including fees and a wedding pack.

• www.beaconparishes.org/baptisms to book a baptism and for further

information about baptisms.

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The Beacon Churches Calendar August 2013

Morning Prayer at Ditchling: Wednesday at 9.00 am

4 Sun TENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

Eucharist (BCP) Ditchling 8.00am

All Age Sung Eucharist Ditchling 9.45am

Morning Prayer Westmeston 9.45am

6 Wed Eucharist Ditchling 9.30am

11 Sun ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

Sung Eucharist Ditchling 9.45am

Morning Prayer Streat 9.45am

14 Wed Eucharist Ditchling 9.30am

18 Sun TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

Eucharist (BCP) Ditchling 8.00am

Morning Prayer Ditchling 9.45am

Eucharist Streat 9.45am

Eucharist Westmeston 6.00pm

21 Wed Eucharist Ditchling 9.30am

25 Sun THIRTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

The Beacon Eucharist Ditchling 9.45am

28 Wed Eucharist Ditchling 9.30am

Everyone is very welcome to attend any of the church services listed

above. You will be sure of a warm welcome. Coffee, tea and delicious

homemade cakes and/or biscuits are normally available after the Sunday

9.45 am services in St Margaret’s, Ditchling. We look forward to seeing

you there or at any of the other services in the Beacon Parish.

The Beacon Parish Office

Open on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings

9.30 am to 12 noon (the place to direct any enquiries)

01273 843165 email: admin@beaconparishes.org

www.beaconparishes.org

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Fr David writes

Dear Friends

Last month I wrote about St Swithin’s Day and the

prediction that whatever the weather is like on 15 th of July,

so the weather is set for the next forty days. Since then we

have been enjoying some glorious weather so perhaps

there is more to the legend than we had previously

thought! Can the legend of St Swithin really be true? Well

who knows? But what we do know is that when we recall the lives and

achievements of great men and women from the past, it can often inspire us to

follow their examples today.

In August, we hold the annual commemorations of three such people: William

Wilberforce, Mary Sumner and William Booth. These three were each inspired

through their faith in God to do great works for others and have left lasting

legacies that have changed the world.

William Wilberforce led the campaign to abolish slavery. On Sunday 28 th

October 1787, Wilberforce wrote in his diary: ‘God Almighty has set before me

two great objects, the suppression of the slave trade and the Reformation of

society.’ For the rest of his life, Wilberforce worked relentlessly opposing the

slave trade. Sadly, Wilberforce didn’t live to see the accomplishment of his life’s

work as he died a month before the House of Lords passed the Slavery Abolition

Act in 1834.

Mary Sumner, who was married to a clergyman George Sumner, (who happened

to be a relative of William Wilberforce) founded the Mother’s Union in 1876.

Her radical plan was to call women of all social classes to support one another

and to see motherhood as a profession and vocation as important as those of

men. The Mother’s Union of 2013 has over four million members making it one

of the largest organisations in the world. Many of its members are in the world’s

poorest countries; consequently, the Mother’s Union is a driving force behind

the ‘Make Poverty History’ campaign.

William Booth was a Methodist preacher who founded the Salvation Army in

1865. Booth regularly held services outside The Blind Beggar pub in the East End

of London which attracted large congregations. People particularly appreciated

his passionate preaching, call for social justice and the new hymns that he wrote

to well-known folk tunes. He became more and more popular among the poor,

the morphine addicts, alcoholics and prostitutes. Thousands who had previously

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een excluded from society found a place where they were welcomed and

something to which they could belong. The outdoor services developed to what

Booth called ‘food for the millions’ shops’ (soups kitchens). ‘We are a volunteer

army’ explained Booth, in time the world ‘volunteer’ was changed to ‘salvation’.

Today, the Salvation Army holds services and works with the poor in 126

countries

These three great people remind us of the importance of putting faith into

action. Jesus not only talked about the love of God, but demonstrated his love by

healing the sick and feeding the thousands. For Christianity to be fully credible in

our society, we, the Church, must not only talk the love of God, but show it acts

of service.

I was recently greatly impressed to hear about the food bank that has been set

up at St John’s, Burgess Hill. People in financial difficulties can go to the bank for

help. Not only are they offered food for their families, but also a warm welcome,

a cup of tea and a listening ear. I very much hope that this is a project that we

can support and we will be discussing at a future PCC meeting how we can get

involved.

With every blessing

Fr David

Thank you

A big thank you to the Ditchling Ball Committee for their generous gift in

support of our Youth Project. An article about the ball can be found in this

edition of The Beacon.

In August we remember:

In Memoriam

6 th Richard McConnell 8 th Harry James Steptoe

12 th John Rigby Hale 14 th Barbara Penman

17 th Wilfred Pearson 19 th Irene Mason

19 th Sylvia Barrow 24 th Lucy Susan Aspee

26 th Albert James Laker 29 th Richard Heath

30 th Richard Philip Styles

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Beacon Parish Church Duties August 2013

Time Church Service Lessons Readers Sidesmen

Streat: Sue Yeldham

Westmeston: Tessa Houghton

4 10 th Sunday after Trinity Flowers:

8am

Ditchling

9.45am Ditchling

9.45am

Eucharist

BCP

All-Age

Eucharist

Morning

Prayer

Colossians 3: 1 - 11

Luke 12: 13 - 21

Colossians 3: 1 - 11

Luke 12: 13 - 21

Ecclesiastes 1: 2, 12-14

2: 18 - 23

Luke 12: 13 - 21

11 11 th Sunday after Trinity Flowers:

9.45am Ditchling Eucharist

9.45am

Streat

Morning

Prayer

Hebrews 11: 1 - 3, 8 - 16

Luke 12: 32 - 40

Hebrews 11: 1 - 3, 8 - 16

Luke 12: 32 - 40

18 12 th Sunday after Trinity Flowers:

8am

Ditchling

9.45am Ditchling

Eucharist

BCP

Morning

Prayer

9.45am Streat Eucharist

6pm

Westmeston

Westmeston

Eucharist

Hebrews 11: 29 12: 2

Luke 12: 49 - 56

Jeremiah 23: 23 - 29

Luke 12: 49 - 56

Hebrews 11: 29 12: 2

Luke 12: 49 - 56

Hebrews 11: 29 12: 2

Luke 12: 49 - 56

25 13 th Sunday after Trinity Flowers:

9.45am Ditchling

Beacon

Eucharist

Hebrews 12: 18 - end

Luke 13: 10 - 17

Jenny Bell

tba

Vicky

Brandon

George

Hancock

Jenny Bell

Carl Belfield

Emma

French

Brenda Hall

Streat: Sue Yeldham

Westmeston: Tessa Houghton

Chris

Richards

tba

Di Martin

Judy Essex

Sue Sewell

Streat: Eve Bristow

Westmeston: Clare Farrands.

Ivor

Blomfield

Penelope

Bennett

tba

Carol Tester

Charlie

Yeldham

Ivor

Blomfield

Joan Styles

Jane Roberts

Mike Sewell

Paul

Charman

Streat: Eve Bristow

Westmeston: Clare Farrands.

Nan Crofton

Ian Berrill

Paul

Charman

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Feast Days

Prayer Diary – August 2013

Prayer for the world church &

Prayer for this diocese

1 Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea)

Eastbourne, St Richard, Langney

2 Port Sudan (Sudan)

East Dean with Friston & Jevington

3 Portsmouth & Rochester

Hampden Park & The Hydneye

4 Trinity 10 Pretoria (Southern Africa)

Mission & Renewal Department

5 Oswald, 642 Puerto Rico

Pevensey

6 The Transfiguration Pune (North India)

Polegate

7 John Mason Neale,

1866

Qu'Appelle (Rupert's Land, Canada)

Stone Cross with North Langney

Prayer for places in the

Beacon Parish & nearby

Burgess Hill

Ditchling Common

East Chiltington

East Grinstead

Hassocks

Keymer

Newick

8 Quebec

Plumpton Green

Westham, St Mary

9 Mary Sumner, 1921 Quincy (USA)

St George’s Park

Willingdon, St Mary the Virgin

10 Laurence, 258 Rajasthan (North India)

South Chailey

Deanery of Hastings

11 Trinity 11 Rayalaseema (South India) Uckfield

Finance department, Church House

12 Recife (Brazil)

Barnfield Gardens

Hastings, St Clement and All Saints

13 Rejaf (Sudan) Beacon Road

14 Maximilian Kolbe,

1941

15 The Blessed Virgin

Mary

Remo (Lagos, Nigeria)

Hastings, Christ Church Blacklands

& St Andrew

Renk (Sudan) The Rt Revd Joseph

Atem

Hastings, Holy Trinity

16 Rhode Island (USA)

Hollington, St Leonard

Boddington’s Lane

Brangwyn’s Acre

Charlton Gardens

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Feast Days Prayer for the world church &

Prayer for this diocese

17 Rift Valley (Tanzania)

Hollington, St John the Evangelist

18 Trinity 12 Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

Central Services, Church House

19 Rio Grande (USA)

Ore, St Helen

20 William & Catherine

Booth, 1912 & 1890

Riverina (New South Wales)

Ore, Christ Church

21 Rochester (USA)

St Leonard’s-on-Sea, St Leonard &

St Ethelburga

22 St Symphorian, Bp of

Autun, Martyr, c180

Rockhampton (Queensland)

St Leonard’s-on-Sea, St Matthew

23 Rokon (Sudan)

St Leonard’s-on-Sea, Christ Church

& St Mary Magdalen

24 Bartholomew,

William Wilberforce,

1833

Rorya (Tanzania)

Upper St Leonard’s, St John the

Evangelist

25 Trinity 13 Ruaha (Tanzania)

Diocesan Safeguarding Officer Colin

Perkins

26 Rumbek (Sudan)

Deanery of Lewes & Seaford

27 Monica, 387 Rupert's Land (Canada)

Alfriston with Lullington, Litlington

& West Dean

28 Augustine of Hippo, Ruvuma (Tanzania)

430

Folkington, St Peter

29 Beheading of John

the Baptist

South Rwenzori (Uganda)

Barcombe, St Mary

30 John Bunyan, 1688 Sabah (South East Asia)

Arlington, Berwick, Selmeston with

Alciston & Wilmington

31 Aidan, 651 Sabongidda-Ora (Nigeria)

Denton with South Heighton &

Tarring Neville

Prayer for places in the

Beacon Parish & nearby

Church Lane

Clayton Road

Common Lane

The Dymocks

Dumbrells Court

Dumbrells Court Road

East End Lane

East Gardens

Farm Lane

Fieldway

Folders Lane East

High Street

Lewes Road

Lodge Hill Lane

Long Park Corner

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Where have you been?

Bible Notes

Seven years ago Andrew Fanstone came to speak at Westmeston Church when

the church was supporting his Christian work in Brazil. Recently I went to hear

him give a presentation on his work in the Fortaleza slums where he has been for

10 years now.

He was speaking about his year’s sabbatical in preparation of developing the

work with families including the many affected by drug dealing. This sabbatical

gave him time to help with his own family (they have 3 children 5½ years and

under), attend a couple of study courses and principally have more time for

prayer and Bible Study. He explained that it was then he felt God was saying

“Where have you been? I have missed you”. He realised that he had been so busy

doing God’s work, preparing talks and coping with the family, that he hadn’t

spent real time with God. He now makes time to really pray, read the Bible and

commune with God as a priority then the rest of life falls into place far better. In

fact he admitted that he had been putting the second great commandment

before the first (Mark 12:29-31).

The verse of the month from 1 Chronicles: How much we can learn from David, a

real man of prayer. In Chapter 16 David’s Psalm of thanks is so worthwhile

reading, here is one verse to encourage you; 34 says “Give thanks to the Lord, for

he is good, his love endures for ever”.

Jill Veness

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PRAISES

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St Margaret’s Church

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Beacon Parish News

PCC Briefings

The PCC met on Wednesday 17 th July 2013, in St Margaret’s Vestry. Items discussed were

as follows:

The repair and cleaning of Windows in St Margaret’s. Dr Pedro Gaspar,

Senior Conservation Officer at the Cathedral & Church Buildings Division of

the Archbishop’s Council in London had raised a number of detailed

technical objections to the proposals. These are now being addressed by our

Contractor who will supply Dr Gaspar with more information. Once Dr

Gaspar has given approval the work will be undertaken.

The Social Events Committee is planning to hold another Jazz on the Green

event.

• Bishop Martin will be visiting our Parish in late January 2014.

• Deanery Synod reported on how successful the Food Bank has been which is

operating from St John’s Church, Burgess Hill. Food has been donated by

customers outside of Waitrose and more recently Tesco’s.

The Youth Worker interview will take place on Friday 26 th July.

The PCC’s main discussion continued on the Structure of Services for all

three Churches. The PCC want to find the right services for each of our three

Churches. The PCC will continue this discussion at the next PCC meeting in

August.

Margaret Bovill, PCC Secretary

The Beacon Churches “100 Club”

The winners of the June draw were Diana Martin and Sylvia Ager both receiving a

prize of £20.

(The 100 Club was started 20 years ago in August 1993. Please see excerpt from

the August 1993 Ditchling Beacon on page 39.)

Pam Gaskin 01273 843182

Streat Barn Garden

The next session to maintain Streat Barn Garden will be on Saturday 10 August

at 9.30am. Any help would be most welcome. Coffee and biscuits will be served.

The next session after that will be on 14 September.

Fiona Smith

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Book Reviews

Instrument of Thy Peace by Alan Paton

‘I write this book for sinners ….for those who do not wish to be cold in love and

who know that being cold in love is perhaps the worst sin of them all’

Alan Paton’s meditations prompted by St. Francis of

Assisi’s prayer, “Lord, make me an instrument of Thy

peace…” was first published in 1968 after the death of

Paton’s wife in 1967. His South African passport had

been confiscated and the Liberal Party, of which he

was President, had been outlawed. He is best known

in this generation for his book “Cry the Beloved

Country” but memories of this and his other writing in

apartheid South Africa will have faded. Bearing in

mind the particular social and political climate of the

time, one’s reading, meditating and praying can be

coloured and deepened by awareness of this

background.

Malcolm Muggeridge’s Foreword is a noteworthy

tribute to Alan Paton for his “steering a course

between involvement and quiescence, balancing his duties as a citizen of South

Africa and of the kingdom not of this world“. Muggeridge, himself denied access

to meet Paton in South Africa, found a particular “poignancy” in Paton’s writing

as both were victims of the Government’s restrictions.

The first half of the work is structured in pairs of chapter length meditations on

each of St Francis’ prayer requests. Introductory thoughts in the first chapter are

developed and expanded in the second. For example: the prayer sentence

“Where there is hatred, let me so love” is developed in the following chapter

under the words from Scripture, “Everyone who loves is a child of God and knows

God, but the unloving know nothing of God. For God is love”. 1 John 4 v. 7-8. In

the second half of the work this structure loosens but it continues to be helpful

to treat the chapters as pairs.

Each chapter ends with a relevant prayer of Paton’s invariably containing the

sentiment of his being used as an instrument of peace. This prayer itself is often

preceded by an apposite prayer from a variety of sources. Within the body of

each section of meditation or exposition there is a breadth and depth of quoted

passages from a wide range of writing secular and religious, past and

contemporary. These help to balance the main hagiographic element provided

by references to “The Little flowers of St Francis of Assisi” and Elizabeth Goudge’s

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“Saint Francis of Assisi”. Quotations from the press, “The Natal Mercury”, remind

one not only of the conflict in South Africa but also in the wider world - race

riots in the US, the Vietnam war, chaos in the Congo and the 60s “Hippy”

revolution.

Paton’s most hard-hitting words on South Africa’s apartheid are in chapter 10

where the words in John 4 “there is no fear in love, perfect love banishes fear”

follow on from the chapter 9 account of St. Francis’ conversion experience from

the mutual exchange of “the kiss of peace” between St. Francis and the leper. In

overcoming his fear of the leper’s condition St. Francis experiences God’s love.

Paton then quotes Aldous Huxley’s words “fear cannot be got rid of by personal

effort but only by the ego’s absorption in a cause greater than its own

interests….only absorption in the loving and knowing of the Divine Ground can rid

the mind of all fear”.

There is a wealth of profound thoughts in all these chapters and one cannot do

better than share these in study with another, or others, so that the work is used

as intended and not merely read for historical interest.

Many strikingly memorable, but possibly not original, statements are in keeping

with the nature of Paton, the man himself: “the most horrible form of cruelty is

that which men practise in order that some noble end may be achieved”.

“I have no higher vision of the church than as a Servant of the World…not

preoccupied with its survival or its observances or its Articles but with the needs

of mankind”.

In his penultimate meditation responding to St. Francis’ words “It is in dying that

we are born to eternal life”, Paton distinguishes between “eternal life” and “life

after death”, the former for the Christian is a present reality, the latter can be a

world unknown. This is followed in the final chapter with the belief that a

Christian lives not as a “determinist” but as a “determinator”. We are called to

be “salt of the earth, the light of the world”. There is challenge here for us all.

Robin Williamson

News from Chichester Diocese

For more information on these news items see the Diocesan website at

www.chichester.anglican.org/news.

Comment from the Bishop of Horsham

Seed packets often suggest when the contents should be sown for fruit to be

ready at harvest-time. I am hoping that now is the time to sow seeds for the

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2013 Harvest Appeal. We are hoping to harvest resources to invest in training

ministers of the Gospel in our West African partner dioceses. This too is about

sowing – investing in people whose fruit will be to educate others and so grow

the number of Christian disciples and ministers. I am hoping that by sowing the

seeds of this appeal now, ideas will germinate to prompt an abundant harvest of

generosity for our West African brothers and sisters. Harvest collections, projects

and fund-raising will all help us to gather in what is needed to equip our fellow

disciples for mission. In the hope of abundant harvest-time generosity,

+Mark

Anniversary Celebrations, Shoreham Beach

Centenary Celebrations took place at the Church of the Good Shepherd on

Shoreham Beach last weekend of 13 th - 14 th July at which Bishop Martin presided

and preached at a Centenary Eucharist, followed by Lunch. Vicar, Gail Soupouris,

said: “It was a great privilege to have Bishop Martin preside. He also blessed our

new church banner, which celebrates the church’s long-standing healing

ministry.”

Bishop Mark’s 25 th Anniversary celebrations

Bishop Mark said he felt privileged to be able to welcome so many friends, family

and colleagues to St Michael & All Angels’ Brighton for the anniversary

celebrations of his ordination to the priesthood on Saturday 13 th July. He said: “I

am hugely grateful to so many for sharing in my thanksgiving and for giving me

such encouragement for the future.”

A new Chapel Cross unveiled at Lancing academy

A new chapel cross designed by Year 13 student, Alex Luff, was blessed by the

Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, on Friday 12 th July. The school choir

sang during the service and representatives from the business community were

also present to celebrate the completion and installation of the Perspex cross.

Dr Martin Warner comments on General Synod

The meeting of the General Synod in York was conducted in a remarkably

positive atmosphere, encouraged partly by sunshine and tennis. The key point

that I would like to share, however, is the progress made towards the ordination

of women to the episcopate.

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What’s On in August 2013

5 Mon Ditchling Players audition, Ditchling Village Hall p 27 8pm

10 Sat Streat Barn Garden maintenance p 13 9.30 am

11 Sun

14 Wed

Gardens Open, 1, 2 and 3 Glebe Cottages, Lewes

Road, Westmeston

p 31

2 pm

Frugal Lunch, The Old Meeting House, Ditchling 12.30 pm

Ditchling Drop-in centre, White Horse Restaurant p 32 2 pm

15 Thu PCC Meeting, St Margaret’s Vestry 7 pm

16 Fri Deadline for contributions to the September Beacon

18 Sun

20 Tue

Malthouse Farm Garden open, Streat Lane, BN6

8SA.

Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning,

Ditchling Village Hall

Organ Recital by Richard Toms, Chapel Royal,

North Street, Brighton, BN1 1EA

Malthouse Farm Garden open, Streat Lane, BN6

8SA.

p 32

p 27

p 34

p 32

2.30 pm

10 am

1.10 pm

2.30 pm

Women's Fellowship meeting and talk on the

work carried out at Knowles Tooth, Margaret p 24 7.30 pm

Moore's home

27 Tue Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall p 20 7.15 pm

Music Express Summer Music and Drama

27 - 30

Workshop, Great Walstead School, Lindfield

p 21

29 Thu Sing God’s Praises, St Margaret’s Church p 11 7 pm

WHIST DRIVE

Tuesday 27 th August, Westmeston Parish Hall,

starting at 7.15pm

The next Whist Drive will be held on 24 th September at 7.15pm

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.

For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)

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5 Thu

8 Sun

What’s On in September 2013

Ditchling WI meeting and talk on ‘The Natural Life

of the Downs’, Ditchling Village Hall

British Heart Foundation Heart of Sussex

Sponsored Horse Ride, St Helena Farm, Plumpton

Green

p 23

p 33

2.30 pm

14 Sat Streat Barn Garden maintenance p 13 9.30 am

11 Wed Frugal Lunch, The Old Meeting House, Ditchling 12.30 pm

11 Ditchling Drop-in centre, White Horse Restaurant p 32 2 pm

14 Sat The Sussex Historic Churches Trust Annual Ride & Stride

17 Tue

20 Fri

Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning,

Ditchling Village Hall

Deadline for contributions to the September

Beacon

p 27

10 am

24 Tue Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall p 20 7.15 pm

25 Wed PCC Meeting, St Margaret’s Vestry 7 pm

26 Thu Sing God’s Praises, St Margaret’s Church p 11 7 pm

28 Sat

Let Us Play musical workshop for all, St Nicholas

of Myra, Church Road, Brighton, BN1 3LJ

p 34

11 am

MUSIC EXPRESS

Summer Music and Drama Workshops

The Music Express runs music and drama workshops for children aged

between 7 and 12 at Great Walstead School, Lindfield. There is one 4 day

course in August.

Course 2 - Tuesday 27 th to Friday 30 th August

The cost is £120. Sibling discounts apply. For more information and to

request an application form, email John Sandford

sandfordjohn@hotmail.com or ring 07855 957644.

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The Beacon Parish events team will be hosting the wonderful Jazz, Picnics and

Pimms event for the fourth year running on Ditchling village green. Back by

popular demand Bobbie du Bois and the Shoeshine Boy, and special guests!

Look out for posters with more details soon!!!

Ditchling Women’s Groups

Ditchling Downs WI

During the month of June our members enjoyed two outings; one to the

Brighton Sewers and the other a trip to Lincoln’s Inn in London. Both were very

different but interesting and thoroughly enjoyable.

For our July meeting, we welcomed back Robert Harris from Harris Bros. Fun

Fair. Robert spoke to us in April but only had time for the first half of his talk. For

Part two Robert brought many beautiful old photographs of his family dating

back to the 1920s onwards. Some are with views of Harris Fairs in Ditchling in the

early 1960s. These were not on the Village Green as we would expect now but

on Star Field behind what was then the North Star Pub. Harris Fair can be seen

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again locally in Hurstpierpoint at the St Lawrence Fair helping to celebrate their

700 th anniversary.

There will be no meeting in August but in September we have Andy Thomas who

will give a talk on ‘Corn Circles’. Enquiries Barbara Dollings Tel. 01273 843892

Barbara Dollings 01273 843892

Ditchling WI

For our July meeting, we were delighted to welcome back Herbie Flowers. He

entertained us with music and songs and told us many stories of his life, both

during his RAF years, then passing an exam to become a bandsman in the RAF

and the times when he has played in the band for many famous entertainers and

singers. He has a strong attachment to Ditchling, which was formed during his

childhood – but he has never been able to sort out the traffic!

This was followed by tea and biscuits. The flower of the month was won by Mrs

Rosemary Taylor with a beautiful yellow rose.

We do not have a meeting in August, so our next meeting will be Thursday 5 th

September at 2.30pm in the Ditchling Village Hall. Our guest is David Bradford,

who will be talking on ‘The Natural Life of the Downs’. Visitors are very welcome.

Briony Coomber 01273 845069

Women’s Fellowship

Women`s Fellowship Summer Outing

The sun shone and the sky was blue, so it was with a feeling of pleasurable

anticipation that the members of the Women`s Fellowship set out for their

Summer Outing on 26 th June to Chichester and Sandhill Farm House. We were

not to be disappointed.

After a couple of hours in Chichester we travelled to Rogate. Sandhill is a pretty

17 th century farmhouse hung with roses and wisteria and set in just over an acre

of land. Rosemary Alexander, the owner, is described as an author, garden

designer and self-confessed plant collector, who has inspired people across the

globe. Her principle of ‘marrying the practical with the romantic’ was evident in

all as she conducted us round her beautiful garden. All season interest is

important and provided by a rich tapestry of bulbs, climbers, shrubs, herbaceous

plants and trees. This garden is indeed a cornucopia of colours and understated

design.

Dee Grainger

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Women's Fellowship Summer Party

Our summer party was held on 16 th July at Jenny and Jasper's home on a warm

evening during the heat wave. We were able to enjoy the lovely summer

weather sitting out in the garden until about 8.30 pm with the beautiful view of

the downs, an English summer evening at its best. The delicious food, provided

by all our members who were able to attend, was varied and plentiful as usual,

and we were pleased that Richard and Pam Allen and Tony and Colyeen

Blanchard were able to be with us.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 20 th August at 7.30 pm at Margaret

Moore's home when we will have a talk on the work carried out at Knowles

Tooth. Please let Margaret know if you will be attending (01273 843805).

Jenny Bell

Children and Young People

Ditchling (St Margaret's) CE Primary School

Having been expecting an Ofsted inspection all year, with it becoming overdue

after Easter, we were relieved when we finally received the phone call on

Tuesday 2 nd July, getting it out of the way before the summer holiday. The

inspector came in on Wednesday 3 rd and Thursday 4 th July, visiting each class

several times to monitor the quality of teaching, along with looking at many of

the children's books. Inevitably the school's performance data was also closely

scrutinised. The inspector met with teachers, children and governors.

After two days of this rigorous process, we were pleased that the inspector

affirmed the school's judgement that it is a good school. This is the highest

judgement that any school in East Sussex has received under the, yet again,

revised framework. The report noted, "Pupils are well behaved around school

and their positive attitudes mean they are keen to succeed in the work planned

for them. The caring adults and strong emphasis on the school values mean that

pupils feel very safe and respected. They reflect this themselves, helping to care

for others. Teaching is consistently good, and occasionally outstanding. Pupils

make good progress across the school and reach standards which are above

average. Progress in reading is outstanding. Pupils’ achievement is good."

We are very pleased with this outcome, and now begin the next academic year

on the journey to outstanding.

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1 st Ditchling Scout Group

Mid Sussex District Fun Day - What a fantastic weekend this was! Held at

Broadstone Warren our Cubs camped the weekend together with other Cubs

from all over the District. Our Beavers joined them for a day visit. Activities

were provided during the two days for them to pick and mix according to their

choice. There were quad bike go-carts which were very popular, climbing wall,

grass sledging, potholing, zip-wire, archery, crate stacking, sumo-style wrestling

using inflated suits, air-rifle shooting and other things plus the sun shining all the

time.

According to the Leaders it all started in the morning at around 4.15am due to

the Cubs waking and ready to go at sunrise. From the Leaders point of view, by

the time it got to breakfast it seemed as though it should have been lunchtime.

Of course, when it got to the second evening everyone was so tired it was a long

and peaceful night. The usual campfire was held with the added event called

“Broadstone Warren’s Got Talent”. The Cubs from each tents performed a song

which was really good fun.

By all accounts it was an incredibly successful camp and our thanks go to the

Leaders, Julie and Simon (Beavers), Dave and Sue (Cubs) and our parent helper,

Emma. At lunchtime on the Saturday Richard Shoubridge joined us and I was

able to present gifts, on behalf of the Group, to him and also Dave and Sue each

of whom will be moving on to pastures new at the end of this term.

British Heart Foundation London to Brighton Cycle Ride 2013The whole

Group and the Brownies provided refreshments once again for the Cycle Ride.

Weather conditions were good and it was a highly successful event. Our thanks

to Dick and Jean Morley once again for all their help and the use of their garden

and facilities which make it such a popular stop with the cyclists each year. Our

thanks also to parents and friends who supported the effort by serving food and

drink in the marquee and providing an excellent supply of cakes for the occasion.

We also manned the Emergency Centre at St Margaret’s School during the event.

Scouts – The Scouts have been rebuilding their go-carts ready for the

forthcoming WS 2013 International Camp which is being held at Ardingly

Showground in August. We have 18 Scouts attending this year, representing the

District and West Sussex at this popular event which lasts for a week and sees

Scouts and Guides not only from the United Kingdom but also from countries

abroad. It is a great opportunity to meet members of our Organisation from far

and near and take part in many exciting activities. Let’s hope the weather

continues to be fine for the Camp.

Alec Gaskin, Group Chairman

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Village News

Ditchling Village Association Coffee Mornings

The next Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning will be on Tuesday August

20 th in the Ditchling Village Hall between 10 am and 11.30 am as we have to

ensure that we vacate the village hall by 12noon. It is sponsored by the Ditchling

WI. Dates and sponsors of coffee mornings for the remainder of 2013 are listed

below.

Date

September 17 th

October 15 th

November 19 th

December 17 th

Society

Friends of Village Green

Ditchling Film Society

Friends of St Margaret’s

DVA

Ditchling Players Quartet - 6 th to 9 th November

Following on from last month's article I thought I'd give you some background

information to our Autumn 2013 production - 'Quartet’ by Ronald Harwood.

The play was first produced at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford in 1999,

with a cast of Stephanie Cole, Alec MacCowen, Donald Sinden and Angela

Thorne. It subsequently transferred to the Albery Theatre in the West End. The

setting is a genteel retirement home for opera singers where Reggie; Wilf & Cissy

are residents. Into their cosy little world comes a newcomer – Jean, who also

happens to be Reggie’s ex-wife. During the course of the play we find out about

the lives of the four characters – sometime poignant and sometimes humorous.

The four decide to celebrate Verdi’s birthday and set about planning what they

will do (incidentally it is the bi-centenary of Verdi’s birth this year, so the play is

very apt). You may have seen the film which was released earlier this year and

think why bother to go and see it on the stage, but I'm assured by the director,

Jill Hewer, that the play does necessarily differ in many ways from the film and

it's a live performance!

There are four excellent character parts – two female and two male – all of

retirement age and we are holding an audition at the Ditchling Village Hall on

the 5 th August at 8pm. If you’re interested in being involved in this production,

in whatever capacity, we look forward to seeing you on the night. If you can’t

make that date please contact either Sue Hanna on 01273 842778 or me on

01273 844868 for further details.

David Tettersell

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The Ditchling Charity Ball 8 th June 2013

Once again the Ditchling Charity Ball was a huge success and we raised a

staggering £13,400 for the Ditchling Charities. To be honest, with around 60

fewer guests this year we hadn’t expected to raise as much as we did (last year’s

figure being £11,500).

As a committee, we made a decision early on that we should support only local

Ditchling charities as these often struggle for funds and don’t get the kind of

exposure that the larger charities often do. This year we supported St

Margaret’s Church, The Old Meeting House, the Ditchling Village Hall, The

Friends of Ditchling, the Ditchling Museum, The Monday Group, The

Westmeston Jubilee Pathway Trust and Ditchling Pre-School Group.

We would like to say a big thank you to all those who donated a prize. Everyone

was so generous, including individuals who offered holiday homes, shops and

business who donated vouchers, tickets and assorted prizes and all our

incredibly talented local artists who donated their beautiful artwork for auction.

It was a beautiful, sunny evening when the guests arrived in their finery for the

Ditchling Charity Ball on the Village Green. The evening started at 7pm with

guests mingling on the lawn, drinking champagne and partaking of the delicious

canapés; everyone smiling and chatting excitedly in anticipation of the evening

ahead. It was so lovely to see the village community coming together for this

charitable event.

After the meal and a short auction the music started and the casino opened.

Everyone was keen to get up onto the dance floor or into the Barn to try their

hand at Blackjack or Roulette. All funds from the casino, of course, going to

charity; however, the lucky winner did walk away with a magnum of rather fine

champagne!

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The band, Boogie Wonderland, came on shortly after the DJ started and the

dance floor was packed with people dancing the night away to the fabulous 70s

and 80s tribute band!

The evening eventually came to a close at 1am with lots of very happy people

wandering home to their beds. Another very successful ball came to an end.

For more information please visit www.ditchlingcharityball.co.uk.

Ditchling Hospice Support Group - Open Gardens

On behalf of the Group a huge thank you to everyone who participated in

making the 'Open Gardens' event on 14 th July a great success. We are extremely

grateful to all our gardeners who worked so hard to ensure their gardens were

immaculate on the day. Thanks to all who made cakes, helped in the Barn, sold

plants prior to the event and on the day, gave donations and of course all the

visitors who made it possible for us to raise the fantastic sum of £2,036 for St

Peter and St James Hospice. Thank you all for your support. (Please see photos of

some of the gardens on the cover and inside front cover).

Helen Court, Ditchling Support Group

Ditchling Parish Council News

Street Lights

Do you have a street light outside your property? If it is on a column, does it

have any vegetation growing on it? The lamp standards are soon to be

repainted; it would be much appreciated if such vegetation is cleared away in

order that the painters can gain access to the columns.

Overhanging shrubs, hedges etc

There are several places in the Village where hedges etc have overgrown now

that we have had some better weather, please can you ensure that you keep

them trimmed back to keep footways and footpaths clear. Thank you in

anticipation.

Parish Council Notice Board at the Village Hall

This had to be taken down as it was rotten and dangerous. It has been taken

away carefully and will be repaired or replaced, the map which was on the

Village Hall side is safe and will be incorporated in the new notice board.

Mary Holman, Clerk to the Council

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The Turner-Dumbrell Foundation

At their meeting on the 1 st June 2013, the Trustees were pleased to support the

following projects with grants totalling £17,200.

Beacon Churches

Ditchling Pre-School Group

Ditchling Museum

The Old Meeting House

Oldland Mill Trust

Ditchling School PTA

St Peter and St James

Hospice

Westmeston Jubilee Pathway

Churchyard maintenance and new stacking

chairs for St Margaret’s Church

Activity toys and equipment

Towards costs of re-display in the Old Parlour

Building refurbishment

Towards the costs of fitting a steam engine at

the mill.

For curriculum enrichments projects

To provide a new specialist bed frame

To contribute towards maintenance and

repairs to the pathway

In addition to these grants a sum has been set aside for outstanding applications,

and it is possible that after these have been allocated there may be a small

residue available for interim projects. Applications should be completed and

sent in by 30 th November for discussion at our meeting in January.

The next full grant making meeting will be held in May/June 2014 and

applications will be invited in the Spring

Roma Leon, Secretary

Gardens Open Sunday 11 th August 2pm – 5pm

1, 2 and 3 Glebe Cottages, Lewes Road, Westmeston.

Number 3 is a medium-sized country garden. The garden is full of summer colour

with an ornamental fish pond. Many different varieties of dahlias, sweet peas

and a well stocked vegetable garden. There are lovely views from the front of

the cottages towards Ditchling Beacon.

Number 2 is a garden with lots of different green shrubs and trees with a fish

pond stocked with koi carp.

Teas and homemade cakes will be served on the lawns of number 1, which is

more a family garden.

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Admission £3 for all 3 gardens. All proceeds will go to St Peter & St James

Hospice. There is ample parking in the field opposite the cottages.

Malthouse Farm Garden

Malthouse Farm Garden in Streat Lane will be open under the National Garden

Scheme on 18 th and 20 th August from 2.30 to 5.30. Admission £4.00 children

free. Tea and cakes available. Plants for sale. Post code BN6 8SA.

Sue Hancock

Your questions about Ditchling answered?

Do you want to learn more about our village history and heritage?

Local history: Families; Religions; Industries; House occupation; Arts and

Buildings; Agriculture; Births, Marriages, Deaths; Burials and Memorials.

Can you contribute to our knowledge of Ditchling? Ditchling History Project

members will try to help you discover the answers to your questions. We have

village census returns, parish registers and a mass of other data on-line to help

you research the answers. Maybe we can learn from you too and if you have any

photos or documentation you're prepared to show us bring them along.

Why not come to our drop-in centre in the White Horse Restaurant every second

Wednesday afternoon of the month, the next one being Wednesday August 14 th

from 2 to 5pm? You will be very welcome.

Tom Dufty

60s Music Evening in Ditchling

Saturday October 26, 7.30pm, Ditchling Village Hall

Following the last four years’ sell-out 60s music discos in Ditchling Village Hall,

we are repeating the event on October 26 featuring, as before, a top Brighton DJ

and all those great bands of the 60s decade.

You can dance to the Rolling Stones, Beatles, Kinks, Supremes, Manfred Mann

and all your favourites and help raise money for a wildlife charity (see below) at

the same time.

Tickets cost the same as the last two years, just £12, including light

refreshments. A well-stocked bar will be available, but you can bring your own

drinks if you prefer. As numbers are strictly limited, it is advisable to book your

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tickets early to avoid being disappointed, which unfortunately happens to some

people every year due to the popularity of this event.

Tickets are available from August 1 st at Ditchling Post Office and Parkers in

Ditchling High Street or by phoning 01273 845361. NO TICKETS WILL BE

AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR.

The charity which will benefit is Fauna & Flora International (reg charity

1011102), backed by Sir David Attenborough and under the patronage of HM the

Queen. Last year we raised £2800 (comprising £1,400 proceeds of the disco plus

match funding from a commercial concern) to help the critically endangered

Mountain Gorillas of East Africa. Only 780 of these gentle and charismatic apes

remain and our funding last year has helped their continued survival. This year’s

proceeds will again help threatened primates and more details of the project

we’ve selected will be available soon.

Make sure you get ‘Satisfaction’ by getting your ticket early – don’t risk turning

‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ by leaving it too late!

Sylvia Bain

The Sussex Historic Churches Trust Annual Ride & Stride

The Sussex Historic Churches Trust, which gives grants for repairs and

conservation work to the many historic churches in the county, including those

in our own parish, raises funds through the annual sponsored Bike and Stride

event which this year takes place on Saturday September 14 th .

If you would like to take part as a walker or cyclist, individually or as a group,

please get in touch with me for details including lists of open churches. This is a

great opportunity to enjoy the lovely Sussex countryside and at the same time to

discover interesting churches in scenic locations. Alternatively you might offer

help on the day by welcoming and refreshing visitors to our churches and be

sponsored in this way. All money raised will be shared equally between the

Sussex Historic Churches Trust and a church of your choice.

Janet Cragg, 01273 845383

Heart of Sussex Sponsored Horse Ride

Sunday 8 th September 2013

This year the British Heart Foundation will again be holding their very popular

sponsored ride at St Helena Farm in Plumpton Green. The course will be 10

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miles over beautiful Sussex countryside with optional cross country jumps and

suitable for all levels of rider and horse or pony. New this year is the leading rein

course for younger riders and dog walk course which is ideal for those waiting

for a rider to complete the main course. All riders, horses and dogs are invited to

wear something red on the day!

Last year over 100 horses took part coming from all over Sussex on a blisteringly

hot day, riding through woodland and across open farmland with stunning views

of the South Downs, raising around £3,500 to help fund vital research into heart

disease. This year let’s hope the weather will be as kind and even more can be

raised for this vital cause.

For further details please contact Debbie Medlicott, medlicott@btinternet.com,

01825 790397 or 07801 103527.

Organ Recital

Richard Toms will be giving an organ recital on the Father Willis organ in the

Chapel Royal, North Street, Brighton, BN1 1EA at 1.10 pm on Tuesday 20

August. The programme will include works by Bossi, Widor, Bach, Ireland and

Dupre.

Let Us Play

Frances Novillo, RMA (London & South)

Saturday 28 September 2013, 11am to 2pm

St Nicholas of Myra, Church Road, Brighton, BN1 3LJ

Cost: £5 per person

contact: Dominic Desouza, music@stnicholasbrighton.org.uk,

01273 758108

A lively workshop for all (adults and accompanied children) who play musical

instruments in worship, individually or in a group. It will explore contemporary

songs and classic hymns. Bring your instrument and a music stand. Those who

run instrumental groups and worship bands, and arrange music for them, are

also welcome.

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Getting Ready To Remember – Ditchling History Project

To mark next year’s centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, Ditchling

History Project will join the Royal British Legion and others in a weekend of

commemoration to take place at the end of September 2014.

So much has been published about the First World yet there remain many, often

eloquent, accounts written by ordinary men thrust into extraordinary and

unimaginable circumstances - many who did not return. We are planning to

mount an exhibition in the church which will tell the personal stories both of

men who left this village to fight and of relatives of present local residents and in

preparation for this are making an appeal for letters, diaries, photographs,

anecdotes and memorabilia. We would also like to show how this loss or

absence affected families and communities through the letters and diaries of

those left at home.

We will hold an event in November 2013, around Remembrance Sunday, inviting

people to bring along items that they might be willing to lend and so please look

among your family memorabilia in desks and drawers and perhaps in boxes and

trunks in your attic. In the meantime if you can help with this WW1 research

and would like to get in touch we meet in the White Horse on the second

Wednesday of the month 2pm to 5pm or email us at

history.project@btinternet.com or contact me on 01273 845383.

More details of the November event will be in next month’s Beacon.

Janet Cragg

Nature Corner

Nature Notes

As this most unusual year progressed some very interesting and unexpected

facts have emerged. Following the very late spring, growth of plants and much

wildlife has caught up and many young birds are on the wing.

I earlier noted that Swallows seemed erratic and indeed they are having a very

strange breeding season. The first nest of these migrant birds, in Streat,

contained five fully feathered young before the end of May while some of the

resident Blue Tits were still incubating eggs. These very early Swallows now in

the second week of July are close to hatching their second broods whereas

others are still site hunting for first nests. The spread of these in the locality is

erratic. They generally breed in small colonies and in Streat and East Chiltington

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numbers are slightly up on last year. Usually about ten pairs breed around the

stables at the college but this year just one nest has so far produced four young.

The extraordinary comparison with these are the House Martins, that up to the

end of May appeared very sparse but in June the bulk of the colony returned and

on counting the occupied nests a total of fifty were recorded in comparison with

forty-six last year and forty-nine in 2011. Since they and the Swallows all feed on

flying insects, of which there seems to be plenty, it is difficult to find the reason.

I have been following the progress of the tagged Cuckoos on the website and it is

only through this method has their early departure been proved. The male

“Sussex” tagged on Ashdown Forest in May had reached Sardinia before the end

of June on his return to Africa.

By the numbers and variety of moths I have caught and identified indicates the

huge food supply in the form of caterpillars that has been available for young

birds. So far nearly eighty different species have come to the moth trap light and

during this hot spell up to one hundred have been caught in one night. Amongst

them have been five species of Hawk Moth and some spectacularly camouflaged

ones that look like dead twigs or bird droppings.

Many of the plants in the woods or beside the lanes have caught up well after

the late start they had. The Meadowsweet has come out on time and, using the

recipe for Elderflower, makes an excellent white wine. I made some Bramble tip

wine in the first week of May and it has finished working and is crystal clear and

ready to bottle. Making home-made wine is so straight forward I am surprised

not more is made. Many people say they used to make wine and some still have

the equipment so why not make use of some of the bounty of the countryside in

that way.

Reg Lanaway

Bee-ch time

What a year this has been. Although plants seem to be blooming much later

than usual, their performance is incredible. I cannot remember a year when the

plants seem to be bursting with flowers, as they are this year. So, far from

drowning in the relentless rain of winter and spring, plants have responded

amazingly well. So have the weeds of course. I feel like Sleeping Beauty,

surrounded by thickets of brambles, bindweed and goosegrass!

The big winners of the warmer weather and the flowering explosion are the dear

bees. This year, I have paid particular attention to which plants they seem to

love best. The early blossom trees, like apples and pears are a boon to the newly

emerged and very hungry bees. The sound of their satisfied buzzing results in a

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good crop of fruit later in the season. Wildflowers are of course always popular

with bees: the stately foxglove towers that scatter themselves around the

garden are adored by bees, as are the delicate and pretty toadflax.

But proving what excellent taste they have,

the plant that bees seem to worship above

all others, is Cirsium rivulare

‘Atropurpureum’ (see photo). Don’t turn

your nose up when I say it is a thistle,

because this is truly a stunning perennial.

Not only does it produce exquisite long

lasting crimson flowers on 1.5m tall stems -

if deadheaded, it will continue to do so

over the whole summer. Bees completely

forget their mates, the hive, their

performance targets … the world

disappears when they find a cirsium

flowerhead. They roll out the beach towel,

slap on the sunscreen and just settle down

for a good few hours in the sun. If you

have never seen a bee lolling, get a

cirsium! Hope you too have a lovely summer.

Haut Talk by Karoline Baird Tel: 07742 731967 info@haughty-culture.com

The Beacon in the Past

Below are excerpts from previous issues of the Ditchling Beacon.

40 years ago

From the Vicar (Tony Way):

One important event will take place near Ditchling which I hope will get the

support I am sure it deserves. I refer to “The Dyke Victory ‘73”, a Pageant of the

Dyke Legend to be performed with other suitable supporting events at Poynings

on Saturday, 4th August. … in a letter from the Revd. Turnbull of the Mid-Sussex

Prayer Fellowship he writes, “We hope to see families coming to picnic and

young people to join in the singing.”

I shall be commencing Confirmation Classes for both adults and children in

September and I would be grateful for the names of those who wish to join

these classes, preferably in writing, as soon as possible. The Confirmation

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Service will be on Sunday, December 16th at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a

Celebration of the Holy Eucharist at which the Bishop of Horsham will preside.

BUS SERVICE

I regret having to give notice that the 23 bus leaving Haywards Heath at 22.10

hours no longer runs. Apparently no one was using this bus when checks were

made. In his letter informing me of the withdrawal the Assistant Divisional

Manager writes, “I would apologise for not being able to give you advance

warning of this withdrawal.”

20 years ago

From the Vicar (Kenneth Jeffery)

The practice of calling people by their Christian names has greatly increased in

recent years. This can occasionally lead to confusion or misunderstandings, for

instance when one person speaks of somebody by their Christian name when

someone else …. is referring to them by their surname. It is thought that a

misunderstanding of this kind has taken place in the case of St. Bartholomew. In

the lists of the apostles in the first three Gospels he is called Bartholomew,

which is in the nature of a surname. The opening chapter of St John’s Gospel

contains a story of a man called Nathaniel, and this is thought to be

Bartholomew’s other name. If that is correct it is the only story in the Bible about

St. Bartholomew. If it is not, and it is by no means certain that it is, we have none

at all.

Fund Raising – The “100 Club”

Please Join Our “100 Club” This is a fund-raising raffle in aid of St. Margaret’s

Church. The participants pay £12 at the beginning of each Club year, which is

from September to September; we hope to make the first draw this September.

A draw of one ticket will take place at the end of each month for £25 prizes for

ten months and £100 at Christmas and Easter.

Norman Grose

It is not always wise for the Parish Magazine to congratulate people on having

achieved great longevity… However, we will risk the wrath of Norman Grose by

announcing to the world that on July 18th he reached 90 not out, a magnificent

score. And that is not all, for as he started singing as a boy soprano in 1913, he

has been singing for no less than 70 years, of which 36 have been as a member

of St. Margaret’s Church Choir and of Ditchling Choral Society. He ascribes his

singing skills to his training as a boy chorister from a choirmaster, who was

Doctor of Music and an eminent Church musician. Norman’s rich bass voice has

been part of our music and worship for many years.

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