The Beacon March 2012 - Beacon Parish of Ditchling, Streat ...

The Beacon March 2012 - Beacon Parish of Ditchling, Streat ...





The Revd David Wallis

The Vicarage, 2 Charlton Gardens,

Lewes Road, Ditchling, BN6 8WA

Geoffrey Heath

Andrew Martin

St Margaret’s

(01273) 843165

(01273) 845134

(01273) 846123

Mike Sewell Streat Church (01273) 890366

Mark Moody-Stuart

Doreen Kallman

Richard Allen

Colyeen Blanchard

St Martin’s

(01273) 846525

(01273) 844743

(01273) 842919

01444 246186

Hon Treasurer: Mark Moody-Stuart (01273) 846525

Bookkeeper: Sue Sewell (01273) 890366

Hon Secretary: Margaret Bovill (01273) 845319

Stewardship Officer: Rodney Dodds 01444 250753

Organists and


Hon Organists:

Nick Hancock

John Sandford

Lynette Walker

Lynn Bond

St Margaret’s

Streat Church

St Martin’s

(01273) 841815

07855 957644

(01273) 891005

(01273) 842387

Parish office Email: Phone: 01273 843165

The Beacon

Editor: Graham Sharpless (01273) 845368



Sue & George Hancock (01273) 890298



Jenny Bell

Margaret Moore


(01273) 843194

(01273) 843805

Paul Charman Streat & Westmeston (01273) 844743

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

The Revd David Wallis’s day off is Friday

The Beacon Parish is a registered charity, number 1132488

Front cover: View from Ditchling Beacon

The Beacon Churches Calendar March 2012

Morning Prayer at Ditchling:

Monday to Friday at 9.00 am


Eucharist (BCP) Ditchling 8.00am

All Age Sung Eucharist Ditchling 9.45am

Morning Prayer Westmeston 9.45am

7 Wed Eucharist Ditchling 9.30am


Sung Eucharist Ditchling 9.45am

Morning Prayer Streat 9.45am

14 Wed Eucharist Ditchling 9.30am


Eucharist (BCP) Ditchling 8.00am

All Age Mothering Sunday Eucharist Ditchling 9.45am

Bishop John’s Farewell Service Henfield 6.30pm

21 Wed Eucharist Ditchling 9.30am



28 Wed Eucharist Ditchling 9.30am

The Beacon Parish Office

Open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings

9.30 am to 12 noon

the place to direct any enquiries

01273 843165



Fr David writes

Dear Friends

In need of some encouragement?

Bishop Fulton Sheen once went to a ‘greasy spoon’ for

breakfast. The waitress, looking totally disinterested, asked

him ‘What d’you want?’ The Bishop answered ‘May I have

some bacon and eggs and a few kind words’. The waitress

returned fifteen minutes later with the Bishop’s food and

placed it in front of him unceremoniously saying ‘There.’

‘What about the kind words?’ said the Bishop. The waitress

looked at him and answered ‘If I were you, I wouldn’t eat

them eggs!’

“Lent is an opportunity for us to be affirmed and

encouraged in our belief”

We all need some words of encouragement from time to time and hopefully

better than those offered by the waitress. Even Jesus needed to be encouraged

before setting off along the road to Jerusalem to face the Cross. So he took his

closest friends to the top of a mountain and there his Father spoke to him ‘You

are my Son, my Beloved’. It feels as if the Church could also do with some

encouraging words of affirmation at the moment. The news has been full of the

court case banning public prayers at council meetings, and calls from the Secular

Society for disestablishment. So the refreshment of Lent has arrived at just the

right time. Lent is an opportunity for us to be affirmed and encouraged in our

belief. By using these forty days to prepare for the events of Good Friday and

Easter, our faith can be renewed and deepened. We are getting ready to

celebrate what really matters;

that Jesus died on the Cross, so giving us an image of God’s love and


and then conquered death so giving us the great hope that God has

opened the way to eternal life.

So let us use this time meaningfully and wisely to refocus on what really matters.

Once again I encourage you to join in as much of the Lent Course as you can (the

details are below). Also, make a commitment to coming to Church regularly,

every Sunday, and to a midweek Lenten Morning Prayer at 9.00 am.

There is often a good reason as why you can’t, but there is an even better reason

why you should.

May God bless you this Lent

Fr David


Our Lent Course this year is

The Time has


a Lenten journey with St Mark

written by Canon Peter Sills

Study sessions on

29 th February, 7 th , 14 th & 21 st March

Fr Peter will give a concluding talk on

28 th March, all at St Margaret’s at 7 pm

Copies of his book are available priced


Beacon Parish News

St Margaret's Church Flower Guild - 13 th March 2012

Our annual meeting will be held on Tuesday 13 th March at 10 am at the home of

Helen Court. At this meeting plans for the year will be discussed, so if you are

interested in helping with the flowers in St Margaret’s Church please get in touch

as you would be very welcome.

We volunteer to do the flowers at the main altar and in the Abergavenny Chapel

for each week throughout the year including Festivals, except for the weeks

when there are weddings. If you enjoy flower arranging do come along.

Jenny Bell 01273-843194

The Beacon Churches “100 Club”

The winners of the January Draw were Myrtle Skelton and Pat & Keith Dennis

receiving prizes of £20. The 2012 contributions have now been collected. Thank

you for your support.

Pam Gaskin


Bible Notes

It is well known that most people who come to a personal faith in the Lord Jesus,

do so before the age of 25 years; so Christian Unions in Schools and Universities

are of great value telling the Gospel message. Bible Society encourages young

people to read the Bible together over coffee with the help of “Lyfe” booklets

and Costa Coffee allows Christian meetings in their shops.

In Minsk, Belarus Bible Society helps students to meet together and study the

Bible over a shared meal, with the extra help of their materials and a new

Belarusian Bible which is their first complete Bible for 80 years. Christina a

Belarusian student in Minsk explains “In every project we use God’s word as a

revelation and inspiration” for that is how she came to faith in a similar group.

When Jesus was speaking to the Jews in John 5, he said “These are the Scriptures

that testify about me”

“If you hold me teaching….. you will know the truth and the truth will set you

free” John 8:32

“How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word”

Psalm 119:9

“Teach me knowledge and good judgement for I believe in your commands”

Psalm 119:66

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” Psalm 119:105.

Jill Veness

News from Chichester Diocese

Please see for more

details on these and other news items.

All Party Group to highlight importance of RE in schools

The Church of England, the Catholic Church, the Buddhist, Jewish, Sikh and

Muslim faiths, the British Humanist Association and professional RE teaching

associations are joining forces to support a new All Party Parliamentary Group

(APPG). When it is set up, the new APPG will focus on safeguarding the provision

of RE in our schools and explore how the subject can continue to deliver a

valuable dimension to the education of all children and young people.

Eastbourne and Willingdon MP Stephen Lloyd has agreed to chair the group with

its secretariat provided by the Religious Education Council of England and Wales



HOLY LAND? Challenging Questions

from the Biblical Landscape

Diocesan Church House

211 New Church Road, Hove

Saturday, 17 March 2012

10 am – 4 pm Cost £10

Led by the Reverend Canon Andrew Mayes

Andrew Mayes is our Diocesan Spirituality

Adviser. This Study Day will take you on an exhilarating journey across the

terrain of the Bible, based on his recent book Holy Land? Challenging Questions

from the Biblical Landscape. This was written in Jerusalem, where Dr Mayes

served for two years as Course Director of St George's College, leading study

programmes around Israel/Palestine. Together we will explore the Land, its

mountains, rivers, lakes and roads, and discover its questions, ancient and

contemporary. Copies of Dr Mayes' book will be available on the day.

Deadline for applications: 9 March 2012. For more information and enrolment

please contact: Wendy Greenan, Diocesan Church House, 211 New Church Road,

Hove, BN3 4ED. Tel: (01273) 421021 or email:

Ruling on prayers in Council meetings

A test case bid to outlaw prayers before local council meetings has been won by

the National Secular Society and an atheist councillor. They challenged the

practice of Bideford town council, Devon, of having religious prayers on meeting


Prayers before council meetings are a way of setting the important decisions of

elected councillors within the wider moral context that acknowledges the past,

present and future role of Christianity in this country. They echo the prayers that

take place daily in Parliament. Members are not obliged to take part, but many

choose to and most greatly value the opportunity. Prayers are a sign of the

importance of Christianity in the fabric of our national life - something that is

also represented by Establishment.

New website to aid school worship

A new interactive web resource, encouraging

pupils to “play with liturgy” as part of collective worship and RE, has been

launched at General Synod. Pilot workshops held in schools showed how the


website can help pupils from Reception to Sixth Form write collects, prayers and

patterns for acts of school worship.

Mary Hawes, the Church of England’s national children’s adviser, said: “I’m

excited that this simple to use site will help children and young people learn

about and become more engaged with worship.”

Diamond Jubilee Prayer

A prayer written at The Queen’s Direction by the Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral

for Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee has been released. It will be used in the

Jubilee Thanksgiving Service in St Paul’s Cathedral on Tuesday, June 5 th . The

Archbishops of Canterbury and York have commended it for use throughout the

Church of England and other Churches are also welcome to use it.

The Diamond Jubilee Prayer reads:

God of time and eternity,

whose Son reigns as servant, not master;

we give you thanks and praise

that you have blessed this Nation, the Realms and Territories


our beloved and glorious Queen.

In this year of Jubilee,

grant her your gifts of love and joy and peace

as she continues in faithful obedience to you, her Lord and God

and in devoted service to her lands and peoples,

and those of the Commonwealth,

now and all the days of her life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


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Chichester Cathedral Choir at Henfield

Those of us who were in St Peter’s Church, Henfield on the afternoon of 12 th

February were given a treat when the Choir of Chichester Cathedral, led by Sarah

Baldock, was there to sing Evensong. The congregation was allowed to sing the

two hymns, but the rest of the music was sung by the choir alone.

It was a delight to hear the psalm (65: ‘Thou, O God, art praised in Sion’) sung to

a traditional chant. The settings of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by Charles

Wood were also excellently sung as was the Anthem ‘O sing unto the Lord a new

song’, set to music by Andrew Simpson.

We learnt that the choristers were keen to start their half-term as soon as

possible, so the sermon, given by the Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling, Dean of

Chichester, was short but to the point.

It was a privilege and a delight to hear our Cathedral Choir in a parish church in

our own deanery and to know that traditional church music is still very much


Homeless in Brighton

A big thank you for the generous help for the homeless in Brighton. There are

seven churches involved in providing shelter for eight weeks during February and

March. Our contributions are going via St Andrew’s, Old Church, Hove. St

Andrew’s has taken responsibility for Fridays and they are providing volunteers

to staff the shelter, supper, hot drinks and snacks and breakfast, as well as

companionship and friendship. If you want to contact them directly, the phone

number is 01273 738785 and the office is open Tuesday to Friday 9.00 - 1.00.

We will be going down again in a couple of week’s time – and contributions of

cereal and other non perishable food are very welcome.

Off The Fence

One of the Christian organisations helping the homeless in Brighton is Off The

Fence in Portland Road Hove ( On the 24 th March there is an

Art Exhibition to celebrate the first anniversary of their Gateway Women’s

Centre at 52 Station Rd, Portslade, Hove, BN41 1DF (01273 417597) This will

showcase work done in their workshops and also by local artists. Tea and cake

will be served throughout the morning.

Nicki Upton 844970


Building Trust International

Westmeston resident David Cole and his partner Louise McKillop have set up an

international charity to support migrant and orphaned children persecuted for

no fault of their own. Local fund raising events are to be held during March and

we welcome your involvement.

Last year, on a visit to Mae Sot in Thailand, David and Louise visited several

schools for migrant Burmese children who had escaped the atrocities in their

country and were very much in need of a new school building and a shelter from

the terrible conditions they had endured. Anxious to use their particular skills to

help – David is an architect - they agreed with the headmaster of a school which

was no more than an agricultural shed to come back and build a new school in

2012. They set up Building Trust International and called this first project

Moving Schools.

An international design competition

followed, to both design the school and

raise the funds to build it. It needed to be

a modular structure which could be easily

moved should the Thai landlords raise the

rent or if further conflict meant they had

to move.

A successful exhibition showcasing the

winning and shortlisted designs from the

competition was held in London in

February, and will be touring the country.

As a Building Trust International trustee, I

will be co-ordinating a number of local

fund raising events. The first is to be a

Jumble/Table Top Sale at Westmeston

Village Hall, commencing at 10.30am on

Saturday 3 rd March 2012. Do contact us if

you would like a Table @ £10/table (this

fee will go towards the charity) and/or if

you would like any items/jumble collected. Contact Jude Cole 01273


To find out more please see

Jude Cole, Building Trust International trustee, 01273 845560


Women's World Day

of Prayer

Friday 2 March, 10.30 am

Emmanuel Chapel Ditchling

The theme is "Let Justice Prevail"

which is a very pertinent title in

our current days. The service has

been prepared by the women of

Malaysia and all are welcome.

Maralyn Hine

The Friends of

St Margaret’s Church

Annual General


Saturday 3 rd March 2012

The Village Hall, Ditchling

Coffee and Biscuits will be served

from 10.15am

Presentation of the Report at


Catharine Robinson


Beacon Parish Church Duties March 2012

Time Church Service Lessons Readers Sidesmen

4 Second Sunday of Lent

8am Ditchling Eucharist BCP





11 Third Sunday of Lent

9.45am Ditchling



18 Mothering Sunday








8am Ditchling Eucharist BCP

9.45am Ditchling

25 Fifth Sunday of Lent

9.45am Ditchling

All Age Beacon




Romans 4: 13 - 25

Mark 8: 31 - 38

Romans 4: 13 - 25

Mark 8: 31 - 38

Genesis 17: 1 - 7, 15 -


Mark 8: 31 - 38

Exodus 20: 1 - 17

1 Corinthians 1: 18 - 25

John 2: 13 - 22

Acts 3: 1 - 10

Mark 1: 29 - 39

Ephesians 2: 1- 10

John 3: 14 - 21

Ephesians 2: 1- 10

John 3: 14 - 21

Jeremiah 31: 31 - 34

Hebrews 5: 5 - 10

John 12: 20 - 33

Colin French




Doreen Kallman

Judy Essex

Mike Sewell

Sue Sewell




Mike Sewell

Colin French

Carl Belfield

Penny Tyas

Brenda Hall

Di Martin

Judy Essex

Sue Sewell



Joan Styles

Jane Roberts



Ian Berrill

In Memoriam

In March we remember:

2 nd Arthur Mott 7 th Marybud Chignell

11 th Michael Hoare 11 th Dorothy Parker

13 th Florence Lillie Taylor 16 th Neil Robinson

17 th Margaret Lynch 22 nd Tony Best

23 rd Harry James Booth 28 th Jill Holmes

29 th James Ager 29 th Albert Morrow


Prayer Diary – March 2012

Feast Days

1 David, Bp of Menevia, Patron of

Wales, c601

2 Chad, Bp of Lichfield, Missionary,


3 St Cunegund of Bavaria,

Foundress of Bamberg 1039

Prayer for the world church

& Prayer for this diocese

Bangor (Wales)

Lindfield, All Saints

Bari (Nigeria)

Scaynes Hill, St Augustine

Barrackpore (North India)

Slaugham & Staplefield Common

4 2 nd Sunday of Lent Rowan Williams ABp of Canterbury

Diocesan Safeguarding Officer

5 Bath & Wells

Wivelsfield, St Peter & St John the Baptist

6 Bathurst (Australia)

Haywards Heath, Ascension

7 Perpetua, Felicity, and their

Companions, Martyrs at

Carthage, 203

Bauchi (Nigeria)

Rural Deanery of East Grinstead

8 Edward King, Bp of Lincoln, 1910 Belize

Copthorne, St John the Evangelist

9 Bendigo (Australia)


10 Benin

Crawley Down, All Saints

11 3 rd Sunday of Lent Hong Kong

12 Bethlehem

Southgate, St Mary

13 Bhopal (North India)

East Grinstead, St Swithun

14 Bida (Nigeria)

East Grinstead, St Mary the Virgin

15 Seffrid II 1204 Birmingham

Forest Row. Holy Trinity


Feast Days

Prayer for the world church

& Prayer for this diocese

16 Edward Storey 1503 Blackburn

Cowden with Hammerwood

17 Patrick, Bp, Missionary, Patron

of Ireland, c460

18 4 th Sunday of Lent (Mothering


Bo (Sierra Leone)


Indian Ocean

Workplace Chaplains

19 Joseph of Nazareth Boga (Congo)

Turners Hill, St Leonard

20 Cuthbert, Bp of Lindisfarne,

Missionary, 687

21 Thomas Cranmer, Abp of

Canterbury, Reformation

Martyr, 1556


Worth, Pound Hill & Maidenbower

Bondo (Kenya)

Rural Deanery of Horsham

22 John Kempe 1454 Bor (Sudan)

Billingshurst, St Mary

23 Botswana


24 Oscar Romero, Abp of San

Salvador, Martyr, 1980


Itchingfield with Slinfold

25 5 th Sunday of Lent The Church of Ireland

26 Annunciation of Our Lord to the

Blessed Virgin Mary

Brandon (Canada)

Lower Beeding, Holy Trinity

27 Brechin (Scotland)

Nuthurst & Mannings Heath

28 Brisbane

Roffey, All Saints

29 Bristol

Rudgwick, Holy Trinity

30 British Columbia

Rusper with Colgate

31 John Donne, 1631 Bujumbura (Burundi)

Shipley, St Mary


Time Out in Tournay 17 – 24 July 2012

Led by Canon Peter Sills

I am planning a week at the Benedictine Abbey at Tournay in the summer of

2012. Tournay is a pleasant village situated in the glorious foothills of the

Pyrenees; and the surrounding area has many churches and other places of

interest. The week will be a combination of time for reflection and experiencing

the life of the community, and visits to some of the pilgrim places nearby,

including L’Escaladieu, L’Abbaye St-Savin, St-Bertrand de Comminges, Lourdes

and a day at the Cirque de Garvarnie.

The monastery is delightfully situated within a bend in the river Arros on the

edge of the village; it has a large, shady garden, and the monks have a small

sweet factory that makes a local delicacy! Tournay offers space for the spirit; the

liturgy is timeless, and the ambience is warm and welcoming. We will stay in the

monastery guest house which is situated around the cloister, mostly in single

rooms. The accommodation is basic but comfortable. The cost will be £360 per

person (there is no single supplement), and this includes full board at the

monastery, transport to and from Toulouse airport or railway station, coaching

for the visits and admission charges. It does not include your journey to and

from Toulouse or travel insurance.

Time Out in Tournay promises to be a relaxing, stimulating and enjoyable

experience, and I hope it will interest you. If you’d like to receive the full details

please send me an email or give me a call.

Canon Peter Sills 01273 842760 -


Tuesday 27 th March

Westmeston Parish Hall

starting at 7.15pm

Everyone is welcome to join

the friendly team of players.

The next whist drive will be on

Tuesday 24 th April at 7.15pm

For more details contact

Doreen Kallman on 844743

HOLY LAND? Challenging

Questions from the Biblical


Diocesan Church House

211 New Church Road, Hove

Saturday, 17 March 2012

10 am – 4 pm Cost £10

Led by the Reverend

Canon Andrew Mayes


1 Thu

2 Fri

3 Sat

What’s On in March 2012

Ditchling WI meeting and talk Farming in the 50s,

Ditchling Village Hall

Ditchling Downs WI meeting and talk, Friends

Meeting House, East Gardens, Ditchling

Ditchling Film Society film A Serious Man,

Ditchling Village Hall

Women's World Day of Prayer, Emmanuel Chapel,


The Friends of St Margaret’s Church Annual

General Meeting, The Village Hall, Ditchling

p 21 2 .30 pm

p 21

p 27


8 pm

p 11 10.30 am

p 11 10.15am

Jumble/Table Top Sale for Building Trust p 10 10.30 am

International, Westmeston Village Hall

7 Wed Lent study session, St Margaret’s, Ditchling p 3 7 pm

8 Thu Choir Practice, St Margaret’s, Ditchling 6.15 pm

Ditchling Horticultural Society Annual Spring Bulb

Show, Ditchling Village Hall

p 28 2 pm

10 Sat

13 Tue

Burgess Hill Fair Trade Festival Handel Come and

Sing Messiah, St Andrew’s Church, Burgess Hill

St Margaret's Church Flower Guild Annual Meeting,

home of Helen Court

Newick Decorative and Fine Art Society lecture

Leonardo and Michelangelo,Plumpton Village Hall

p 30

p 3

p 30

7.30 pm

10 am

2.15 pm

Frugal Lunch, St Margaret’s, Ditchling 12.30 pm

14 Wed

Lent study session, St Margaret’s, Ditchling p 3 7 pm

15 Thu Choir Practice, St Margaret’s, Ditchling 6.15 pm

17 Sat

HOLY LAND? Challenging Questions from the

Biblical Landscape, Diocesan Church House, 211 p 6 10.00 am

New Church Road, Hove

18 Sun Bishop John's Farewell Service, St Peter’s, Henfield 6.30 pm

Ditchling Village Association Coffee morning, p 23 10 am

20 Tue

Ditchling Village Hall

Women’s Fellowship annual Corporate

p 22 7.30pm

Communion, Quaker Meeting House, Ditchling


What’s On in March 2012

21 Wed Lent study session, St Margaret’s, Ditchling p 3 7 pm

22 Thu PCC Meeting, St Margaret's Vestry 6.30 pm

23 Fri

Ditchling Village Association Newcomers’ Party, p 22 8 pm

Ditchling Village Hall

24 Sat

Off The Fence Art Exhibition, 52 Station Rd,

Portslade, Hove, BN41 1DF

Ditchling History Project Ditchling Characters talk,

26 Mon

p 23 7.30 pm

Old Meeting House

27 Tue Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall p 16 7.15pm

Concluding Lenten talk by Canon Peter Sills, St

28 Wed

p 3 7 pm

Margaret’s, Ditchling

29 Thu Choir Practice, St Margaret’s, Ditchling 6.15 pm

The Royal British Legion Women’s Section, Table p 22

Top sale, Ditchling Village Hall

31 Sat

5 Thu

11 Wed

17 Tue

Sussex Chorus Choral Music by Russian

composers, All Saints Church, Hove

What’s On in April 2012

Ditchling Film Society film Chico and Rita,

Ditchling Village Hall

Ditchling Village Hall Annual General Meeting,

upper hall

Ditchling Village Association Coffee morning,

Ditchling Village Hall

p 9

p 30

p 27

p 28

p 23

7:30 pm

8 pm

8 pm

10 am

The Royal British Legion Women’s Section, St


George’s Day Lunch, Ditchling Village Hall

p 22

24 Tue Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall p 16 7.15 pm

29 Sun

Open Day in aid of Malawi, Fourfields Farm,

Dumbrells Court Rd, Ditchling, BN6 8GT

Annual Parish Meetings, St Margaret’s Church

p 25

10 am

11 am


Ditchling Women’s Groups

Ditchling Downs WI

For our February meeting we welcomed David Porter who spoke about Clayton

Tunnel Cottage which has been his home since 2002. He divided his talk into

sections and started with the history of the tunnel and the cottage. The tunnel

was built in 1841 and the cottage, which is now Grade 11 listed, in 1849. In 1861

the tunnel was the scene of an horrific accident that left 200 people either

injured or dead and David has felt a presence in one of his bedrooms where he

knew bodies from the accident had been laid out. Apparently a visit from the

Brighton Psychic Society has helped to lay these ghosts to rest, but as David said

it could all be 'in the mind', who knows. A few years after the crash, Charles

Dickens published a ghost story called The Signal Man which was inspired by the

events. Amazingly noise from the trains is fairly low. David recorded sounds

from outside the cottage where as you would expect it was pretty loud but then

we heard recordings from inside and it was surprisingly quiet. The garden

around the cottage is home to a rich variety of plants, birds and wild animals -

birds of prey, foxes, deer, badgers, lizards, slow worms, and lots and lots of

rabbits. David ended his talk by saying when we are next on a train approaching

the tunnel give him a wave as he will probably be in his kitchen (the right hand

turret going north). It was a most entertaining and thoroughly absorbing talk.

For our March meeting we have Dr Janet Pennington whose talk is entitled 'From

Lancing to Samarkand'. It will be held on Tuesday 1 st March at the Friends

Meeting House, East Gardens, Ditchling, 7.30pm for 8pm.

Barbara Dollings 01273 843892

Ditchling WI

Our monthly meeting was held on Thursday 2 nd February; our speaker was Neil

Sadler who gave us a very interesting talk with slides on “A Policemans Lot.”

Neil started in the force at Bognor and talked about his time at Gatwick looking

for bombs, among other duties. He was also at the Grand hotel when it was

bombed. His other duties included Brighton football matches. We then had our

usual “Flower of the Month”, Raffle and Tea and Biscuits.

Our next Meeting will be on Thursday March 1 st in Ditchling Village Hall at 2 .30

pm when our speaker will be Ian Everest who will talk about farming in the 50s.

Visitors will be welcome.

Joan Sayer, Tel 01273845255


Women’s Fellowship

The next meeting of the Women’s Fellowship will be our annual Corporate

Communion with Father David. It will be on Tuesday, 20 th March at 7.30pm at

the Quaker Meeting House in East Gardens. If you need additional information,

please Contact Belinda Brittain (843238) or Pam Burr (842133)’.

Pam Burr

Village News

Ditchling Village Association Newcomers’ Party

TO ALL NEWCOMERS to Ditchling since March last year – we look forward to

meeting you at our annual Newcomers’ Party on Friday 23 rd March at 8 pm in

Ditchling Village Hall. You will soon be receiving an invitation from your Good

Neighbour but if you don’t, please get in touch with us so that we can send you

one. This is a lovely evening and a great way to meet other newcomers to the

village and representatives of the many clubs and societies that exist here

making Ditchling the village it is.

Please contact Pam Gaskin on 01273 843182 or

The Royal British Legion Women’s Section, Ditchling and

District Branch

On Saturday 31 st March we will be holding a Table Top sale in Ditchling Village

Hall. Tables are for sale at £10 (large) or £6 (small). Entrance will be 50p to

include coffee/tea and biscuits. The Women's Section, will have a homemade

cakes and produce table (eggs, jams, chutneys etc), a good as new clothes table

and a bric-a-brac table. Please phone Pauline Lee on 01273 844019 if you would

like to book a table or for any further information on this event or Margaret

Bovill on 01273 845319 if you have any Bric-a-Brac, which I am happy to collect

from you.

The St George’s Day lunch will be held on Saturday 21 st April in the Village Hall.

On Sunday 22 nd April, 2012, Fr David has invited the Main Branch and Women's

Section to help and participate with the 9.45 am Service at St Margaret’s.

Margaret Bovill, Hon Sec.


Ditchling Village Association Coffee mornings

The Coffee Morning on Tuesday March 20 th in Ditchling Village Hall will be run

by the PTA, from 10am to 11.30 as we have to ensure that we vacate the village

hall by 12noon.

Dates for subsequent coffee mornings during 2012 are shown below:


April 17 th

May 15 th

June 19 th

July 17 th

August 21 st

September 18 th

October 16 th

November 20 th

December 18 th


Ditchling Players

Horticultural Society

Ditchling Morris Dancers

Ditchling WI

Friends of Village Green

Ditchling Film Society

Friends of St Margaret’s


Ditchling History Project

Our programme of talks and events this year begins with a repeat of the popular

Ditchling Characters series on Monday March 26 th at 7.30pm in the Old

Meeting House.

Ann Bacon will talk on Peter Parsons, 19 th century shoemaker and choirmaster,

Penney Pepler on Helen Knowles, headmistress of North End House (Dumbrell’s)

School, and Tom Dufty on Dr Frederick Linton Bogle, well-loved village GP.

Tickets are available from the Post Office, Parkers, the Village Hair Studio or

telephone 01273 845383.

A new set of village characters will be introduced in the autumn. During the

summer we will be offering ‘Ditchling for Beginners’ walks, an introductory

history of the village aimed at but not exclusively for newcomers to Ditchling.

Tickets will be available from DHP representatives at the Newcomers party. In

June, during the week before the Fair, two guided walks will look for places and

people connected with 700 years of Ditchling Fair. We would also like to hear

your own memories of the Fair which can either be posted on our web site or

you can contact me on the above number or Roma on 01273 843113. Details of

our talks, walks and other events and of current and past research projects can

all be found at

Janet Cragg


The Turner-Dumbrell Foundation

During the year two new Trustees, Max Bolton and Matthew Searle were

appointed. They join Janet Cragg, Roma Leon, Dr Richard Turner, Tom Turner

and Rev D Wallis.

At their meeting in January the Trustees made grants totalling some £18,900 to

the following:

• St Margaret’s Church for churchyard upkeep

Ditchling History Project for a laptop and software

Ditchling Pre-School towards play equipment

Ditchling Village Hall for emergency roof work

Ditchling Fair Committee towards signage

The Old Meeting House for a fire wall

• Oldland Mill for materials for a flour dresser

You can read more about the Foundation and the Workshops on our website at

Roma Leon

1 st Ditchling Scout Group

Beavers - Health and Fitness Activity Badges were completed one night. Among

the activities included was a demonstration about how germs are passed on.

The Leader, covering her hand in blue paint, passed the paint on by hand contact

to everyone else. They also had to draw a healthy meal on a paper plate and talk

about the sports they enjoy taking part in. Another week they had a “How things

work” night, when they learnt about simple electrical circuits, how a compass

works and making a CD hovercraft. The following week they completed the IT

Activity Badge with the help of David Salem and the construction of posters

telling others what sort of things they enjoy at Beavers.

Cubs - The highlight of the month was the sleepover at the Natural History

Museum in London where the accent was upon dinosaurs. The Cubs had a talk

by a fish expert, made prints of fossils, had a talk by an animal man and a

torchlight “Dinosnore Search” in the evening.

Other activities during the month concentrated on the World We Live In, looking

at living conditions and depravation in other countries and life expectancy.

World Flags were also studied. Another evening was devoted to making “spoon

puppets” and inventing a story which each Six presented to the meeting. Our

Cubs also took part in the District Swimming Gala at the Triangle.


Cubs enjoying themselves at the Dinosaurs visit in London.

Scouts - The big achievement was our Scout Troop’s winning the Mid Sussex

District Swimming Gala at the Triangle in competition with eleven other teams,

giving us a nice new trophy to display. We congratulate our team which

consisted of Sam Chard, Evan Diamond, Alex Eastman, Oliver Mayhew, Andrew

Porter, Wilf Spencer and Harrison Stocker.

The Inter-Patrol Annual Cooking Competition took place this month and Pam and

I were delighted to be invited to judge the meals again. The quality of cooking

and presentation was superb again this year and it was very difficult to choose

between the two patrols. We had music, we had candlelight, attentive waiters

and Jasmine Tea as well as truly tasty food. The winners, by just two points,

were The Wolves led by Wilf Spencer and Harry Sandercock.

Other evenings were spent on Miniature Pioneering, building medieval catapults,

and a discussion on World Health Issues.

Alec Gaskin, Group Chairman

Open Day in aid of Malawi

The Mac’s Farm & One Good Egg are holding an Open day on Sunday April 29 th

from 10 am to 4 pm, at Fourfields Farm, Dumbrells Court Rd, Ditchling, BN6

8GT. They hope to raise enough money in just ONE day to fund small egg farm

projects in Malawi. All they ask is for a donation of a £1 a person which will go

towards raising money to fund new farm projects in Malawi.

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Ditchling Film Society

On Thursday, 1 March 2012 we will be showing a Coen Brothers film called A

Serious Man. Set in Minnesota in 1967, Larry Gopnik, a Jewish physics lecturer,

is a serious and a very put-upon man. His daughter is stealing from him to save

up for a nose job, his drug-addicted son (who gets stoned at his own Barmitzvah)

only wants him round to fix his TV aerial. In addition, his useless brother, Arthur,

is an unwelcome house guest. To add to Larry’s angst, both he and his brother

get thrown out into a motel when Larry’s wife, Judy, who wants a divorce, moves

her lover, Sy, into the house. Even after Sy’s death in a car crash, the brothers

are still resident in the motel. With legal fees mounting for his divorce, Arthur’s

criminal court appearances and a land feud with a neighbour, Larry is tempted to

take the bribe offered to him by a student to give him an illegal exam pass mark.

Although not a religious man, Larry becomes convinced that only the rabbi can

help him. He has a vision of how he has erred, how he has lived and what the

essence of his life should be as a good Jew and a serious man.

Directors: Ethan Coen & Joel Coen. US 2009. 106 mins.

On Thursday, 5 April 2012 our film will be Chico and Rita. Set in Cuba in 1948,

Chico is a young, talented piano player with big dreams and Rita is a beautiful,

sexy singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them

but their journey, in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero, brings them

both heartache and torment. From Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood and

Las Vegas the two passionate individuals battle impossible odds to unite in their

music and love. Wonderful Cuban music and American jazz accompany Chico

and Rita’s tragi-comic love story bringing back to life the vibrancy of early 1950’s


Directors: Tono Errando, Javier Mariscal. Spain 2010. 94 mins.

The films will be shown in Ditchling Village Hall. Films start at 8.00pm. Doors

open at 7.30 pm. Free coffee and biscuits beforehand and ample free parking

behind the hall. Guests and temporary members are welcome for a small charge

payable at the door.

Rowena Cager and Melanie Samuel

Ditchling Village Hall

Whether a Ditchling resident or not, or a current user of Ditchling Village Hall or

not, you are invited to attend the Hall’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday


April 11 th 2012, at 8.00pm in the upper hall. We can tell you about the things

that have taken place over the last year, during which I am pleased to report we

have sustained a very high level of utilisation.

It is now used for a record average 43 hours per week, the majority being by

village organisations or residents. Most of the 'outside' organisations using it

involve village residents. The hall is at the centre of the community. It is used for

an incredibly diverse range of regular activities, including weddings, wakes,

plays, dances, arts and crafts exhibitions, martial arts, yoga, talks, films, concerts

and quizzes.

We’d like to hear whether you think we are meeting our charitable objectives

and, just as important, you can give us your ideas on how we can develop,

despite limited financial resources, the service we give. So please come along.

We will also offer you a glass of wine or soft drink. There are no tickets – just


Tom Dufty, Chairman of the Hall Trustees

Ditchling Horticultural Society

Annual Spring Bulb Show, 10 th March 2pm – 4pm,

Ditchling Village Hall

This year, will be the 190 th year since the founding in 1882 of Ditchling

Horticultural Society which currently holds pride of place nationally as the oldest

Horticultural Society in the United Kingdom.

As 2012 is such a special year for the Society there will be some new innovations

and a modern approach for the three Annual Shows during this year. Beginning

with the first show of the gardening season the “Bulb Show” on March 10th will

be breaking new ground for all garden enthusiasts from the youngest to the

mature gardener with many years of experience.

Gardeners Corner, Seed Exchange and Suggestion Box

First up there will be an innovative “Seed Exchange” section. Exchanging seeds

is one of the time-honoured ways in which gardeners share the bounty of their

gardens and experience with others. Some people have a wealth of plant seeds

left over at the end of the gardening season and others can never find a seed to

a particular garden plant they want at the beginning of the season so it's a match

made in heaven.


Another new and additional feature at the shows will be an “Advice Table”

where you can discuss problems with a panel of experts including our President

Peter Eastwood who will give practical down-to-earth gardening and allotment

advice for the amateur grower and newcomer to gardening.

Meanwhile, along with our usual schedule for the show we will have Muriel’s

Bumper Raffle, the usual mid-afternoon tea and cakes and free car parking. We

are also introducing a Suggestion Box Scheme which we invite you to contribute

to with any ideas or innovations that you would like to see.

We are look forward to introducing you to the new dynamic for the Horticulture

show of the future.

Mercedes Madden, Public Relations, Ditchling Horticulture Society 2012

Your Village Needs You

Volunteer Helpers for Ditchling Fair 2012

For the Ditchling Fair of June 16 2012 the committee is recruiting groups of

people who would be willing and able to be at the centre of all the planned

activities on Fair day. We need people to pump prime the marketing of this

historical event in the Ditchling, selling advertising space in the programme,

collecting raffle prizes, all within the local confines of Ditchling Parish and in the

main means visiting village retailers etc. Could this be you?

If you are young, not-so-young, a newcomer, born & bred villager, or a

commuter, do get in contact with us if you would like to be involved in the

preparation, for couple of hours minimum every couple of weeks until Fair Day.

Also required are volunteers, who on the day itself will be needed for various

duties such as stewards, road closures, judges, the selling raffle tickets, health

and safety. This will allow you access to all the events taking place. Your offer to

help out either in the morning, afternoon, or evening, will be welcome and at

which ever time suits you. Please be assured you will enjoy having as much fun

as the visitors to the fair.

Contact Chair of the Ditchling Fair Jolan at where your

name and contact details will be listed, arrangements will be put in place to

meet you, and fill you in on the details of any duties which might like to help


Mercedes Madden


Newick Decorative and Fine Art Society

Plumpton Village Hall, 2.15 pm March 13 th

Our lecture this month is on the rivalry between those two great geniuses of the

Italian Renaissance, Leonardo and Michelangelo. Our speaker, Dr James Lindow

will explore the relationship between these two artists and in particular the

bitter painting contest over the frescoes for the Council Chamber in Florence.

Both were commissioned to paint the same wall in the Chamber with scenes

from the Battle of Anghiari. Leonardo in the end won but, unbelievably now,

this work was painted over in 1565 and only a few cartoons remain to show the

power and splendour of the original. This will be a digital presentation and

through the many pictures you will come to understand the animosity but

ultimately the respect these two men held for each other. Tickets £5 on the

door for non-members with tea and biscuits afterwards. If you need any further

information regarding membership please contact Carole Burgon 01273 890301

or Marjorie Blunden 01825 723250

Annette Shelford

Sussex Chorus Concerts in March

Sussex Chorus will be singing in two concerts in March:

Burgess Hill Fair Trade Festival Handel 'Come and Sing' Messiah

Saturday 10 th March, 7.30 pm,

St Andrew’s Church, Cants Lane, Burgess Hill

This concert is part of the Burgess Hill Fair Trade Festival with Sussex Chorus.

Soloists will be Katherine Nicholas – soprano; Hannah Summers – mezzo

soprano; John Grave – tenor; Douglas Rice-Bowen – baritone with John Walker –

piano. The conductor will be Neil Jenkins.

Tickets: £10 from the Sussex Chorus Ticket Manager, 01444 412579 or 01273


Choral Music by Russian composers

Saturday 31 March 2012, 7:30 pm

All Saints Church, Hove

The concert will include the Rachmaninov Vespers; Tchaikovsky Five Sacred

Choruses; Tchaikovsky Dance of the Peasants from Eugene Onegin; Glinka The

Cherubic Hymn; Stravinsky Ave Maria and the traditional Contakion of the Dead.

Tickets: £15 (concessions £12 Children free) from Sussex Chorus Ticket Manager

01444 412579/01273 273333 or Brighton Dome Box Office 01273 709709.


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Nature Notes

The few days prior to the very cold weather we had in February were classic in

the signs wildlife gave us as a warning of its advance. Credit must go to the

Weather Forecasters who usually get a bit of stick but in this instance not only

warned us in good time but gave explanations as to the sequence of the

approaching systems and temperatures. The very cold conditions started over

Eastern Europe and moved westwards. The Bird Observatories on the East Coast

of Britain received many unexpected species arriving overnight escaping from

the cold and the lack of food availability that always goes with it.

It was good to see several Song Thrushes in the garden. Before the snow came I

managed to ring three of them and by the extra wing length and greyish colour I

think that two were of Continental origin escaping the extreme cold. The other

was a typical local sandy coloured bird with an average wing. Blackbirds also

came. As soon as a thaw began they were finding food beneath the shrubs,

turning leaves over seeking worms and insects. The weights of all birds I handled

were well in excess of those one would expect during the breeding season such

is their need to carry body fat to withstand the freeze and the value of our

sustained feeding greatly helps the survival of many.

There was almost frantic feeding on the feeders in the gardens, Blue and Great

tits as usual abundant with Goldfinches mainly on the Nyger seed but also on the

ground below. Disappointing was the lack of Siskins. They are irregular visitors

but do usually appear this month when the many seeds of the Alder trees by the

stream are ready. I have had yet another Goldfinch recovery proving their north

to south movement in autumn. This one I caught in the garden in November

wearing a ring that had not been issued to me. The information arrived this week

showing that it had been ringed ninety-two days ago in August by Merseyside

Ringing Group and had travelled three hundred and twenty-five kilometres

south-south-east. What was satisfying for me was that both the ringer and I

agreed exactly as to its age, sex and measurements.

Weather permitting, the firsts birds will build their nests and have eggs before

the end of this month. It is always Blackbirds, Song and Mistle thrushes, Robins

and Dunnocks be first among the garden birds. All feed on insects and worms

and the success from these earliest broods will be according to the availability of

them. As the leaves have yet to appear at this early time, evergreen plants such

as Ivy give them protection and a hiding place. Unless any Ivy is causing a

problem on a wall or weighing a tree down, it is best left as it is a lifeline for

those early breeders. Should any nesting attempts fail due to the weather or

predation, repeat nests will be quickly built and with these common species up

to five attempts may be made to get a successful brood reared during the year.

Reg Lanaway


The Bees’ Knees

Bee populations are plummeting. Whilst scientists conduct their research into

reversing the decline, gardeners can really help by providing a regular supply of

food to these hard working and essential insect pollinators.

By happy coincidence, bees and gardeners want exactly the same thing: a

continuous flowering display from spring right through to autumn, with

particular emphasis in July and August. Sequential flowering can be achieved

very effectively with bulbs, fruit blossom and self-seeders: all of them reliable

plants that make few demands on gardeners.

Bulbs - a once-only purchase, will happily multiply for you. Snowdrops, narcissus

and crocus start the season and if you are a bulb-aholic like me, you can have

them going off like fireworks right through until autumn. Blossom heralds the

start of the fruiting process – if you have space for apple, pear and cherry trees,

the reward will be 6 weeks or more of the most exquisite flowers with delicious

fruit later in the year. The self-seeders beloved by bees that last the whole

season are: forget-me-nots, foxgloves, calendulas, fennel, cow parsley &

Verbena bonariensis. If you don’t have them already in your garden, your friends

or neighbours probably do, so grab a handful of seeds and scatter! Cirsium

atropurpureum is a real favourite. I see bees actually rolling on the soft petals

first thing in the morning. They look drugged! Sedums are great drawcards in the


Make a bee-line (sorry, couldn’t resist it!) for plants with simple single flowers.

The more petals, the harder it is for the poor old pollinators to find the nectar

and pollen. Just these few plants could make a big difference. It feels good to

know we can help our precious bees, when they do so much for us.

Haut Talk by Karoline Baird

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The Beacon in the Past

Below are excerpts from previous issues of the Ditchling Beacon.

40 years ago

“ A Royal Foundation” was the title of the Rev Way’s letter in the March 1972

Beacon. “Situated in the heart of London’s East End and on the edge of dockland

the Royal Foundation of St. Katherine is a fascinating place. … It’s [sic]

foundation goes back to Queen Matilda’s time, and Queen Eleanor, Henry VIII’s

Consort, (their heads are supposed to be carved on our East Window) also gave


it great support, and it has been under the special care of the reigning queen

ever since. The Reformation saw the virtual disappearance of it’s buildings

although it was never completely suppressed, but during the 19th century the

Foundation was transferred … to a house in Regents Park. It’s present location,

not so very far from the original one, now built over by docks and warehouses,

dates from just after the 1939-45 war when the Queen Mother, then of course

Queen, was largely responsible for it’s return”.

St Katherine’s is still there just minutes away from Canary Wharf and ‘has

established itself as a facility for both practical and pastoral care in the East End

of London’. For more information see

The Vicar, in his letter, also announced that “it was with very great regret that

the P.C.C. at its last meeting accepted Mr Day’s resignation from this important

office [as Honorary Treasurer] which he has held for the past twelve years”. He

was, of course, Audrey Day’s Father.

20 years ago

In 1992, Ash Wednesday was on the 4 th March, Easter being nearly as late as in

2011. Holy Communion was celebrated at 7.30 am on Tuesday and 9.30 am on

Wednesday mornings and at 8 am and 10 am on Sundays. In addition on Ash

Wednesday there was a communion service with imposition of ashes. The Vicar

said that “Lent is a time when we can take spiritual stock of ourselves – a time

when we can take the opportunity to examine ourselves as thoroughly as

possible for sings of those faults which we may have grown too complacent

about properly to notice”.

The Turner-Dumbrell Foundation “donated £3,300 to St. Margaret’s Church,

£550 to the Old Meeting House and £150 to help with School funds at the

Ditchling Primary School”.

“Nearly £1,200 was raised last year for the Children’s Society by the Ditchling

Parish. Over half the total sum was raised through Jerry Manser running the

London Marathon in April.”

“1992 is the year when this parish marks the 900 th anniversary of the foundation

of St. Margaret’s Church in Ditchling. To make our celebration special, a Festival

week is being planned by the Parochial Church Council, from the 12th to the

19th of July, to finish with a special service for St. Margaret’s Day.”

Graham Sharpless




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