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

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

Murray PaineI got to know Murray in the autumn of 1982 when we came to Ditchling. Murraywas one of the servers and was also crucifer. He had a dry sense of humour, buthe was always gentle. Later he became Head Server at St Margaret’s and amember of the PCC.Murray’s parents lived near Caterham, near an airfield and his love of aeroplanesdeveloped from there as a boy and never stopped throughout his life. At aboutthe start of the Second World War Murray’s family moved to Hassocks. Peggywas also from London and moved to Hassocks.Peggy and Murray met at the bus stop in Hassocks, were married in 1958. Theycame to Ditchling and took an active interest in the church. Their son David wasborn in 1962.Murray often talked about his work in engineering and had many amusingstories. He had worked in mines and on one occasion was sent to Wales to installsome machinery in the pits. While in the local pub, he was surrounded by someaggressive miners who reckoned that he had never been down a pit, but heconvinced them he had, won them over and the job went well.Murray and Peggy were famous for their Christmas Parties which started in the1970s. So many people were invited that David had to hand out drinks throughthe window to people at the front door.On the PCC he always kept the peace; he had strong views, but usually thesewere not brought up at the meeting, but he would speak to the Vicar afterwards.In any situation if he could help he would always do something. Everything hedid, especially for the church, he did gently without looking for plaudits.Murray used to take David, as a boy, to air shows and David later becoming apilot. In later life Murray wanted to build his own plane for David to fly. Withhelp he ordered the kit from Switzerland and thought he might build it himselfbut his loss of sight ended his plans.His generosity continued almost until his death. As an example, just a few weeksago, he donated some money for the West Door of St Margaret’s.A thanksgiving service was held on the 2 nd December 2011, followed by acremation at the Brighton Crematorium.Andrew Martin6

Beacon Parish Church Duties January 2012Time Church Service Lessons Readers Sidesmen1 Second Sunday of Christmas Flowers:9.45am Ditchling9.45amAll-AgeEucharistMorningPrayerGalatians: 4: 4 - 7Luke 2: 15 - 21Isaiah 61: 10-11, 62: 1- 3Luke 2: 15 - 218 The Baptism of Christ Flowers:8am Ditchling Eucharist BCP9.45am Ditchling9.45amStreatEucharistMorningPrayerIsaiah 60: 1 - 6Ephesians 3: 1 - 12Matthew 2: 1 - 12Isaiah 60: 1 - 6Ephesians 3: 1 - 12Matthew 2: 1 - 12Isaiah 60: 1 - 6Matthew 2: 1 - 1215 2 nd Sunday of Epiphany Flowers:8am Ditchling Eucharist BCP9.45am Ditchling9.45am4pmStreatWestmestonWestmestonMorningPrayerFamilyEucharistEucharistRevelation 5: 1 -10John 1: 43 - end1 Samuel 3: 1 - 10John 1: 43 - 51Revelation 5: 1 -10John 1: 43 - endRevelation 5: 1 -10John 1: 43 - end22 3 rd Sunday of Epiphany Flowers:9.45am DitchlingBeaconEucharistGenises 14: 17 - 20John 2: 1 - 1129 4 th Sunday of Epiphany Flowers:9.45am DitchlingBeaconEucharistActs 1 - 22Matthew 19: 27 - end10Streat: Zarene MorrisonWestmeston: Brenda HalltbaDerek WalkerVicky BrandonCarl BelfieldPenny TyasBrenda HallStreat: Zarene MorrisonWestmeston: Brenda HallMargaretHoustonRodney DoddstbaMargaretHoustonDi MartinJudy EssexSue SewellStreat: Sue SewellWestmeston: Doreen KallmanColin FrenchNan CroftontbaCarol TesterYvonne SenColin FrenchJoan StylesJane RobertsSue SewellShelia TesterStreat: Sue SewellWestmeston: Doreen KallmanGeoff HeathTonyBlanchardIan BerrillStreat: Sue SewellWestmeston: Jo WrattenDi MartinJenny &Jasper Bell

Prayer Diary – January 2012Feast Days1 Naming & Circumcision ofJesusPrayer for the world church& Prayer for this dioceseThe Anglican Church in New Zealand &Polynesia2 Basil the Great 379 & 389Aba (Nigeria)3 Aba Ngwa North (Nigeria)4 Abakaliki (Nigeria)5 Aberdeen & Orkney6 The Epiphany O God, who revealed your only Son tothe Gentiles by the leading of a star,mercifully grant that we, who know younow by faith, may after this life enjoy thesplendour of your gracious Godhead,through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen7 Philip Nicholas Shuttleworth Adelaide (Australia)18428 The Baptism of Christ The Anglican Church of Australia9 Afikpo (Nigeria)10 William Laud, Archbishop ofCanterbury, 164511 Mary Slessor, Missionary inWest Africa, 1915Agra (North India)Aguata (Nigeria)12 Aelred of Hexham, 1167 Ahoada (Nigeria)13 Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers, Aipo Rongo (Papua New Guinea)Teacher of the Faith, 36714 George Fox, Founder of the Ajayi Crowther (Nigeria)Society of Friends 1691 (TheQuakers)15 Epiphany 2 Bangladesh16 Akoko (Nigeria)Hove, St Patrick11

Feast DaysPrayer for the world church& Prayer for this diocese17 Charles Gore, Bishop, 1932 Akoko Edo (Nigeria)Kingston Buci18 Week of Prayer for ChristianUnityThe Confession of Peter19 Wulfstan, Bishop ofWorcester 109520 Richard Rolle of Hampole,Spiritual Writer, 134921 Agnes, Child Martyr at Rome30422 Epiphany 3; Vincent ofSaragossa, Deacon, firstMartyr of Spain, 304Akot (Sudan)Portslade, St Nicolas & St AndrewAkure (Nigeria)Portslade, Good ShepherdAlabamaShoreham Beach, Good ShepherdAlaskaShoreham, St Mary de HauraAnglicana do BrasilNick Wetherall, Warden of Readers23 AlbanyShoreham, St Nicolas24 Francis de Sales, Bishop ofGeneva 1622Algoma (Canada)Southwick, St Michael & All Angels25 The Conversion of St Paul KenyaWest Blatchington, St Peter26 Timothy and Titus,Companions of Paul27 St Julian, Bishop of Le Mans3rd CenturyAmazon, Bp Saulo de BarrosHove, St John the Baptist: Paul DoickAmichi (Nigeria)Hove, St Andrew28 Thomas Aquinas 1274 Amritsar (North India)Rural deanery of Worthing29 Epiphany 4 BurundiDiocesan Overseas Council30 Charles, King & Martyr 1649 Andaman & Car Nicobar Islands (NorthIndia)Broadwater12

'Off to theRaces'Saturday 4 th February 2012,7.30 pm, Ditchling Village hall£10 per ticket to include supperDo come - tickets are available from the Post OfficeWHIST DRIVETuesday 31 st JanuaryWestmeston Parish Hall,starting at 7.15pmEveryone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.The next whist drive will be on Tuesday 28 th February at 7.15pmFor more details contact Doreen Kallman on 844743Streat Rectory Barnis available for appropriate use by organisations and individualswith connections to the Beacon Parish. A heated room with capacity for 40 people. A small kitchen and WC. Parking for 10 cars.Advance bookings can be made by telephone between 9.30 am and 5pm on 01273 891005.14

What’s On in January 20125 Thu Ditchling WI meeting, Ditchling Village Hall p 18 2.30 pm5 Choir Practice, St Margaret’s, Ditchling 6.15 pm9 Mon Ditchling Players auditions, Ditchling Village Hall 8 pmNewick Decorative and Fine Art Society lecture p 22 2.15 pmDreamtime to Machine Time: Aboriginal Art andCulture, Plumpton Village Hall10 TueDitchling Downs WI meeting, Friends Meeting p 18 7.30 pmHouse, East Gardens, Ditchling11 Wed Frugal Lunch, Friends Meeting House 12.30 pm12 Thu17 Tue24 TueDitchling Film Society film In the Mood for Love,Ditchling Village HallDitchling Village Association Coffee morning,Ditchling Village HallWomen’s Fellowship planning meeting, JonnGrinsted's homep 22p 19p 198.00pm10 am7.30 pm26 Thu Choir Practice, St Margaret’s, Ditchling 6.15 pm31 Tue Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall p 13 7.15 pm2 ThuWhat’s On in February 2012Ditchling Film Society film Uncle Boonmee,Ditchling Village Hallp 228.00 pm4 Sat 'Off to the Races', Ditchling Village hall p 13 7.30 pm8 Wed Frugal Lunch, Emmanuel Chapel 12.30 pm9 Thu Choir Practice, St Margaret’s, Ditchling 6.15 pmDitchling Village Association Coffee morning,21 Tuep 19 10 amDitchling Village Hall23 Thu Choir Practice, St Margaret’s, Ditchling 6.15 pm28 Tue Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall p 19 7.15 pm15

Calendar 2012Below are some important dates for 2012:January8 th Epiphany SundayFebruaryMarchAprilMayJune22 nd Ash Wednesday18 th Mothering Sunday1 st Palm Sunday5 th Maundy Thursday6 th Good Friday8 th Easter Sunday17 th Ascension Day27 th Pentecost (Whit Sunday)3 rd Trinity Sunday16 th Ditchling FairJuly20 th St Margaret of AntiochNovember1 st All Saints' Day2 nd All Souls' Day11 th Remembrance Sunday and St Martin25 th Christ the KingDecember2 nd Advent Sunday25 th Christmas16

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Ditchling Women’s GroupsDitchling Downs WI30 members met at the White Horse pub in Ditchling for the annual end of yearsocial and quiz. A big thank you was given to landlord John and his team forproviding a fantastic supper after which congratulations and gold medals(chocolate) were give to Shea Rawlings, Catharine Robinson, Pam Allen, AnnPaterson, Sally Waterman and Barbara Dollings who formed the winning quizteam. After an exchange of secret santa presents a warm vote of thanks wasgiven to President Judy Latham for being such a superb quiz master and fororganising such a fun evening.The first meeting of the New Year will be a week later than usual on TuesdayJanuary 10 th 7.30 pm for 8 pm, when Emma Mitchell from the Camelia BotnarFoundation will be our guest speaker. The venue will be the Friends MeetingHouse, East Gardens, Ditchling.Barbara Dollings 01273 843892Ditchling WIOur meeting on Thursday December 1 st was our Christmas party. We had a shortpanto performed by Jean and Dick Morley, a quiz, and party games plus a GrandRaffle. We had a competition for the best ‘Handmade’ Christmas Card which waswon by Dot Coleman. We followed this with a really nice Tea, then presentshanded out from a ‘basket’. A good time was had by all.Our next meeting will be in Ditchling Village Hall on Thursday 5 th January 2012 at2.30 pm, when our Speaker will be Neil Sadler. The subject will be ‘APoliceman’s Lot’. Visitors are very welcome.Joan Sayer, Tel 01273845255Women’s FellowshipWe had a very enjoyable Christmas Party in the warmth and comfort of Eileenand Jim`s home on 13 th December. It is always a happy occasion whenhusbands, partners and guests join us for our social events and this was noexception. We were about 28 in all, the ‘food’ contributions made for a variedand appetising ‘menu’ and the general buzz of conversation confirmed howmuch we all appreciated having time to relax in one another’s company. Eileenand Jim were presented with a bowl of spring bulbs in gratitude for their kindhospitality.19

Ditchling Film SocietyOur first film in the New Year will be shown on Thursday, 12 January 2012 and iscalled In the Mood for Love (the title of which is derived from a Bryan Ferrycover of the song of the same name, which is featured in the film). Set in HongKong, 1962, Chow Mo-wan is a newspaper editor who moves into a new buildingwith his wife. At approximately the same time, Su Li-zhen, an attractivesecretary and her executive husband also move into the crowded building. Withtheir spouses often away, Chow and Li-zhen spend most of their time together asfriends. They have everything in common from noodle shops to martial arts.Soon they are shocked to discover that their spouses are having an affair and,hurt and angry, they find comfort in their growing friendship even though theyresolve not to be like their unfaithful mates. However, in a cultural climatewhere respectability is important they try their utmost to hide their developingrelationship. Winner of a handful of awards in Cannes in 2000, this is a beautifullow key but always dramatic film with wonderful performances.Dir: Kar Wai Wong. Hong Kong 2000. 98 mins.Our February film will be screened on Thursday, 2 February 2012, and is entitledUncle Boonmee (full title: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives). UncleBoonmee is a middle aged farmer living up in the rural hills in Thailand. Sadly heis dying of a kidney disease and the film centres on the last days of his life.Together with his loved ones, including the ghost of his dead wife and his lostson who has returned in a non-human form, Boonmee explores his past lifes ashe contemplates the reasons for his illness.Dir: A Weerasethakul. Thai 2010 114 mins.The films will be shown in Ditchling Village Hall. Films are at 8.00 pm. Doorsopen at 7.30 pm. Free coffee and biscuits beforehand and ample free parkingbehind the hall. Guests and temporary members are welcome for a small chargepayable at the door,Rowena Cager and Melanie SamuelNewick Decorative and Fine Art SocietyPlumpton Village Hall 2.15 pm January 10 th ‘Dreamtime toMachine Time: Aboriginal Art and Culture’.This is the intriguing title to our January lecture. The Aborigines believe thatthey come directly out of the dreamtime of their ancestors and that their art isthe meeting of the far distant past with the new. Echoes of lives led perhaps23

over 40,000 years ago are apparent in the beautiful and vibrant pictures whichare painted today. The talk will be by Rebecca Hossack whose gallery in Londonwas the very first to exhibit Aboriginal Art. She is a new lecturer to NADFAS andit should be a really stimulating and excellent afternoon. We look forward toseeing you, £5 on the door, tea and biscuits afterwards. Any further informationrequired please ring Carole Burgon on 01273 890301 or Marjorie Blunden on01825 723250.HAPPY NEW YEAR everybody from your local NADFAS group!Annette ShelfordJust DessertsI felt as though I inhabited a parallel universe for much of 2011. It was theweirdest 12 months that could be imagined by any gardener: the spring thatnever was … daffodils and rhododendrons flowering simultaneously… summer inApril and May… an autumn that lasted until November… harvesting tomatoesand globe artichokes in December… poppies that flowered for 6 months … leavesstill on trees at Christmas … all very bizarre. We can only hope that in thecoming year, horticultural events will return to their correct season.Fertiliser is a fantastic reward for plants that have over-extended themselveswith the stresses and strains of the last 12 months. When purchasing fertilisers,check their N:P:K composition (nitrogen for leaf production, phosphorus for theroots and potassium for flowering), to ensure you feed the part of your plantthat requires the help. Natural fertilisers like manure and homemade compost,give a general boost to plants, but be prepared for the weeds they contain.Ashes from a wood-burning fire or chopped banana skins are an excellent sourceof organic potassium. Spent mushroom compost is a weed-free soil conditionerthat is very effective at de-clagging our Sussex clay. Just a word of cautionregarding any avian manure… it is dynamite, so use sparingly!I don’t fleece or wrap plants over winter. This is partly due to laziness, butlargely because I only tolerate tough-guy plants. My single concession to the coldis to fling a compost mulch over some plants once their foliage has died down,perennials like the sublimely lovely arum lily, Zanteschia aethiopica. It does givesa little extra protection to the plant’s crown, but the reason I do it, is bring on anearlier flowering.Compost and fertiliser … because they’re worth it!Haut Talk by Karoline Baird07742 731967 haughty.culture@virgin.net24

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Nature NotesI recently had a discussion with some experienced birders as to the state of theHouse Sparrow population locally. It appears that in some country areas they arenumerous whereas in more built up places very scarce. Out here in the stickswith a large grain store close by my garden I often get a couple of dozen feedingon the food I put out for what are usually but quite wrongly considered to bemore desirable species. Sparrows breed in roofs of houses and barns rearing twoor even three broods during the summer. The young in the nest and recentlyfledged require insect food so just feeding them with grain will not do. It issomething of a mystery why they are so patchy in distribution.It has been suggested that modern houses have no cavities to allow them intospaces under the eaves where traditionally they nested. Years ago though I canremember them building their untidy nests of grass and straw lined withfeathers in Beech hedges or thorn trees so unless modern Sparrows have lost theinstinctive skill to build such nests why are they in decline? Another site for nestsis the creeper on the walls of houses where a colony can be very successful. Inplaces an effort has been made to provide nest boxes for them, in rows, toaccommodate a colony. I hear some success has been achieved but in somecases only the end ones have been occupied.Another suggestion as to their decline in numbers is predation. With a name likeSparrowhawk it would suggest that Sparrows would be the main prey as they areindeed chunky birds up to thirty grams in weight but observations in the gardenfound that other species just as desirable. We know that Crows and Magpiespredate nests eating eggs and nestlings but unlike most birds that build opennests in hedgerows, the ones in buildings should be safer.In the book “Birds Britannica” that traces birds and human association it tells ofhow in Victorian times hundreds were regularly caught as food for countrypeople when sparrow pie was a regular on the menu. They were caught in largenets as they roosted in evergreen hedges in winter. Two people would hold alarge net along the hedge just after dusk while others on the opposite side wouldbeat the bushes to flush the birds out. There is a photograph of many sparrowscaught in a net in this way. This was common and widespread practice andseemingly did not affect the numbers of House Sparrows there were. In manyparishes “Sparrow Clubs” were a way boys could earn money when a bounty waspaid on each as they were such pests in corn growing areas when large flockscould decimate a cereal crop just approaching harvest. With everyone againstthem they were still numerous but now as we try to protect them their numbersdwindle. Incredible!Reg Lanaway26

The Beacon in the PastBelow are excerpts from previous issues of the Ditchling Beacon.40 years ago“The New Vestry is finished at last!” wrote the Vicar and 40 years later work hasbegun to refurbish and re-decorate it. He continued “I have to admit that afterthe Service of Dedication was over on the night of Sunday, December 5th I didbreathe a mighty sigh of relief. It has been a long and rather uphill pull eversince I came to the Parish, but the finished result … is highly satisfactory. It willprove a great asset to the Church”. The Vicar thanked “all those (some twenty inall) who came along with their paint brushes and other tools and equipment, andso nobly finished the decorations, cleaning, and other finishing details inreadiness for the Dedication. This act of ‘self-help’ will have saved the parishquite a considerable sum of money – and I think those involved enjoyedthemselves too!”The Vicar also referred to the planned building of St Margaret’s new schoolbuilding in Lewes Road and his intent to “provide a link between the school andthe Church”.20 years agoIn January 1972, it was noted that “a small bookcase” had been placed at theback of St Margaret’s church. “Books may be borrowed; just complete details inthe small red book…. Any comments or offers of books … would be muchappreciated.”St Margaret’s Choirmaster announced that “plans to buy new gowns for the ladymembers of the choir are progressing well” following money raised at theHarvest Supper and further donations.The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 1991 raised £1,393 in Ditchling fromcollections, a ploughmans’ lunch and a sponsored walk.Graham Sharpless27

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Subscribing toThe BeaconAn annual subscription for TheBeacon costs £6 for 12 monthlycopies, which can be delivered toyour door for residents of Ditchling,Streat or Westmeston.Each copy of The Beacon containsnews, events and other informationfrom the Beacon Parish andorganisations in the three villages.To subscribe to the Beacon pleasecontact Margaret Moore(01273) 843805If you would like to contribute to our magazine on church and villagecommunity matters, or receive further copies, please get in touch with:Graham Sharpless, 23 North Court, Hassocks, BN6 8JSTel: 01273 845368 E-mail: sharpless@btinternet.comwww.BeaconParishes.orgCopy deadline for the February 2012 edition isFriday 20 th JanuaryContributions should, where possible, be sent by email to the emailaddress above either in the body of the email or as a Microsoft Word file.For events please ensure that all necessary details are included, such astitle, venue, date, time, ticket prices and availability.Printed by DPS Ltd, Burgess Hill30

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