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Vicar:DIRECTORYThe Revd David WallisThe Vicarage, 2 Charlton Gardens,Lewes Road, Ditchling, BN6 8WA(01273) 843165Churchwardens: Andrew Martin St Margaret’s (01273) 846123Readers:Mike Sewell Streat Church (01273) 890366Mark Moody-StuartDoreen KallmanRichard AllenColyeen BlanchardSt Martin’s(01273) 846525(01273) 844743(01273) 842919(01273) 844914Hon Treasurer: Mark Moody-Stuart (01273) 846525Bookkeeper: Sue Sewell (01273) 890366Hon Secretary: Margaret Bovill (01273) 845319Stewardship Officer: Rodney Dodds 01444 250753Organist: John Sandford St Margaret’s 07855 957644Hon Organists:Lynette WalkerLynn BondStreat ChurchSt Martin’s(01273) 891005(01273) 842387Parish office Email: admin@beaconparishes.org Phone: 01273 843165The BeaconEditor: Graham Sharpless (01273) 845368AdvertisingManagers:Sue & George Hancock (01273) 890298DistributionManagers:Jenny BellMargaret MooreDitchling(01273) 843194(01273) 843805Paul Charman Streat & Westmeston (01273) 844743Full membership of the PCC can be found on the website:www.BeaconParishes.orgThe Revd David Wallis’s day off is FridayThe Beacon Parish is a registered charity,number 1132488Front cover: Fr David and Sally in St Margaret’s Church


The Beacon April 2013The Magazine for the Parish of Ditchling, Streat & WestmestonContentsThe Beacon Churches Calendar April 2013 ................................................................ 2Fr David writes ............................................................................................................. 3Supper at Bethany a sermon by Richard Allen .................................................................. 3Bible Notes ............................................................................................................... 7Joan Comber ............................................................................................................ 9Beacon Parish Church Duties April 2013 ...............................................................10Beacon Parish News .................................................................................................. 10Book Reviews .........................................................................................................11Is there enough room in the church? by Richard Allen ............................................14Prayer Diary – April 2013 ........................................................................................... 16News from Chichester Diocese ................................................................................. 18What’s On in April 2013 ............................................................................................ 20What’s On in May 2013 ............................................................................................. 21Ditchling Women’s Groups ....................................................................................... 21Children and Young People ....................................................................................... 25Village News ............................................................................................................... 28Nature Corner ............................................................................................................ 35The Beacon in the Past ..........................................................................................38In April we remember:In Memoriam1 st Josephine Myrtle Crofton 1 st Kelly Truran2 nd Pauline Thaw 2 nd Thelma Shirley Coomber8 th Bertha Mary Laker 10 th Peter King13 th Rebecca Skelton 17 th William (Bill) Taylor17 th Mabs Clifton 27 th Harry L Ager27 th Wilfred Hanchant1


The Beacon Churches Calendar April 2013Morning Prayer at Ditchling: Monday to Friday at 9.00 am3 Wed Eucharist Ditchling 9.30am7 Sun SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTERPlease note; there are no services at St Margaret’sas we host the Sussex Guild Craft FairBEACON EUCHARIST Westmeston 9.45am10 Wed Eucharist Ditchling 9.30am14 Sun THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTERSung Eucharist Ditchling 9.45amMorning Prayer Streat 9.45am17 Wed Eucharist Ditchling 9.30am21 Sun FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTERBEACON EUCHARISTFollowed by the APCMStreat9.45am24 Wed Eucharist Ditchling 9.30am28 Sun FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTERBEACON EUCHARIST Ditchling 9.45amEveryone is very welcome to attend any of the church services listed above. Youwill be sure of a warm welcome. Coffee, tea and delicious homemade cakesand/or biscuits are normally available after the Sunday 9.45 am services in StMargaret’s, Ditchling. We look forward to seeing you there or at any of theother services in the Beacon Parish.The Beacon Parish OfficeOpen on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings9.30 am to 12 noon (the place to direct any enquiries)01273 843165 email: admin@beaconparishes.orgwww.beaconparishes.org2


Fr David writesDear FriendsA joyous and blessed Easter to you all.My letter to you this month has a distinctly practical note.Firstly I want to congratulate and thank all those who havebeen involved in the renovation of the downstairs vestry, inparticular Andrew, Jan, Graham and Sally. The room hasbeen totally transformed and will be an excellent space fora variety of activities. Now that it has been so greatlyimproved, we need a new name for the room that is moreinspiring than the ‘downstairs vestry’! If you have any ideas I would be verypleased to hear them. We want to keep the ball rolling by now turning ourattention to the upstairs vestry which is also in much need of redecorating.During April, our structure of services is considerably different from the norm soplease make sure that you check the church calendar before setting out forSunday Services. On the weekend of Sunday 7 th April, we are pleased towelcome back the Sussex Guild for their Contemporary Craft Fair at StMargaret’s. This means we will be meeting at St Martin’s, Westmeston at9.45am. On Sunday 21 st April, we will be holding our Annual Church Meeting atStreat Church. This will be preceded by a Beacon Eucharist at 9.45am. Speakingof our structure of services, thank you to those of you who took the time to fill ina service questionnaire. We are now collating all the information and will bediscussing your views at the next PCC meeting.In this edition of the Beacon, the ‘thought for the day’ letter has been written byRichard Allen based on an excellent sermon that he preached on Passion Sunday.I commend it to you and hope that you find it as stimulating and helpful as thosewho heard it in church.May God bless you this EasterFr DavidSupper at BethanyAlthough the reading for today (John 12 1-8) is short, it is packed with so muchsignificance for us on Passion Sunday. Reading it and then visualising thedramatic story of Mary’s actions, the response of Judas Iscariot and then ourLord’s remarkable statement about the poor, leaves us in a wave of differentemotions and reactions.3


were after him. And John tells us the precise day that Jesus arrived in Bethany…’Six days before the Passover’. Jesus was fully aware that danger lay ahead ofhim and that he was going to be put to the ultimate test.So, there is already an edge to the atmosphere at the supper table, anawareness, or premonition that something was about to happen. Then into thatbubbling tension came the dramatic action of Mary. She ‘took a pound of costlyointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with herhair’. For us, just reading that verse is perhaps of no great impact – we have readit so many times. But for those at that supper table at Bethany, Mary’s actionswere absolutely amazing. We might see Martha pursing her lips in disapproval,Lazarus perhaps looking the other way and the disciples holding their breath –perhaps supremely embarrassed, perhaps just dumbfounded! For it was not theuse of the expensive ointment which would have caused such astonishment, butthe fact that Mary had loosened her hair and used it to wipe the feet of our Lord.Bishop Tom Wright, in his commentary on this passage, says that for a woman tolet down her hair on such an occasion and, with men present, would be theequivalent, at a modern polite dinner party, of a woman hitching up a long skirtto the top of her thighs! Under their breath, many of the disciples must havesaid to themselves ‘What on earth is going on?!’Judas it is who says something and points to the waste of money and how thatmoney could have been used to help the poor. And indeed it was a lot of money– perhaps a year’s wages says one commentator. And Jesus makes what wemight think, at first glance, is a slightly offhand remark about the poor – ‘Thepoor you will always have with you, but you do not always have me.’ By now,the tension is definitely rising and the shadow of the cross is beginning to darkenthe set. Jesus is only too aware of what lies before him, that his death is nowonly days away. Did Mary also have a presentiment that Jesus was to die soon,that he would be buried in haste with not enough time to anoint him properly?For Mary, nothing was too good for her Lord – she had had the wonderfulexperience of meeting and believing in the most remarkable man in the worldand her love for him justified every possible extravagance. But her action wasalso one of humility because it was his feet that she anointed with the preciousointment and, such was her belief in trust in our Lord, that convention could beignored and flouted whatever others might think.As a side point here, there is of course a similar story in Luke Chapter 7, placedmuch earlier in Jesus’ ministry where a woman, described as a sinner, anointedthe feet of our Lord in the same way. Some believe that woman was MaryMagdalene, but that at that time, she was still a stranger. Other scholars believe5


there could have been 2 incidents. In any case, John used his account to point toMary of Bethany being someone well known to Jesus and to this event being acrucial step in the path to the Cross.What is interesting is that we hear nothing from the other disciples. Was Peterthere? He usually blurts out something in these unusual occurrences. And hisbleak moment was to come later in that week when he was to let down Jesus.Peter was the one to go on to say he did not know Jesus, whereas Judas was theone to go on to say that he did know Jesus. Both betrayed Jesus, but Peter wasforgiven and returned from darkness into light, but Judas remained in darknessand killed himself very soon after his betrayal.Over 10 years ago, Pam and I went to Glyndebourne for Harrison Birtwistle’sopera ‘The Last Supper’. What was most striking about this portrayal of thePassion was how sympathetically Judas was depicted. It really is a tragic story forJudas must have had many good qualities otherwise why was he chosen as oneof the original twelve disciples. And, presumably, he had the right skills to be thetreasurer of the community of the twelve friends even if, latterly, he wassuspected of dishonesty. Was it greed to make money from the chief priests orwas it disillusionment with the reality of the Messiah? Was it that Jesus waspreaching a gospel of love rather than revolution against the Romans? Was thatextravagant gesture of love by Mary of Bethany the last straw for Judas? Or wasit that the Devil got into his mind and cast him into darkness? We need toremember that, when Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, we heard from Lukethat ‘when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until anopportune time’. Judas provided just that opportunity for the Devil as thatshadow of the Cross deepened still further.And so we emerge at the end of our second act and seek the relief of anotherinterval – the curious half cheerful Palm Sunday when we shall sing ‘All Glory,laud and honour, to thee, Redeemer King’. But we know we are going to have towatch that third act and to make our way through those solemn days of HolyWeek up to the sadness and depth of Good Friday.From the characters we have considered at Bethany, with whom shall we travelthese next two weeks? Are we like Martha? Too preoccupied with everydaymatters to ever see the big picture of just what believing in Jesus Christ reallymeans? Are we like Lazarus, overwhelmed by the amazing love shown for us byJesus Christ in saving us from darkness and giving us life? Or are we with Mary –able to demonstrate beyond all doubt that our lives are entirely bound up withour belief and trust in the love of our Lord – that comes beyond all else in ourlives? Or are we sometimes led astray like Judas who suddenly lost all hisconfidence in our Lord and who acted impulsively and ultimately to his great6


egret – are we also guilty of betrayal? Or are we like those disciples on eitherside of the stage – still amazed by what we read, what we hear and what welearn about our faith, but still not quite able to believe it all – after all, they alldeserted Jesus on that final night before the Crucifixion.Passion Sunday is indeed that Sunday of the year when we are uneasy, when wehave that sinking feeling that as human beings we share the failure of all thosearound Jesus who just could not see that he was the Son of God and who, for usand our sins, allowed himself to be hung up like a common criminal on the Cross.All these emotions are here in this brief account of the Supper at Bethany andyet our great consolation is that, as we shall sing in our final hymn this morning,it is the love of Jesus that has kept and guided us and cheered us on our way,sought us and saved us, pardoned and provided, Lord of the years, we bring ourthanks today.AmenBible NotesLet us dwell on the verse of the month from 2 Samuel. Strangely last month’sverse was from the last words of Samuel and this month’s is from the last wordsof David; 2 Samuel 23:4 (KJV) “And he shall be as the light of the morning whenthe sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing outof the earth by clear shining after rain. Trust David to give such light and beautyto the words”.Who is the “he” that David is describing? A righteous ruler in verse 3 “He thatruleth over men must be just ruling in the fear of God.” David was chosen as Kingby the Lord and anointed by Samuel, 1 Samuel 16:12-13. So a ruler himself; butlike us all he was tarnished by sin, so immediately following verse 4 David says inverse 5 “although my house be not so with God.” One can practically feel David’ssadness of being unable to be righteous in the sight of God. Continuing in verse 5“YET he (God) hath me an everlasting covenant ordered in all things and sure: forthis is all my salvation and all my desire.” Of course this points to Jesus, the onlyrighteous ruler.David, a real sinner as we all are, but how he acknowledged the fact andrepented as we see in Psalm 51 “Against you only have I sinned... cleanse mefrom my sin... restore to me the joy of your salvation.”The result in Acts 13:22 Paul explains that God made David their king. Hetestified concerning him “I have found David son of Jesse a man after my ownheart, he will do everything I want him to do.”Jill Veness7


Joan ComberJoan Comber, who died on February 15 th aged 91, grew up in Brighton where shewent from Ditchling Road primary school to Varndean Girls Grammar School. Atthe outbreak of war she passed the training to become a nursing auxiliary but aninfection meant she was not able to continue and as fresh air was recommendedshe joined the land army. After the war she was a librarian at Boots library andwas always a great reader and advocate of public libraries. In 1946, having beenapart for most of the war, she married Mick Comber, another Old Varndeanian,at Preston Church, Brighton.At the beginning of the 1960s, with three children, they came to live in Ditchling,at first in ‘Waimea’, Fieldway and, after a brief sojourn in Glasgow, returned tolive at The Chestnuts in North End where Joan remained until just a few monthsago. Having been a ‘town girl’ she now embraced village life, joining the WI andMother’s Union and, suitably for Ditchling, took up spinning and weaving.Always busy and energetic, she picked tomatoes at the nursery in Beacon Roadand apples at Nat Catchpole’s orchard in Spatham Lane before beginning a jobwhich lasted for several years at Peter Eastwood Nurseries where her work ratewas so productive that it became the standard that others were expected toreach!Joan contributed in many ways to the community not least as a foundationmanager of St Margaret’s School. Her quiet concern for others wasdemonstrated in such practical ways as delivering Meals-on-Wheels and thenrunning the Sheltered Work Centre which involved organising the successfulannual coffee morning. Until recently Joan was a volunteer at the Museum anda Trustee of Sprotts Charity.St Margaret’s Church was always central to her life in Ditchling and, as well asregularly attending services, she was one of the dusting volunteers and foundgreat comfort from simply being in the church especially after Mick died in 1983.In her last few years she met her friends at the Monday meeting in the Twittenbut otherwise was content to stay at home with frequent visits from childrenand grandchildren and on a summer day in her garden with the birds singing shewould often say how lucky she felt to live in such a lovely place.Janet Cragg9


Beacon Parish Church Duties April 2013Time Church Service Lessons Readers Sidesmen7 2 nd Streat: Sue SewellSunday of Easter Flowers:Westmeston :Tessa Houghton9.45amWestmestonBeaconEucharistActs 5: 27 - 32John 20: 19 - end14 3 rd Sunday of Easter Flowers:9.45am Ditchling9.45amStreatSungEucharistMorningPrayerActs 9: 1- 20John 21: 1 - 19Acts 9: 1 - 6John 21: 1 - 1921 4 th Sunday of Easter Flowers:9.45amStreatBeaconEucharist2 Timothy 2: 3 - 13John 15: 18 - 2128 5 th Sunday of Easter Flowers:9.45am DitchlingBeaconEucharistActs 11: 1 - 18John 13: 31 - 3510Doreen KallmanMark Moody-StuartPaul CharmanBrenda HallStreat: Sue SewellWestmeston :Tessa HoughtonPam GaskinDi MartinJudy EssexMyrtle SkeltonSue SewellGeorge HancockStreat: Sue HancockWestmeston Clare Farrands.Mark Moody-Stuart Mike SewellMike MiddletonStreat: Sue HancockWestmeston Clare Farrands.Di MartinBeacon Parish NewsIan BerrillPaul CharmanStreat Barn GardenA reminder that the first 'maintenance meeting' for Streat Barn Garden is onSaturday 6 th April at 9.30am. Your help would be much appreciated. Coffee andbiscuits will be served.Ditchling Summer Ball CharityOn behalf of Fr David and the PCC, I would like to remind everyone that theorganisers of The Ditchling Summer Ball are still looking for donations of AuctionLots. Last year they gave us a very generous donation of £1,500 which wenttowards the Youth Project, and they plan to support us again this year. So itwould be very good if the parish supported them by donating some Auction Lots.


Perhaps this could be something a bit different, maybe your time to do someDIY, host a dinner party, gardening or anything else you might want to donate.If you are able to help please contact Nikki Chapman atcontact@ditchlingcharityball.co.uk or call her on 07970 251409. The ball willtake place on Saturday 8 th June.Sue Sewell, BookkeeperThe Beacon Churches “100 Club”The winners of the February draw were Margaret Houston and Brenda Steptoeboth receiving prizes of £20.Pam Gaskin 01273 843182Book ReviewThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C S LewisWhile I was looking through the contents of the churchbookshelves I was delighted to find a copy of "The Lion,the Witch and the Wardrobe" by CS Lewis. This is thefirst book of the seven Chronicles of Narnia which havealready taken their place among the great children'sclassics. Lewis was a noted theologian, literary scholarand prolific writer. He insisted that the proper reasonfor writing a children's story is "because a children'sstory is the best art form for something you have tosay”.The children in this story are staying in a rambling oldhouse in the country when they become involved in analien world of powerful magic. Lucy is the first of them to find herself in thestrange snowy world of pine forests after walking through the back of awardrobe, followed by Edmund and later by Peter and Susan.Thus begins the first story of Narnia where we learn of the evil White Witch, thegreat and good lion, Aslan, and the many strange creatures.This is a children's book but I confess to reading it again with great enjoymentand admiring the literary skill and imagination of C S Lewis. I found myself gazing,speculatively, at my wardrobe!!Dee Grainger11


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Is there enough room in the church?How many actually attend church?The Victorians wanted to know whether their churches were big enough toaccommodate the rapidly growing population and just how many people wereattending church or chapel on a Sunday? The original idea was to include thesequestions in the census of 1851, but, such was the outcry against furtherenquiries into people’s lives, that it was decided to hold a separate ReligiousCensus. There were loud protests from many church people, principally from theAnglican Church - perhaps afraid that the results might favour the growingnonconformist congregations! Consequently, the accuracy of the returns was, insome areas, sadly lacking and some clergy refused to complete them at all!Enumerators for the Census were instructed to distribute special forms to thechurches in their districts, in the hope that the priest or minister would completeand sign the forms which would then be collected from them. The day set for theCensus was Sunday, March 30 th 1851 – the Fourth Sunday in Lent.The results for our three communities were as follows.Population1851MorningAttendanceAfternoonAttendanceDitchling 1069 180 + 70 300 + 70Streat 170 50 + 16 75 + 9Westmeston 308 90 + 20 120 + 20[Interpretation: 180 + 70 = 180 adults and 70 in Sunday School]Some commentators allow an actual figure of 50% for the afternoon figures onthe grounds that many who attended church had already done so in themorning.Ditchling was unusual in this part of Sussex for having two chapels in addition toSt Margaret’s. There was the Ditchling Independent Church whose congregationof about 50 had been worshipping together for ‘about six years’. Then there wasthe Unitarian General Baptist Church which worshipped at the Old MeetingHouse and where there was room for 200, but about 40 attended on themorning of March 30 th . There were no nonconformist chapels in Streat orWestmeston.At St Margaret’s, the Vicar, Julius Noaille, gave very little away, merely thefigures in the table above and no indication of the accommodation available.14


At Westmeston, the Vicar, William Campion, again did not sign the form andgave just the bare information.Over at Streat the Rector, William Fitzhugh was much more forthcoming. Hesigned the form, but perhaps confused matters slightly by adding a further 106attendees which may have been given for an evening service. He reported thatthe services were ‘morning and evening alternatively’. On the question ofaccommodation, Mr Fitzhugh also revealed that all the seats in Streat churchwere ‘assigned to certain houses, but when unoccupied by the inhabitants areopen to all’.No conclusions to these returns have been recorded. But it is interesting to notethat, within the next 20 years, all three Anglican churches underwent extensiverestoration.So, as we all complete our forms for the new Electoral Roll for 2013, we canreflect that Sunday March 30 th 1851 was really quite a special day in the historyof our three communities.Reference: J.A.Vickers: The Religious Census of Sussex 1851. Sussex Record Society Volume 75Richard Allen15


Feast DaysPrayer Diary – April 2013Prayer for the world church& Prayer for this diocese1 Monday in Easter Week Mount Kilimanjaro(Tanzania)Cowden with Hammerwood2 Tuesday in Easter Week Mpumalanga (SouthernAfrica)Ifield3 Wednesday in EasterWeekMthatha (Southern Africa)Turners Hill, St Leonard4 Thursday in Easter Week Muhabura (Uganda)Worth, Pound Hill &Maidenbower5 Friday in Easter Week Multan (Pakistan)Rural Deanery of Horsham6 Saturday in Easter Week MumbaiBillingshurst, St Mary7 Easter 2 Mumias (Kenya)8 The Annunciation of OurLord to the Blessed VirginMaryMundri (Sudan)Horsham16Prayer for places inthe Beacon Parishand nearbyThe TwittenUnderhill LaneWaterman’s CottagesWellhouse LaneWest Street &DrovewayArdingly9 Muyinga (Burundi) BrightonItchingfield with Slinfold10 Mytikyina (Myanmar) Burgess HillLower Beeding, Holy Trinity11 Nagpur (North India) Ditchling CommonNuthurst & Mannings Heath12 NairobiEast ChiltingtonRoffey, All Saints13 Nakuru (Kenya)East GrinsteadRudgwick, Holy Trinity14 Easter 3 Nambale (Kenya)Diocesan Advisory Committee15 Namibia Hassocks


Feast DaysPrayer for the world church& Prayer for this dioceseRusper with Colgate16 Namirembe (Uganda)Shipley, St Mary17 Nandyal (South India)Southwater18 Nasik (North India)Warnham, St Margaret19 Nassau & The BahamasWest Grinstead, St George20 Natal (Southern Africa)Rural Deanery of Hurst21 Easter 4 Ontario22 Navajoland (USA)Albourne with SayersCommon & Twineham23 George, Martyr, Patron ofEnglandNdokwa (Nigeria)Burgess Hill, St JohnPrayer for places inthe Beacon Parishand nearbyHurstpierpointKeymerLindfieldNewickPlumptonPlumpton GreenSt George’s Park24 Nebbi (Uganda)South ChaileyBurgess Hill, St Andrew25 NebraskaWivelsfield GreenClayton with Keymer26 Nelson (NZ & Polynesia)Cowfold, St Peter27 NevadaDitchling, Streat & Westmeston:David Wallis, I; Richard Allen, Rdr;Colyeen Blanchard, Rdr28 Easter 5 Schools Department, Church House29 New Guinea IslandsHenfield with Shermanbury& Woodmancote30 New HampshireHurstpierpoint, Holy Trinity17


News from Chichester DioceseFor more information on these news items see the Diocesan website athttp://www.chichester.anglican.org/news.A Memorable DayThousands gathered on Tuesday 19 th March to welcome the Archbishop ofCanterbury to Chichester. At 11.30am the Archbishop walked through thecrowds to Market Cross, in Chichester, where he stopped to speak to schoolchildren and to offer prayer to people and invite them to walk alongside him tothe Cathedral.Roger Combes, the Archdeacon of Horsham, said he was very encouraged by thesheer number of people who had turned out to witness the historic occasion forChichester and the Diocese. He said: “So many people have come today towelcome their new Archbishop. I am very encouraged by this sign of hope. Itsends a very strong message that church has a real place in our hearts and lives.”Many onlookers commented on how relaxed, friendly and easy going theArchbishop was and hundreds of people crammed into the cathedral waiting toget a glimpse of him as he walked around the many prayer stations specially setup for the occasion. He said prayer on the hour and ended by attendingevensong.New role for women’s ministry in the DioceseCanon Julia Peaty was licensed as Dean of Women's Ministry, at ChichesterCathedral, on Sunday 3 rd March at the 3.30pm Evensong. Bishop of Chichester,Dr Martin Warner, said: "Canon Julia's new post will give her by right a place atthe Bishop's staff meeting and on the Bishop's Council, together with a cleardescription of her role in ensuring that women in ordained and lay ministry arerecognised, valued, and increased in number. I am delighted that she willcontinue in this new post with enhanced profile and opportunities."Bishop of Chichester to lead pilgrimage to Middle EastBishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, will be leading a Diocesan Pilgrimage tothe Middle East in November next year (20 – 28 November 2014) aimed atraising awareness of the ongoing quest for peace in the region. The 8 dayjourney of prayer, reflection and pilgrimage will take in the Galilee region andJerusalem. Pilgrims will leave from a variety of places across the region to jointheir flight from London to Tel Aviv. From there they will travel between Israeliand Palestinian areas staying in Tiberias, Bethlehem and Jerusalem along theway.18


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26 Fri27 Sat30 TueWhat’s On in April 2013Street Diner launch, Brighthelm Garden, QueensRoad, BrightonDitchling Museum Friends’ Association Concert ofGeorgian music, Old Meeting HouseDeadline for the Turner-Dumbrell Foundationapplications for grantsp 33p 32p 3011 am8 pmWhist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall p 26 7.15 pmWhat’s On in May 20132 ThuDitchling Film Society film Benda The Salt of Lifeand Mid-August Lunch, Ditchling Village Hallp 288 pm15 - 18Ditchling Players Spring production Far from theMadding Crowd'p 3115 Wed Frugal Lunch, Friends Meeting House 12.30 pm21 TueDitchling Village Association Coffee Morning,Ditchling Village Hallp 2810 am28 Tue Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall p 26 7.15 pm30 Thu Sing God’s Praises, St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling 7 pmDitchling Women’s GroupsDitchling Downs WIWe were delighted to welcome Peter Cave at our March meeting, who with hisdecades of experience at Lloyd's spoke to us of the fascinating history of the Cityof London from Roman times to the present day. We learnt how the wards (safeplaces) were created and of street names which reflected the trades, and of thealderman elections. Peter spoke of the development of the livery companies,their continuing support for apprentices and trade, of extravagant bargesjockeying for position on the river in Tudor times, and wide-ranging charitable21


work which still continues – all members are volunteers. We learnt of theprivileges of being a Freeman of the City of London. We were told of the coffeehouses with their admission costs of one penny which developed into the Lloyd’swe know today. As a WI we were glad to hear that women were finally allowedinto Lloyd’s in 1970 and delighted that the next Lord Mayor will be a woman.Our next speaker will be Robert Harris talking about the History of Harris Fairs atour meeting on Tuesday 9 th April, 7.00 for 7.30pm at the Friends MeetingHouse.Carolyn WebbDitchling WIFor our March meeting, our appointed Speaker was unwell, so Mr Dick Morleystepped in at very short notice and gave us a very interesting talk on the historyof the Ditchling Horticultural Society. This Society was established in 1831, withrules and subscriptions by Thomas Attree, a solicitor living in Ditchling andworking in Brighton. Initially members came from various local villages. Later,cottagers were allowed to enter their gardens, and their cottages for cleanliness.The Ditchling Horticultural Society own the allotments in the village as theDumbrells presented the field to the Society in perpetuity.The talk was followed by tea and biscuits and the raffle. The Flower of theMonth, a blue Iris, was won by Mrs Jonn Grinsted.Our next meeting is on Thursday 4 th April at 2.30pm in Ditchling Village Hall.This will be our Easter meeting, with a special Easter Tea. Our Speaker is IanEverest on “Newhaven Fort - Then and Now” and there will be a PhotoCompetition “Then and Now”. Visitors will be welcome.Briony Coomber 01273 845069Women’s FellowshipOur February meeting was held at Jonn Grinsted`s home. The Bellringers hadonce again kindly allowed us to borrow their handbells under the guidance ofPam Burr. Pam had the hard task of trying to teach, lead, prompt and encourageus to play the right note with the correct bell at the appropriate moment!... Wemanaged quite well with ‘There`s a hole in my bucket, dear Liza’ but when itcame to Beethoven`s ‘Ode to Joy’ things began to go a little awry! However, withPam going hoarse from calling out to us, we did finally succeed in producing amodestly recognisable sound!22


Our very sincere thanks to the Bellringers for allowing us to use such beautifulbells, to Pam for leading us and to Jonn for her hospitality.By the time this report appears in the Beacon our Easter Corporate Communion,taken by Father David, will have been held on March 19 th in the Friends’ MeetingHouse.The April meeting will be on Tuesday 16th April at 7.30pm at MargaretHouston`s home for a ‘Who am I?’ session! Please give a photograph of yourself(no name) as a young child in an envelope to Pam Burr by Monday 8 th April andplease ring Margaret (843688) nearer the time to say if you are coming. (Pleasenote the venues for the April and May meetings have been changed over).Margaret MooreTHE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION WOMEN’S SECTIONDITCHLING BRANCHChair – Pauline LeeST GEORGE’S DAY LUNCHSaturday 20 th April, 2013Ditchling Village Hall, starting at 12 NoonTickets Only £8.50p to include a glass of wineGrand Raffleall welcome - please come and supportthe Royal British Legionshoulder to shoulder with all who serveFor more information please ringMargaret Bovill 01273 84531923


Children and Young PeopleDitchling (St Margaret’s) CE Primary SchoolThis month's contribution comes from 1/2 Lowry, who wrote this poem afterhunting for a dragon down Nye Lane.We went on a Dragon HuntWe thought we saw the smashed and broken egg of a baby dragon,but it was just a cracked bit of rock.We thought we saw the blood of a dragon seeping through a tree,but it was just the buds of a plant.We thought we saw dragon scales,but it was just broken bark on an old tree that had turned white.We thought we saw a dragon’s tail swishing along the ground,but it was just cracks in the tarmac.We thought we saw dragon’s teeth,but they were just painted arrows on a speed bump.We thought we saw a burnt branch from a dragon's roar,but it was where a tree had been trimmed.We thought we saw a dragon’s potty,but it was just a deep hole in the ground filled with rainwater.We thought we saw scaly skin,but it was just a mat under the monkey bars.We thought we saw where a dragon lays its precious eggs,but it was just a hole in the trees against the fence by the bike shed.1 st Ditchling Scout GroupBeavers – Since half-term the Beavers have had a Music Night learning andplaying various instruments. Another evening was devoted to making gifts for“Someone Special” before Mothering Sunday and also evening hike learningabout local plants while walking the route.Cubs – An evening was devoted at looking at the Cub Promise and assessing theirown performances and aims for the future. Map reading skills were put to the25


test with a hike in the mud to Mac’s Farm followed by a Treasure Hunt. The nextmeeting is planned to be held at the Princess Royal pool for the purpose ofgaining badges for swimming.Scouts – The Sussex Fire Brigade gave a talk on Fire Safety during which ourScouts had the opportunity of seeing breathing apparatus and other equipmentin action. They also had the chance to practise the use of fire extinguishers. Onanother evening, owing to the cancellation of the annual Bowling Competitionan impromptu “Pub Quiz” took its place.March was the month of the annual “Masterspy” activity; an activity which hasbeen held for our Scouts for over 30 years! Regular readers of this report willremember that this is a hike that takes place in the dark which includes variousincidents on the way. An exciting storyline was involved, different every year,but all based on intrigue and espionage within a small French-speakingprincipality. A power cut on the previous Friday, you may remember it well,caused a perfect chance for the insurgents to steal the whole stock of a newrocket fuel from the principality’s secret laboratories. Our intrepid heroes had tosecure extra supplies by successfully carrying out tasks along the route anddelivering them to the final destination, at which point the fuel was put to thetest in the presence of the President and his lady. Happily the whole eveningwas successful and the insurgents were foiled again.Twenty adults (Leaders, parents and helpers) were involved in manning theincidents and checkpoints and dressing up to act their roles. Too many tomention individually in this report but our thanks to them all particularly to thefamily at Mac’s Farm for their hospitality at the end of the evening where therocket was fired and everyone enjoyed hot food and drink.Alec Gaskin, Group ChairmanWHIST DRIVETuesday 30 th April, Westmeston Parish Hall,starting at 7.15pmThe next Whist Drive will be held on Tuesday 28 th May at 7.15pmEveryone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)26


Village NewsDitchling Village Association Coffee MorningsThe next Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning will be on Tuesday April16 th in the Ditchling Village Hall between 10 am and 11.30 am as we have toensure that we vacate the village hall by 12noon. It is sponsored by the DitchlingPlayers. Dates and sponsors of coffee mornings for the remainder of 2013 arelisted below.DateMay 21 stJune 18 thJuly 16 thAugust 20 thSept 17 thOctober 15 thNovember 19 thDecember 17 thDitchling Film SocietySocietyHorticultural SocietyDitchling Morris DancersDitchling SocietyDitchling WIFriends of Village GreenDitchling Film SocietyFriends of St Margaret’sDVAWe shall be showing two films in April with the first on Thursday, 4 April 2013being Incendies. The film, which is essentially a family drama, begins in the styleof a detective thriller yet its climax is reminiscent of a Greek tragedy. After thedeath of a Canadian Lebanese woman, her grown up twin children discover fromthe will that they have a brother about whom they knew nothing and a father,who is still alive. The children must now go to the Lebanon to find them whichproves to be a journey into the dark and mysterious past of their deceasedmother. This intriguing and emotional film touches on myth and memory as wellas North American politics of identity and grievance. However, its contrived andeven bizarre final revelation depends on coincidences of almost Hardyesqueproportions.Director: Denis Villeneuve. Canada/France 2010. 139 mins. PG cert.On Thursday, 18 April 2013 our second film will be Benda Bilili! Staff Benda Bililiare a group of Congolese buskers, many of whom have been crippled by polioand abandoned by their government only to be left in squalid conditions, whogather beneath the acacia trees in Kinshasa zoo, where they dream of stardomand a mattress to call their own. This wonderful documentary shows how they28


get there, trailing a ramshackle alliance of middle-aged paraplegics and streetkids as they wend their way from African slum to European concert hall. Withtheir vibrant, soulful tunes and poignant lyrics, it is impossible not to be sweptaway by this most unlikely of success stories. However, with the pitfalls of life onthe streets infecting every frame, the film is not just a music documentary but isa tender snapshot of 21st century Africa that will remain fresh in the heart andmind long after the final credits roll.Director: Renaud Barret. The Congo 2010. 85 mins. PG cert.On Thursday, 2 May 2013 we shall be showing The Salt of Life which is acontinuation of Gianni Di Gregorio’s beguiling low-budget hit, Mid-AugustLunch. This is a delightfully gentle Italian comedy written by the director and is akind of romantic realist-fantasia reminiscent of both Fellini and Woody Allen.Director: Gianni Di Gregorio. Italy 2011. 90 mins. 12A cert.The films will be shown in Ditchling Village Hall. Films start at 8.00pm. 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 SamuelDitchling Village HallOur Annual General Meeting this year will be on Wednesday April 10 th 2013 inthe upper hall. Whether a Ditchling resident or not, or a current user of DitchlingVillage Hall or not, you are invited to attend. We have had an unusual year withsome big expenditure on maintenance and upgrading projects and some changesof personnel. We look forward to telling you all about them.We will start this year's AGM at 7.30pm with a short seminar on health, safetyand security. This is as close to a three-line whip for regular hirers to attend aswe can make it! Providing a safe, healthy and secure environment for thoseattending functions is the primary responsibility of the hall trustees and hirers. Itis as well occasionally to remind ourselves of what is needed to ensure that weexercise that responsibility with due care. We will tell you what you must bedoing to ensure the welfare of those attending your functions and you can tell usif you think there are any shortcomings in the facility we provide.We have maintained the high level of utilisation with a majority being by villageorganisations or residents. Most of the 'outside' organisations using it involvevillage residents. The hall is at the centre of the community. It is used for an29


incredibly diverse range of activities, including weddings, wakes, plays, dances,arts and crafts exhibitions, martial arts, yoga, talks, films, concerts and quizzes.So please come along. We will also offer you a free glass of wine or soft drink.There are no tickets – just come!Tom Dufty, Chairman of the Hall TrusteesApplications for Grants are invited fromTHE TURNER-DUMBRELL FOUNDATIONThe income which enables the Foundation to make grants, comes from theletting of the agricultural land at Lodge Hill and Bowries Fields, together withrents from the Turner-Dumbrell Workshops and the generous endowment fromthe Settler Dr Richard Turner.In 2011-12 The Foundation made grants totalling approximately £24,000.The Trustees are looking to fund applications for interesting and innovativeprojects that benefit the community while closely reflecting the Foundation’sgrant making objectives.These are to support charitable institutions or charitable purposes in Ditchling orin the immediate locality, with particular reference to St Margaret’s Church,education and the practice of preventive cardiology (by the encouragement ofhealthy lifestyle and exercise).If you received a grant this year and are applying again, the Trustees will requirean update on how your project is proceeding.Application forms are available on our website athttp://www.turner-dumbrell.org/grantsor can be requested in writing from the Secretary:Mrs Roma Leon, 22 Beacon Road, Ditchling,Hassocks, West Sussex BN6 8ULEmail: turnerdumbrell@btinternet.comCompleted applications should be sent to the Secretary, preferably byemail, no later than 30 th April 2013.30


Ditchling PlayersAs I write this the rehearsals for our Spring production 'Far from the MaddingCrowd' (15 th to 18 th May 2013) are moving on a pace and things are definitelytaking shape both on and off stage for what I'm sure will be an excitingproduction.We have found an excellent cast from not only within the Players but also fromother groups in the area so there will be some familiar and not so familiar facesto look out for. We have also broken a bit with tradition and have a central aislefor this production so that the cast can move through the audience (I've beenassured that there is no audience participation) as well as live music from a localfolk band.Tickets are £7.00 (Wednesday) and £8.00 (Thursday to Saturday) and go on salefrom Monday 22 nd April at Clifford Dann, High Street, Ditchling. Telephone01273 843344. We look forward to seeing you there.David Tettersell31


The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show6 th & 7 th April 2013, 10 am – 5pm, Admission £2, children freeThe Sussex Guild is proud to follow Ditchling's artistic tradition with our annualContemporary Craft Show in the village on the 6 th and 7 th April. In a friendly,relaxed atmosphere visitors can meet the makers, selected for their highstandards of design, innovation and craftsmanship. Members live and work inSussex or the adjoining counties.At the show in Ditchling Village Hall and St Margaret's Church, there will be anexciting array of furniture, ceramics, jewellery, metalwork, textiles, wood andprintmaking. Located between the two venues is the jewellery shop of SussexGuild members, Pruden and Smith.The Guild’s aim is to inspire and encourage public appreciation of fine craftwork,both traditional and contemporary. Do come to meet the Sussex Guild membersand enjoy this very special show, perhaps buying or commissioning your ownindividual work of art.To find out more visit the Sussex Guild Shop & Gallery, Southover Grange,Southover Rd, Lewes BN7 1TP Tel: 01273 479565 www.thesussexguild.co.ukHelen Warren, the Sussex Guild Publicity OfficerDitchling Museum Friends’ AssociationA concert of Georgian music in the old Meeting House on Saturday 27 th April at8.00 pm.Tabuni, a women’s ensemble led by Tamta Turmanidze, will sing an enchantingcollection of Georgian songs of life, love, loss, weather and worship from theCaucasus.The tickets, which cost £10 each and include a glass of Georgian wine, can beobtained from Ditchling Post Office or from Martin Roberts (01273 843890).Newick & District Decorative and Fine Art SocietyPlumpton Village Hall Tuesday April 9 th 2013 at 2.15‘Out of the Blue’ is the title of this month’s lecture. Blue is the colour of the skyand the Virgin Mary's gown. It is the colour of the sea and the haze of distantmountains. It can suggest sadness and change of mood. Woad, as used by theancient Britons was the people's dye, cheap but not particularly cheerful.32


Ultramarine that most prized of pigments was imported from the Himalayas andcost more than gold.Now have you ever wondered about the significance of the colour blue inpaintings? Where for example did the blue in mediaeval illuminatedmanuscripts come from? How did the glaziers of our Gothic cathedrals maketheir blue glass? Why doesn't the Virgin Mary wear green, or why is Krishnapainted blue? Our lecturer, Alexandra Drysdale, will be telling us the story ofblue in Art and she will take us from the lapis lazuli Afghanistan mines to theindigo dyers in Africa, to the studios of Titian, Vermeer and Chagall and tocontemporary artists who use blue. Her aim is to open our eyes to the languageof painting in a new and exciting way. She graduated from the Chelsea Schoolof Art with a First and she is a professional artist specializing in sculpture andperformance.If you are not a member of our society then the cost is £5 on the door with teaand biscuits afterwards and a chance to talk to the speaker. We look forward towelcoming you. If you require any further information please ring MarjorieBlunden on 01825 723250.Annette ShelfordStreet Diner brings street food revolution to BrightonStreet Diner is Brighton’s first weekly street food market, bringing the UK’svibrant street food scene to the streets of BN1. Launching Friday 26 th April in theBrighthelm Garden on Queens Road, it’s the only Brighton market to fullydedicate its space to established and emerging street food traders based in andaround Sussex.The garden is one of Brighton’s few public green spaces and the Brighthelm hadbeen looking for the right market offering to run there for some time. With itsemphasis on sustainability, community and provenance, Street Diner was anatural fit. The weekly event will help regenerate the site, encouraging newvisitors to enjoy its centrally located space.The hungry public can expect a mouth-watering tapestry of food from tradersthat will be cooking up some of the world’s most popular street foods. Eatsinclude gourmet Sussex burgers and dishes from Spain, Mexico, Asia, USA, Italyand the Middle East. Produce is seasonal and whenever possible, locally sourced.Street Diner is the concept of Market Manager, Kate O’Sullivan of Brighton andEvents Manager, Christina Angus of Hassocks. Running every Friday from April33


26 th from 11am to 3pm, it’s an unmissable summer destination for street foodlovers of all ages.Follow Street Diner on twitter @streetdiner or onfacebook.com/streetdinerbrightonBreak into golf with the Piltdown AcademyAre you thinking of taking up golf, or giving it a try? Have you had a break fromthe game and want to return to playing? Or are you an occasional golfer wantingto play more regularly? Piltdown Golf Club is running an Academy, which willprovide professional lessons in the basic skills and knowledge of the game, andopportunities to play on our beautiful course.Full details are contained in a leaflet which can be obtained from the Secretary.Call now on 01825 722033, email secretary@piltdowngolfclub.co.uk, or visit theclub in person at Golf Club Lane, Piltdown, Uckfield, TN22 3XB. To find out moreabout Piltdown GC, visit www.piltdowngolfclub.co.uk.Benjamin Britten Centenary ConcertSaturday 6 th April 2013, 7:30 pm, Lancing College ChapelA concert to celebrate Benjamin Britten's Centenary comprising Britten’s Rejoicein the Lamb, Ceremony of Carols, Te Deum; Jubilate and the cantata Abrahamand Isaac. Sussex chorus will be joined by Kat Carson – soprano; AlexandraRogers - mezzo-soprano; Neil Jenkins – tenor; Stephen Doerr – baritone; JohnWalker – organ and Terence Allbright – piano. The concert will be conducted byAlan Vincent,Tickets are priced at £15 with £12 concessions and children free from SussexChorus Ticket Manager 01444 412579 and the Dome Box Office 01273 709709.For more information see www.sussexchorus.org/concerts/britten2013.Burgess Hill Choral Society Spring ConcertIn our Spring Concert, we are joined by soloists trained by renowned localteacher Penny Jenkins in a semi-staged performance of Purcell's Dido andAeneas. We are also delighted to be performing the world première of Requiemby acclaimed local composer Alan Smith. Alan has won numerous internationalawards and prizes and his music is widely performed throughout Europe andAmerica and broadcast on Classic FM and Radio 3.34


The concert is on Saturday 20 th April, at 7.30pm, at St Andrew’s Church,Junction Road, Burgess Hill. Tickets are available from members of BHCS, theBurgess Hill Town Council Help Point, 96 Church Walk, or by telephoning 01444831161.Nature CornerNature NotesAlthough this year Spring seems late with several colder periods, on 2nd Marchin my garden I found a Wood Pigeon’s egg recently predated by a Magpie stillwith the contents wet. The population of Wood Pigeons is recognised as beingvery high in recent years and despite laying only two sparkling white egg with nocamouflage, usually rear at least a couple of broods annually and like its nearrelative the Collared Dove has been found with eggs in every month of the year.I recently received the information on a Swallow ringed as a nestling on 2nd.August 2010 caught and released by a study group in Northern Spain last April onher second return journey to Britain. By the recorded weight she was in goodcondition and with things in her favour could survive many more of these epictravels. I have recaptured one five years after ringing but the British record istwelve.In the news lately the huge population of deer has been highlighted. More than amillion and a half are estimated to roam the country and with no naturalpredators are increasing. The damage to young trees as they select the youngesttenderest shoots is regarded as serious. Locally, where woodlands have beenmanaged in the traditional way by coppicing the Hazel, much of the new shootshave been taken and the re-growth retarded. To try to counter this at theSedgebrook Wood at the Hospice, brushwood from the tops of the Birch treeshas been placed on the Hazel stumps to protect them.Coppiced Hazel with standard Oaks and Ash are the widespread AncientWoodlands in these parts. They are recognised as important to wildlife with apatchwork of areas at different stages of re-growth supporting various insectsand birds fulfilling their requirements for food or nesting cover. Where the deeraffect the re-growth pattern, there will be a loss of habitat and small birds, mostof which nest on or very close to the ground in dense cover, fail to breed.Nightingales, Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs are among those that nest in such placesso it will be interesting to record their situation this year. I find it fascinating howone unrelated species can unbalance a whole ecosystem.35


Of course if the necessary cull of these deer is to take place it must be doneprofessionally and humanely thus providing really healthy, free range organicmeat that we should use.Reg LanawaySlippery SlopesBy now all the snow should be behind us, but it seems as though mild wintersare a thing of the past. Our gardens must adjust to the changing conditions. It isnot just plants that have to be selected on their ability to cope, it is also thesurfaces that we use to move around our gardens, that have to be modified.Decking, which looks wonderful in the summer, can become an ice-rink in thewinter. Ensure that the timber used is grooved and textured to reduce risk. Ihave been forced to crawl over some stone terraces in winter, simply because itwas too dangerous to walk. Algae coating of the stone slabs is the cause and thiscan be cleaned with specialist products. Of the solid surfaces, I have found thatbrick is by far the safest in the winter. Its pitted texture, makes gripping by bootsand shoes much more secure. For driveways, resin-bound surfaces are soattractive and practical. It has all the clean lines of gravelled areas, but none ofthe annoying shifting stones.If possible, hard landscapingin the garden should makesome reference to thematerial used in theconstruction of its house. Soif you have a brick home, usebricks in the paths around thegarden or the terrace. Thebrick could be used as edging,or as detail in a stone terrace.Try to match the colour of thehouse brick to that of thehard landscaping. Whether itis brick, stone or gravel that isbeing used, materials shouldnot jar, ideally you want a flow from the house out into the green of the garden.By using locally sourced products, you will achieve a much more unified result.Haut Talk by Karoline Baird 07742 731967 haughty.culture@virgin.net36


The Beacon in the PastBelow are excerpts from previous issues of the Ditchling Beacon.40 years agoFrom the Vicar (Tony Way):Value Added TaxThe introduction of this completely new system of taxation on 1st April is justone more added complication to an already highly complicated existence. It willbe some time, of course before the full effect of the system will be apparent, butin the meantime all who are concerned with buying and selling, or providing anykind of ‘service’, will have to adjust to a whole series of new rules andregulations. A great deal will depend upon how well they have made theirpreparations in advance for the changeover. Mistakes will undoubtedly bemade; misunderstandings will arise – and there will be those who will exploit thesituation to their own advantage. It will, I am sure, be part of our christian duty38


to have patience and show sympathy, especially to the small shopkeeper forsome time to come.St.Edward’s Church, KeymerMy wife and I have accepted the kind invitation of the Priests and People of thisnewly built church to its Consecration by the Bishop of Arundel and Brighton onFriday, 6th April. We will be representing St.Margaret’s congregation, and feel ita great privilege to be attending.St.Margaret’s ChoirThe Choir gave an admirable rendering of the chorus “The Heavens are Telling”from Haydn’s Creation at Evensong on Quinquagesima Sunday. The trio was sungby Vanesa Wadey, Jim Morris and Norman Grose. …. We welcome AlanDewhurst (tenor), his wife and their son Stephen who have joined the Choir.20 years agoExcerpts from the Churchwardens’ Report for 1992In the last year …. We had the 900th anniversary celebration. The celebrationsextended for over a week, and the parish experienced not only the enjoyment ofeach event but the pleasure of coming and working together as a team.The life of the church does not depend on two churchwardens or on festivals,but on the groups which ensure that the church is repaired, cleaned anddecorated; our services are heralded by the church bells and our worshipilluminated by music and reading.The church building and churchyard have had more than their fair share ofexcitement in the last few years what with the hurricane of 1987 and the stormof 1990, and the resulting damage. Repairs have been carried out to the churchat a number of places, but it is a very old building and further repairs arerequired. Work will be undertaken on the wiring soon, whilst the clock’smechanism has broken and the repairs previously recommended …. will becarried out.We have lost Evensong for most of the month through lack of support, which issad for the few regular attenders and participants. It is essential that we supportthe monthly service, since it is now the only one left in which we can take timeto concentrate on the simple needs of thanksgiving and prayer, as distinct fromthe communion services.39


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