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Christingle EucharistSt Margaret’s, Ditchling, 16 th December 2012Front cover: Christingles at the Christingle Eucharist in Ditchling


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) 84291901444 246186Hon 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 11324881


The Beacon January 2013The Magazine for the Parish of Ditchling, Streat & WestmestonContentsThe Beacon Churches Calendar January 2013 ................................................................. 3Fr David writes ......................................................................................................................... 4Bible Notes ............................................................................................................... 6Beacon Parish News ............................................................................................................... 7Beacon Parish Church Duties January 2013 ..........................................................13‘The Fruit of the Spirit is Love’ ...............................................................................14Prayer Diary – January 2013 ............................................................................................... 16What’s On in January 2013................................................................................................. 20What’s On in February 2013 .............................................................................................. 20Calendar 2013........................................................................................................................ 21News from Chichester Diocese ......................................................................................... 22The British Empire ..................................................................................................24Ditchling Women’s Groups ................................................................................................ 26Children and Young People ................................................................................................ 27Village News ........................................................................................................................... 31Nature Corner ........................................................................................................................ 37The Beacon in the Past ..........................................................................................38The 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


The Beacon Churches Calendar January 2013Morning Prayer at Ditchling: Monday to Friday at 9.00 am2 Wed Eucharist Ditchling 9.30am6 Sun EPIPHANY SUNDAYEucharist (BCP) Ditchling 8.00amAll Age Eucharist Ditchling 9.45amMorning Prayer Westmeston 9.45am9 Wed Eucharist Ditchling 9.30am13 Sun THE BAPTISM OF CHRISTSung Eucharist Ditchling 9.45amMorning Prayer Streat 9.45am16 Wed Eucharist Ditchling 9.30am20 Sun THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EPIPHANYEucharist (BCP) Ditchling 8.00amMorning Prayer Ditchling 9.45amEucharist Streat 9.45amEucharist Westmeston 4.00pm23 Wed Eucharist Ditchling 9.30am27 Sun THE CONVERSION OF ST PAULTHE BEACON EUCHARIST Ditchling 9.45am30 Wed Eucharist Ditchling 9.30amEveryone 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.3


Fr David writes2013: Another year, another number?Dear FriendsDoes the change from 2012 to 2013 make any realdifference?Yes! This is ‘2013’ because we measure time from themoment God became one of us. The entire population ofthe world measures time from the point of Christ’s birth.This places Jesus at the centre of time. All years led up tohis birth and all the years since have celebrated his life.Christ is at the centre of the calendar as an example of how God should be at thecentre of everything.“Much better is to place Christ at the centreof our time”At the beginning of the New Year, we are all busy organising our diaries, bookingholidays, making appointments, planning to meet up with family and friends. It isoften the case that God gets given whatever bits of time happen to be left over.Much better is to place Christ at the centre of our time. So why not mark off inyour diary some proper time for God? Don’t put it off, why not do it now? Markoff a portion of time each day to read the bible and some bible notes. Mark offregular Sundays at church and time to come to midweek services. Plan sometime to visit different places of worship and most especially mark off time forprayer.Speaking of prayer, you will notice a new third column in our prayer diary onpage 16. Each day I invite you to join with me in praying for a particular road,street, lane or place in the Parish. In doing so, we will collectively place Christ atthe centre of our community at the same time.The New Year gives us a great opportunity to recalibrate our lives according toGod’s time so that 2013 may be a fruitful twelve months and a year of God’sfavour.May God bless you throughout 2013Fr David4


Bible NotesInerrancy – This was a new word to me, although I guessed roughly what itwould mean. In the dictionary it’s quoted “not liable to err”. I came across anarticle with this word in The Briefing (Matthias Media) entitled Biblical Inerrancywhich took my interest; here are a couple of reasons why. It explained how theBible is without error; 2 Timothy 3:16 even speaks how Scripture is Godbreathedas opposed to was God-breathed therefore showing how theScriptures function today. Also it was mentioned how Jesus in his conversationwith the Sadducees in Matthew 22:31-32 quotes from Exodus 3:16 when Godspoke to Moses “Have you not read what God said to you, I am the God ofAbraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob?” Jesus is highlighting thatthese words said to Moses are also being said to the people of his time and alltime.The verse of the month comes from Judges, which I have thought such a strangebook, until I heard a series of incredibly interesting sermons which showed Godsamazing patience in the way he used all kinds of people to carry out his will forhis people, from the fearful like Gideon to the strong and brash like Samson. Noless than nine times it states “The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, theyforgot the Lord their God” (eg: 3:7). “But when they cried out to the Lord, heraised up for them a deliverer” (3:9). In 2:1 God said “I will never break mycovenant with you.”Jill VenessIn January we remember:In Memoriam5 th Betty Way 6 th George Jerrey7 th Ernest Eli Dean 7 th Douglas James Sharpless9 th Michael Abbott 10 th Bert Linfield11 th Enid Davies 17 th Geoffrey Gilling-Smith26 th Digby Thompson 6 th Brian Mott30 th Angela Craven6


Beacon Parish NewsFlower Guild stall - Christmas BazaarWe would like to thank everyone who gave us items for our "Unwanted Gifts -new and unused" stall for the church bazaar. We were quite amazed andoverwhelmed by your generous support.Although we sold many of the gifts and made £270, we were unable to sell themall. This posed the question, what to do with the unsold items, and we havedecided to give some suitable gifts for two Raffles coming up for St Peter and StJames Hospice, and the remainder will be sent to the same charity for theirshops.Helen Court & Jenny Bell on behalf of the Flower GuildWedding Flowers – St Margaret’s ChurchMargaret Houston wrote in the November Beacon about her decision to retirefrom organising flowers for Weddings on behalf of The Flower Guild as from theend of 2012.Those involved with church flowers know what a huge debt of gratitude is owedto Margaret for the work she has undertaken regarding Wedding Flowers andweekly church flowers. After 7/8 years Margaret retired from organising theFlower Guild in 2002 and this was taken over by Bridget Blomfield until 2010. Tohelp keep the Flower Guild going, Margaret once again took on thearrangements for Wedding flowers.Margaret has carried out this work over so many years with amazing dedicationand has been a wonderful ambassador for the church. The job involved meetingthe bride to discuss requirements, purchasing flowers and carrying the jobthrough. All this takes a huge amount of time! Many brides have benefittedenormously from the care Margaret has given to this. She was supported by ateam from the Flower Guild who have also given so much of their time and towhich we owe our thanks.From the fees charged for wedding flowers the Guild has been able to supportthe church in many ways; donations have been made to large print hymnbooks, the loop system, bell for the hand bell ringers, cleaning of the West doorcurtain and a new floor mat, automatic lighting, several donations to the Friendsof St Margaret’s Trust, and the carpet that was in the Abergavenny Chapel.7


As from January 2013 wedding flowers will not be part of the church’sresponsibility, but we offer our thanks to Margaret especially, and her helpers,for all they have done.St Margaret’s Church Flower GuildSt George’s Carol ConcertThe Concert Hall at St George’s was packed for the Carol Concert on 13December. Canon John Taylor introduced the carols and readings and gavesome anecdotes from his life in Hong Kong and Bangkok.Penelope Bennett organised the event and the newly-formed St George’s Choirled the audience and sang a verse of one of the carols on their own.A retiring collection amounted to £380 which was split between the ChestnutTree Hospice (the only children’s hospice in all of Sussex); St Peter and St JamesHospice; St Augustinian Care (who let St George’s use their concert hall for manyevents without charge) and the Beacon Parish. St George’s is grateful for thegenerosity of those who gave.Penelope introducing the Carol Concert with readers on stageThe Beacon Churches “100 Club”The winners of the October draw were John Chesterfield and Nan Crofton andwinners of the November draw were Judy Essex and Nick & Nicki Upton allreceiving prizes of £20.Pam Gaskin8


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Book Reviews for Beacon Magazine 2013There is a small (120 paperbacks) library of Christian literature at the back of StMargaret's. Though many of these are a good read (and some could perhaps bedescribed as potentially life changing), hardly any have been borrowed in the last3 years. The 2011 list of Job Offers revealed 3 persons wishing to do somethingabout this: Dee Grainger, Judy Essex and Matthew Searle. In discussionsinvolving these three and also between Father David, Nick Upton (Jobmaster)and myself (Stewardship Officer) it has been agreed that a first step to restoringthe library will be to have half a dozen or more parishioners each do a review ofone of these volumes that has meant a lot to him/her.Authors will include eg:• C S Lewis (just admitted to Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey)• George Carey (now robustly calling for reversal of the Women Bishops'decision in General Synod)• Alan Paton (of Cry Beloved Country fame)• Adrian Plass (with his humorous Sacred Diaries)Reviewers will include:• Archdeacon Philip Jones• Dee Grainger• Jane Juniper• Mike Middleton• Matthew Searle• Robin WilliamsonWe would welcome any further volunteers for succeeding months. Please emailname and proposed book to rodneymwrukorg@aol.com.It is planned to have one or two copies of the book under review available forinspection/borrowing during coffee after the 9.45am service during the monthin question.If the experiment proves useful then further thought will be given as to how tomake the books more accessible.Rodney DoddsChoir NotesSt Margaret’s Choir augmented with singers from the Beacon Parish, have beenrehearsing for the Carol Service on 23 rd December. John Sandford chose fourcarols for the choir to sing in addition to the usual carols and Christmas hymnsfor congregation and choir. At the time of writing, rehearsals are continuing10


and we are very grateful to those singers who have joined St Margaret’s choirfor this service.As many readers will know, Nick Hancock, our organist and choirmaster for agood many years, decided that he could no longer continue. We are very sorryto lose Nick but understand that he has other commitments, in particular hisday job as solicitor.Nick has been organist and choir master at St Margaret’s since early 2004 and,together with John Sandford (Assistant Choirmaster/Organist since 2004) hasworked diligently taking choir practices, rehearsing the choir for special services,introducing new hymns and playing the organ on Sundays and other occasionsas needed. He is a very talented musician and entertainer. His rendering ofFlanders and Swann songs at a concert in October 2011 is just one of thoseoccasions that will always be remembered.Nick will be sorely missed by both choir and congregation at St Margaret’s, butwe all wish him well in his job and his musical activities.Graham SharplessSt Margaret’s Candle StandThe votive candle stand in the Crossing just outside the entrance to the Chapelwas placed there about six years ago. It was immediately appreciated and weused to collect enough coins in the box underneath to pay for cost of thecandles. In recent months we are receiving less and less in it to the extent thatthe receipts are now almost negligible! This cannot be right so please when youlight a candle make a suitable donation to the cost of the candles. Parents inparticular, do not allow children to light more than one candle, per child!!!The Beacon Parish ChurchyardsThank you to everyone who helped at the working parties in October(Westmeston) and November (Ditchling). Next month we will be tidying thechurchyards at Streat so please come along on Saturday February 16 th from9.30 am to help with cutting back and clearing undergrowth and ivy, tidyinggraves etc. Coffee, tea and home-made cakes will be provided. We look forwardto seeing you!Janet Cragg11


Bell-ringersRingers from Ditchling visited the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in November wheretwo of the existing eight bells in St Margaret’s were cast in 1766. The foundryhas been in existence since at least Elizabethan times which makes it the oldestmanufacturing firm in England. A guided tour of the foundry gave an insightinto the processes involved in casting and tuning bells which have hardlychanged in centuries. Our set of handbells was also cast at the Foundry.On a bright, frosty morning in December ringers from the Sussex CountyAssociation rang a whole peal on the bells of St Margaret’s. The peal of 5,184changes of Cooktown Orchid Delight Major composed by David G Hull took 2hours 42 minutes to ring. The ringers from Sussex towers, including Ringmer,Warnham and Pagham, were: 1 Ian P Hastilow; 2 David D Smith; 3 Margaret LSherwood; 4 Marisa A Hayes; 5 E C Gareth Higgs; 6 Peter M Wilkinson; 7Jonathan Franklin (Conductor) and 8 Simon M Alford.David CraggSt Margaret’s Dusting Roster 2013Our grateful thanks go to all those who offered their services in 2012! Some ofour volunteers are retiring after many years of faithful service, so please if youcan, offer your services for dusting in 2013. Offer alone or with a friend; it’s onlyabout six times a year and is very flexible; you can dust at any time over thecouple of weeks when it’s your turn. You can be assured that the work is notonerous, but is essential. Dusting is done on a two week cycle which means thatthe Nave and South Aisle get done on one roster and the Chancel and Chapelget done on another. If sufficient people get involved then it means that youwould only dust about six times a year in either the Nave/South Aisle or in theChancel/Chapel. Last year there were eleven additional volunteers which greatlyreduced the frequency of work. . If you are already on the roster you do notneed to confirm, we will assume you will continue! New volunteers pleasecontact Andrew Martin (01273 846123).Pilgrimage to Santiago de CompostellaCanon Peter Sills is leading a pilgrimage through Portugal to Santiago deCompostella from April 22 to May 4 2013. Beginning at Lisbon, the journeyincludes some of Portugal’s most beautiful churches and monasteries includingTomar, Batalha, Alcobaca, Coimbra and Braga, and also a major shrine atFatima. For full details please contact Fr Peter on 01273 842760 orsills824@btinternet.com.12


Beacon Parish Church Duties January 2013Time Church Service Lessons Readers SidesmenFlowers: Streat: Lynette Walker6 Epiphany SundayWestmeston: Brenda HallEucharist Isaiah 60: 1 - 6 Margaret Margaret8am DitchlingBCP Matthew 2: 1- 12 Houston Houston9.45am Ditchling9.45am13 Baptism of ChristAll-AgeEucharistMorningPrayer9.30am Ditchling Eucharist10.45amStreatMorningPrayer20 3 rd Sunday of Epiphany8amDitchling9.45am DitchlingEucharistBCPMorningPrayer9.45am Streat Eucharist4pmWestmestonWestmestonEucharist27 4 th Sunday of Epiphany9.45am DitchlingBeaconEucharistIsaiah 60: 1 - 6Matthew 2: 1- 12Isaiah 60: 1 - 6Matthew 2: 1- 1213Flowers:Isaiah 43: 1 - 7Acts 8: 14 - 17Luke: 15 - 17, 21-22Isaiah 43: 1 - 7Luke: 15 - 17, 21-22Flowers:1 Corinthians 12: 1 - 11John 2: 1 - 11Isaiah 62: 1 - 5John 2: 1 - 111 Corinthians 12: 1 - 11John 2: 1 - 111 Corinthians 12: 1 - 11John 2: 1 - 11Flowers:Acts 9: 1 - 22Galatians 1: 11 - 16aMatthew 19: 27 - endCarl BelfieldIan Berrill EmmaFrenchDoreenKallmanBrenda HallGeorgeHancockStreat: Lynette WalkerWestmeston: Brenda HallPenelopeBennetttbaDi MartinJudy EssexSue SewellStreat: Sue HancockWestmeston: Jo WrattenColinColin FrenchFrenchJoan StylesPam Burr JaneRobertstbaMarkMoody-StuartYvonne SenSue SewellPaulCharmanStreat: Sue HancockWestmeston: Jo WrattenMyrtleSkeltonIan BerrillMike Sewell


The Fruit of the Spirit is Love’In Victorian England many incumbents remained in their parishes until theydied. Bishops often reached a great age and they seldom retired. A goodexample of three venerable priests in action could be seen at a ConfirmationService at St Margaret’s on Monday, May 14 th 1877. Presiding at this servicewas Dr Richard Durnford, Lord Bishop of Chichester. Already aged 75 and apopular and well respected figure in the Diocese, Bishop Durnford continued inoffice until 1895. He enjoyed robust health and went climbing in the Tyrol untilwell into his eighties. He died in 1895, aged 93 – still Bishop!“There were a total of 86 candidates forBishop Durnford to confirm as they kneltbefore him at the chancel steps”Presenting 12 confirmation candidates at the service was 82 year old WilliamFitzhugh who had been Rector of Streat since 1821 and continued his ministryuntil he died at Streat Rectory in 1881. And then presenting the 38 candidatesfrom Ditchling was the Vicar, Thomas Hutchinson, the youngest of ourtriumvirate, at 74! But, alas, our Vicar was already in poor health with failingeyesight and, in his last years in the parish, often had to be carried into churchin a bath chair and then lifted into a pew. He was to die in 1883 – still the Vicar!To help prepare for the confirmation, Mr Hutchinson called on the help of hiscurate, Robert Helme – a comparative youngster at 47! A man of considerableprivate means, he lived in Hurstpierpoint with his family. The youngest priest atthe service was thirty four year old John Woodward, Rector of Plumpton, whopresented his 13 candidates. He had been at Plumpton for three years andremained there until 1913. With four candidates from East Chiltington and 19from Burgess Hill (their ‘parish clergy being absent’) there were a total of 86candidates for Bishop Durnford to confirm as they knelt before him at thechancel steps.Perhaps what would have most impressed us would have been the way ‘the fineold church was magnificently decorated with flowers’. The font – then along theSouth Aisle – was decorated with flowers and ferns around a central whitecross. The windows were full of bouquets of flowers set in moss. The pulpit,reading desk and the eagle lectern were ‘prettily ornamented with flowers’, butthe centrepiece was the floral cross on the altar with more flowers on either14


side. And there under the cross were the words from Galatians 5: ‘The Fruit ofthe Spirit is Love’. Three hymns were sung, the Bishop preached impressivelyfrom John 13, the candidates were confirmed into full membership of theirChurch. As the Bishop and the clergy left the church and made their way intothe churchyard, they would have been struck by the lovely arrangements ofbunches of wild flowers on all the burial plots. What also was noted was that‘the venerable parish priest (Thomas Hutchinson) was most pleasantly greetedby many parishioners, both rich and poor.’So, a lovely insight into church life in Victorian Ditchling and into thecontributions made to such a memorable occasion by three venerable priests!!Richard AllenNB The quotations are from an article in the Hastings and St Leonards Observerfor May 19 th 1877.15


Prayer Diary – January 2013Feast Days1 Naming & Circumcision ofJesus2 Basil the Great 379 & 389Aba (Nigeria)Prayer for the world church& this dioceseThe Anglican Church in NewZealand & PolynesiaPrayer for the BeaconParishBarnfield GardensBeacon Road3 Aba Ngwa North (Nigeria) Boddington’s Lane4 Abakaliki (Nigeria) Brangwyn’s Acre5 Aberdeen & Orkney Charlton Gardens6 The Epiphany O God, who revealed your only Son to the Gentiles bythe leading of a star, mercifully grant that we, whoknow you now by faith, may after this life enjoy thesplendour of your gracious Godhead, through JesusChrist our Lord. Amen7 Philip Nicholas Shuttleworth Adelaide (Australia) Church Lane18428 The Baptism of Christ The Anglican Church of Clayton RoadAustralia9 Afikpo (Nigeria) Common Lane10 William Laud, Archbishop of Agra (North India)The DymocksCanterbury, 164511 Mary Slessor, Missionary in Aguata (Nigeria)Dumbrells CourtWest Africa, 191512 Aelred of Hexham, 1167 Ahoada (Nigeria) East End Lane13 Baptism of Christ Aipo Rongo (Papua New East GardensGuinea)14 George Fox, Founder of the Ajayi Crowther (Nigeria) Farm LaneSociety of Friends 1691 (TheQuakers)15 Bangladesh Fieldway16 Akoko (Nigeria)Hove, St PatrickFolders Lane East17 Charles Gore, Bishop, 1932 Akoko Edo (Nigeria)Kingston BuciHigh Street includeSandrocks16


Feast Days18 Week of Prayer for ChristianUnityThe Confession of Peter19 Wulfstan, Bishop ofWorcester 1095Prayer for the world church& this dioceseAkot (Sudan)Portslade, St Nicolas & StAndrewAkure (Nigeria)Portslade, Good Shepherd20 Epiphany 3 AlabamaShoreham Beach, GoodShepherd21 Agnes, Child Martyr atRome 30422 Vincent of Saragossa,Deacon, first Martyr ofSpain, 304AlaskaShoreham, St Mary de HauraAnglicana do BrasilNick Wetherall, Warden ofReaders23 AlbanyShoreham, St Nicolas24 Francis de Sales, Bishop ofGeneva 1622Algoma (Canada)Southwick, St Michael & AllAngels25 The Conversion of St Paul KenyaWest Blatchington, St Peter26 Timothy and Titus,Companions of PaulAmazonHove, St John the Baptist:Paul Doick27 The Conversion of Paul Amichi (Nigeria)Hove, St Andrew28 Thomas Aquinas 1274 Amritsar (North India)Rural deanery of Worthing29 BurundiDiocesan Overseas Council30 Charles, King & Martyr 1649 Andaman & Car NicobarIslands (North India)Broadwater31 John Bosco, Priest, Founderof Salesian Teaching Order,1888Antananarivo (Indian Ocean)Durrington, St SymphorianPrayer for the BeaconParishLewes Road - Highstreet to East End LaneLewes Road - East EndLane to endLodge Hill LaneLong Park CornerMullberry LaneNeville BungalowsNeville CottagesNeville FlatsNorth End inc.Dumbrells Court RoadNye LaneOrchard LaneShirleysSouth StreetSouth View17


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What’s On in January 20131 TueDitchling Downs WI meeting, White Horse,Ditchlingp 267 pm5 SatSussex Chorus Concert: Bach Christmas Oratorio,St Bartholomew’s Church, Ann Street, Brightonp 347.30 pm8 TueNewick & District Decorative and Fine Art Societylecture Designing Historical Costumes for Theatreand TV, Plumpton Village Hallp 342.15 pm9 Wed Frugal Lunch, Friends Meeting House 12.30 pm10 ThuDitchling WI meeting and talk on RegencyEngland, Ditchling Village HallDitchling Film Society film Poetry, Ditchling VillageHallp 26p 322.30 pm8 pm14 Mon Ditchling Players auditions, Ditchling Village Hall p 33 8 pm15 Tue22 TueDitchling Village Association Coffee Morning,Ditchling Village HallWomen’s Fellowship meeting, Jonn Grinsted’shomep 31p 2710 am7.30 pm24 Tue Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall p 28 7.15pmWhat’s On in February 20137 ThuLife Above a Railway Tunnel presentation, OldMeeting House, DitchlingDitchling Film Society film The Way, DitchlingVillage Hallp 33p 327.30 pm8 pm13 Wed Frugal Lunch, , Emmanuel Chapel 12.30 pm16 Sat19 TueThe Beacon Parish Churchyard working party,Streat churchDitchling Village Association Coffee Morning,Ditchling Village Hallp 11p 319.30 am10 am26 Tue Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall p 28 7.15pm20


Calendar 2013Below are some important dates for 2013:January 6 th Epiphany Sunday13 th The Baptism of ChristFebruary 2 nd Presentation of Christ in the Temple ( Candlemas)13 th Ash WednesdayMarch 10 th Mothering Sunday24 th Palm Sunday28 th Maundy Thursday29 th Good Friday31 st Easter SundayApril 23 rd St GeorgeMay 9 th Ascension Day19 th Pentecost (Whit Sunday)26 th Trinity SundayJuly 20 th St Margaret of AntiochNovember 1 st All Saints' Day2 nd All Souls' Day10 th Remembrance Sunday11 th Remembrance Day and St Martin of Tours24 th Christ the KingDecember 1 st Advent Sunday25 th Christmas Day21


News from Chichester DioceseFor more information on these news items see the Diocesan website athttp://www.chichester.anglican.org/news.Statement from the Diocese of ChichesterThe Diocese of Chichester can confirm that Robert Coles, a priest formerlylicensed in the diocese, has been committed for trial to face charges relating toallegations of sexual abuse in the 70s and 80s.Today’s hearing is the latest development in a 16 month police investigation inwhich the Diocese of Chichester has been cooperating with Sussex Police. Adiocesan spokesperson said: “Our prayers are for anyone affected by today’shearing. We are unable to comment further at this stage whilst we allow thejudicial system to take its course.”Our cooperation with Sussex police in this investigation is in line with ourongoing commitment to do all that is necessary to bring any allegations of abuse22


to the attention of the public authorities, and to ensure that the Diocese ofChichester is a safe place for all.Sussex Church sells Gerini Paintings for nearly£1mA set of four 14 th century Italian paintings belonging to the Parish Church of StMichael and All Angels, Withyham, East Sussex, has been sold by auction atSotheby’s, London, on 5 th December 2012 for £950,000.Permission to sell was granted by the Chancellor of Chichester Diocese, MarkHill QC on the grounds that the paintings had no integral part in the history ofWithyham Church or its devotional life; that they had been absent from thechurch for over 20 years and were unlikely ever to return; and that theirpotential value could yield much needed income for the church which thedonor, Edward John Ottley, intended to benefit by his gift.The proceeds from the sale will be invested to produce a source of income to beused solely for the repair and maintenance to St Michael’s church andchurchyard, thereby freeing up funds for the mission of the church and thepastoral needs of the parish. The excellent full-size copies, which were made atthat time and now hang in the church, will continue to do so.New Bishop surveys national and localchallengesThe Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, said that huge national and localchallenges facing the Church of England can, at times, seem formidable andinsurmountable but that the message of the Christian Gospel was ultimatelythat Christians should not be afraid of facing such difficulties.In his Enthronement Sermon in Chichester Cathedral in front of a congregationgathered to welcome Dr Warner as the new diocesan bishop, he echoed thewords of Jesus: “Do not be afraid.”Dr Warner admitted that the “Church of England’s self-confidence and nationalreputation” had been badly affected as a result of the General Synod vote onwomen bishops last week: “We now have to face some very uncomfortable factsthat will implicate us all in a review of our decision-making processes as aChurch. As we reflect on our situation we might ask how we are now to setabout our mission and rebuilding trust and understanding.”23


He did not ignore the critical issue of safeguarding in his new Diocese: “Thediocese of Chichester has recently had the experience of facing a similarchallenge, in the wake of reviews of our safeguarding record and the arrest, trialand conviction of some who have ministered here. I want to pay tribute to allwho have worked so hard to ensure that the safeguarding policies of thediocese and their even and thorough implementation enable us to say withgrowing conviction and confidence that in our parishes and Church institutionschildren and vulnerable adults will be safe and feel safe.”The Bishop thanked the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commissaries for what they“have done to support the task of transparent and unflinching investigation intothe past and the shaming, criminal behaviour that continues to have destructiveeffects on those who suffer as a result of our collective failure, people to whomwe have a continuing responsibility.”The British EmpireAfter a summer of unusual patriotism, when we were not only allowed butencouraged to be patriotic and when even the British Empire could bementioned without anyone having hysterics and in church we were taughtabout the history of the Union Flag, it might be a good time to consider thesubject.Patriotism has been considered anathema or at least very dangerous ever sincethe last World War. The good points about it have been submerged in all thepossible evils, in much the same way as Health and Safety has made us all mad.The Flag shows us about the unity of the United Kingdom which some are tryingto fragment. I remember the parable about the sticks in a bundle that cannot bebroken, whilst individually each one is easily snapped. So it was good to hear atthe National Day of Prayer that Christians in Berwick have repented of theirattitude to the English and asked the Lord to prevent their separation in thereferendum.Then there is the Empire about which we hear terrible stories of all thewickedness we perpetrated. Is that really the true picture? Our Queen hasworked hard to keep it together as the Commonwealth because she sees thisgrouping of nations with its common history as immensely important. So whatwas it really like? I remember being hugely proud of the Empire, the largest theworld had ever known, so that the sun never set upon it. Was it a good or a badthing?24


First it is necessary to understand that it is God who sets up kings and nationsand empires. Whatever we may think to the contrary mankind has little say in it.This Empire was unusual. It is even foretold in the Bible as being largely foundedthrough trade, not deliberate aggression. What did God want the British Empirefor? He said He wanted His Gospel taken to every nation on earth and theEmpire, the Scriptures say, was one means of doing that. In those days we wereknown as the People of the Book for a sizeable proportion of the populationlived by the Book of God and even shed their blood for it, as the Scriptures weretranslated into understandable languages for all people; and then hand in handwith the British Governors who kept the peace, the Word of God was takenforth. We hear awful stories of military harshness, and of course we are allhuman sinners, so there will be mistakes and bad apples; but I shall never forgetbeing in Nigeria with the Colonial Service and realising that for every personwho one did not rate very highly there were nine more who were superb intheir selfless service every day all the year round. I am sad that these amazingpeople seem to have disappeared. Two men, a Regent and a District Officer whowe knew; each stopped riots single–handed by talking to the people in theirown language and then sending them quietly home; a truly stunning feat ofcourage demonstrating their authority and the respect in which they were held.I had a great friend, a missionary whose father was one of the first threepioneer Christian missionaries into Northern Nigeria; she said that we gave thepeople freedom from fear. This was later corroborated by Nigerians whoclaimed that the only time in the whole of history that they could sleep safely intheir beds, was when the British were in control.These two gifts went hand in hand for I remember a house boy telling me thathe was able to pick up his knife (a highly prized possession necessary for allboys) in the name of Jesus, from where it had fallen on Juju cursed ground. Thatwas a tremendous achievement because without the power in the authority ofJesus name, he would die. The power of evil in some places was over-poweringbut where the land had been claimed for Jesus it was cleansed and safe. Thisfear which controlled even small things in everyday life could be crippling. Ianonce had a boy in his class throw a queer sort of fit which turned out to be theresult of a curse placed on him by his father should he be reprimanded inschool! He had to be touched by a knowledgeable friend before he could bereleased from it. Christianity could bring deliverance from this kind of evil.In Nigeria, Edward Lugard devised a form of rule by creating an assembly intowhich the tribal chiefs were brought together to rule. It was very effective;Lugard only had 200 men to rule an area three times the size of Great Britain.25


From there came a trained police force, and a judiciary. It was not uncommonfor those sent to jail to do their best to get back in because of the advantagesthey had there! The British brought medicines, hospitals, schools anduniversities, (when we arrived there was only one graduate). We built factories,shops, roads, railways and airports for transport, and dams for water suppliesand electricity. We taught them agriculture and forestry, and brought jobs; allthe things needed in a stable society.Above all we learned to love them. They did not know family love as we do.They admired it and wanted it for themselves. We became friends and haveformed great relationships. Today some of them have come over here to bringthe Gospel back to us and to work towards a great revival which has beenpromised in a dream.Frances BerrillDitchling Women’s GroupsDitchling Downs WIFollowing what has become a Ditchling Downs tradition our December meetingwas held in The White Horse. After a splendid supper President Judy Lathampresided over the yearly quiz and we congratulated the winning team ofCarolyn, Nina, Gill B, Jude Gillian T and Sue. It has become such a popularevening that we had nearly a 100% membership turnout. After an exchange ofsecret Santa presents a warm vote of thanks was given to our President forbeing a superb quiz master and for organizing such a fun evening.We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and lookforward to January 2013 when we will welcome Graham & Wendy Quantrillwhose talk will be entitled ‘Jordan Travels’. The meeting will be held on Tuesday1 st January in the White Horse, Ditchling starting at 7 pm. Visitors will be verywelcome.Barbara Dollings 01273 843892Ditchling WIAudrey Edwards, a pianist, was a guest at our Christmas Party and played somecarols for us all to sing. Mr and Mrs Morley performed a very amusing shortpantomime called The Not So Young Little Red Riding Hood. Our party games26


included six of our members telling stories of past events and we guessed if theywere true or false and a crossword called Cryptic Flowers. Prizes were given tothe winners. Our competition was a handmade Christmas tree decoration. Thiswas followed by a lovely Christmas tea, crackers and a visit from FatherChristmas, with presents for everyone.Our next meeting, in Ditchling Village Hall will be on Thursday January 10 th at2.30pm when Richard Allen is our speaker on Regency England. Visitors will bewelcome.Briony Coomber 01273 845069Women’s FellowshipEvery November we hold a quiz evening. A very big thank you to Pam and AlecGaskin who once again hosted the event and compiled another set ofchallenging questions. Congratulations to Nicki Upton, Dee Grainger and JonnGrinsted who won by a whisker with their general, local and biblical knowledgeand pictorial memories of the Olympics. At our next meeting, on a coldDecember evening, we gathered with our partners for our Christmas party.Thank you to Eileen and Jim who hosted the evening.Our first meeting in 2013 will be on Tuesday 22 nd January at 7.30 pm in JonnGrinsted’s home. If you are able to come please confirm with Jonn (01273846752). We will be planning the annual programme so please come withsome suggestions. Thank you to those who already have proposed someevents.We wish you all a happy and prosperous 2013.Pam BurrChildren and Young People1 st Ditchling Scout GroupGroup – We would like to thank all those people who kindly volunteered to actas Street Marshals at the time of Remembrance Day Parade in November. Wehad previously been advised that the Police would be unable to help us in theVillage with this task and without assistance, the Parade, would have beenunable to be held. The Street Marshals carried out the job without any hitchesfor which the village thanks you.27


Beavers – In the run up to Christmas the Beavers enjoyed Christmas activitiesand an end of term party.Cubs - The Cubs enjoyed an evening on the flumes at the Triangle Centre. In aJapanese themed evening working towards their Global Challenge Badge theylearnt about Japanese culture including taking part in a Tea Ceremony. Theyalso had a chance to see a couple of Japanese swords and do Origami. Manythanks to Nikki and Ian Chapman for arranging this evening. We finished theterm with a ten pin bowling night at Bowlplex, Brighton Marina.Scouts – A Night Hike was held from Plumpton to Ditchling. The DistrictShooting Competition resulted in our team coming 2nd for the second yearrunning. Ditchling Morris gave the Scouts an evening describing the history ofMorris and an opportunity to take part in some dancing. The Troop’s ChristmasParty took the form of a ten pin bowling evening at Brighton Marina.Christmas Raffle – The Draw was held on Monday, 3 rd December and the mainprizes were won by tickets nos. 4821, 2595, 1667 and 4451. All prizes have beenclaimed and distributed. Our thanks to the ticket sellers and to the DitchlingPost Office who, once again, did a fine job for us. We thank you for yourvaluable support.The Scout Group wishes all our supporters a Happy and Peaceful New Year.Alec Gaskin, Group ChairmanWHIST DRIVETuesday 24 th January, Westmeston Parish Hall,starting at 7.15pmThe next Whist Drive will be held on Tuesday 26 th February 7.15pmEveryone is welcome to join the friendly team of players.For more details contact Doreen Kallman (01273 844743)28


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Village NewsThe Royal British Legion Poppy AppealThe Ditchling and District Branch of the RBL would again like to thank everyonewho helped or donated to this year’s Poppy Appeal and all those who attendedor helped at the Poppy Lunch, which raised £600. Therefore this year’s total is£4,680 plus the extra from everyone who kindly Gift Aided their contribution.Tony BlanchardDitchling Village Association Coffee MorningsThe next Ditchling Village Association Coffee Morning will be on TuesdayJanuary 15 th in the Ditchling Village Hall between 10 am and 11.30 am as wehave to ensure that we vacate the village hall by 12noon. It is sponsored byDitchling Museum Friends Association. Dates and sponsors of coffee morningsfor the remainder of 2013 are listed below.DateFebruary 19 thMarch 19 thApril 16 thMay 21 stJune 18 thJuly 16 thAugust 20 thSept 17 thOctober 15 thNovember 19 thDecember 17 thSocietyDitchling Downs WIPTADitchling PlayersHorticultural SocietyDitchling Morris DancersDitchling SocietyDitchling WIFriends of Village GreenDitchling Film SocietyFriends of St Margaret’sDVADVA Older Resident's LunchI would like to thank everyone who helped to make the lunch a successful andhappy event, we could not manage without the time given up by volunteers,David Holms in the Post Office for always providing the list of attendees and toEastwoods for the Poinsettias.Special thanks given to Joanna Greenstreet, our cook, who although runs herown catering company 'Hob Job', is very happy to mark this time out of her diaryto shop and cook this wonderful meal.31


Also, of course, my thanks to all of you who attended on such a wet day, I dohope you enjoyed this yearly event.Catharine Robinson, Chairman, DVADitchling Film SocietyOn Thursday, 10 January 2013 we shall be showing Poetry – a mysterious andbeautiful Korean film about a sixty-something grandmother, Mija, who is gettingby with a nursing job. She was once renowned for her beauty and still receivesextravagant compliments and praise, a fact which embarrasses her greatly. Mijalooks after her troubled teenage grandson who lives with her in a modestapartment in the sticks. Upon discovering a heinous family crime and graduallyfinding that she can no longer remember basic words, she is diagnosed with theonset of Alzheimer’s. Something in this terrible news inspires her to learnpoetry, from which she gains strength and purpose, and before the facility oflanguage deserts her utterly, her greatest wish then becomes to write a singlepoem. Lee, the director, suggests that the knowledge of her family crime insome sense accelerates her dementia but also that she feels a secret kinshipwith the dead girl. When Mija was the victim’s age, her teachers told her shehad the soul of a poet and the feeling manifests itself in the film’s final,extraordinary sequence.Director: Lee Chang-dong South Korea 2010 138 mins 12A cert.On Thursday, 7 February 2013 our film will be The Way which is a powerful andinspirational story about family, friends, and the challenges we all face whilenavigating this ever-changing and complicated world. An American doctorarrives in St Jean Pied de Port in France to collect the body of his adult sontragically killed in a storm in the Pyrenees while walking the Pilgrim’s Way to theshrine of Santiago de Compostela. Rather than return home, the father decidesto honour his son’s desire to finish the pilgrimage but he has not anticipated theprofound impact the journey will have on him and his “California Bubble Life”.Director: Emilio Estevez US 2010 123 minsThe 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 smallcharge payable at the door.Rowena Cager and Melanie Samuel32


Ditchling PlayersThis month's article from the Players comes as both a reminder and amendmentto last month in which I mentioned the auditions for the spring production 'Farfrom the Madding Crowd' (15 th to 18 th May 2013).I've now been advised that the adaptation of the novel we will be using isactually by Mark Healy and not Matthew White as mentioned. I also said thatthere wouldn't be a cast of thousands but now understand from Steve Thurley,the director, that as well as the 8 main characters (5 men and 3 women) he islooking for people to play villagers; farmhands; soldiers; policemen; traders;priests, and a whole host of roles, which make up the village and are essential tothe plot and community feel of the play.So not only will we be looking for people to 'tread the boards' but I'm sure thatboth the wardrobe and backstage crew would be pleased to hear from you too.The auditions are at Ditchling Village Hall on 14 th January 2013 at 8.00pm andwe look forward to seeing you there. If you are unable to make the audition butwould still be interested in either a part or helping behind the scenes pleasecontact us on either 01273 842778 or 01273 844868 for further details.As this will be in the Beacon going out just before Christmas my wishes to youall last time were a tad premature! So may I once again wish you all a veryHappy Christmas and a Peaceful and Prosperous 2013 from everyone at theDitching Players and we look forward to seeing you at our productions in 2013.David TettersellLife Above a Railway TunnelA presentation by David PorterThursday 7 th February 2013, 7.30pm, The Old Meeting House, DitchlingNestling in the foot of the beautiful South Downs,just to the north of Brighton, Clayton TunnelNorth Portal is a truly unique building. Every dayhundreds of trains hurtle under this Gothic follywhose imposing castellated towers protect theold tunnel keeper's cottage. However, for mostpeople this secluded building remains a mystery.What are its historical origins? What lies behindthe commanding battlements? And what is it likehaving trains running right beneath your living room?33


This presentation will answer all these questions and more, featuring boldVictorian engineers, plucky railway families, all manner of flora and fauna,homemade jam and wine, railway disasters, secret passages and a few ghosts.Booking is essential for this talk. Tickets are available from Ditchling Post Office(01273 843419) or www.ditchlinghistoryproject.org.Newick & District Decorative and Fine ArtSocietyPlumpton Village Hall Tuesday January 8 th 2013 at 2.15 pm‘Designing Historical Costumes for Theatre and TV’ is the subject of our firstlecture of the New Year. Our speaker Anna Buruma trained as a theatredesigner at the Central School of Art & Design. She then worked in the theatreand later as a costume designer for television and film and studied the history ofdress at the Courtauld Institute. She has been the archivist at Liberty since 1995and museum administrator at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Designsince 2005. This should be a very entertaining afternoon accompanied with ofcourse a superb digital presentation. Come and start the New Year with a littlefun but also learn as well about the fascinating world of theatrical dress design.Anna has an extra title for her talk: ‘It will never show!’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 and we would also like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year.Annette ShelfordSussex Chorus Bach Christmas OratorioSaturday 5 th January 2013, 3 pm, St Bartholomew’s Church, BrightonThis concert will comprise parts 3 to 6 of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. Soloists willbe Helen-Jane Howells – soprano, Susan Legg - mezzo-soprano, Joseph Cornwell– tenor and Rodney Clark – bass. The Musicians of All Saints will accompany thechoir and soloists and the concert will be conducted by Neil Jenkins.Tickets £15, £12 concessions available from 01444 412579 or Dome Box Office(01273 709709).Please see www.sussexchorus.org/concerts/bach2013 for more information.Graham Sharpless34


Nature CornerNature NotesAt this the darkest part of the year as the daylight fails, the birds disappear toroost safely through the night. Most do so with as little fuss and display aspossible so that their place of concealment is not obvious to predators.Evergreen shrubs and Ivy-covered trees give well hidden cover and also shelterfrom wind and rain. Many small birds use the nestboxes we put up for them tobreed and one was known to have twenty-seven Wrens use it during a coldspell, huddling together for warmth. Cavities in trees or buildings are also usedand often the telltale pile of droppings below gives the game away.Others, like the migratory Starlings from mainland Europe, gather in pre-roostassemblies before flying to a communal roost such as the Pier off Brighton. Gullsof all species that feed on farmland and rubbish tips find their way to the shoreor large bodies of water such as reservoirs and lakes for the night. Rooks andJackdaws roost together high and unprotected in tall trees, clinging on duringthe darkness, whatever the weather. In Oakwood, just off Streat Lane, overthirty Rooks bred in the Ash trees. Today only a handful of those nests are intactso strong have been the gales this autumn. Any observations of roosts would bewelcome and would increase our knowledge of local wildlife.The winter visitors are now well established in the district. I wrote of thepossibility that Waxwings might arrive and indeed they have, many widespreadacross Britain with some as far south as Sussex. There was a report of fifteen onthe berries of the trees in Tesco car park in Lewes. The Alders with huge crops ofseeds in their cones are visited by Siskins and Redpolls and when that foodsupply is exhausted, they will come into the gardens to the feeders. They arevast travellers and many of them will have come from Scotland and Scandinavia.The number of Jays seen this winter is greater than usual. Many more arecoming into gardens for food as there are so few acorns. So great is theirinstinct for storage that they have been watched burying peanuts in the sameway as acorns, later to return and find them again as food.Reg LanawayChain ReactionOf all the mechanised garden tools, it is the chainsaw that gets my adrenalinpumping the most. They are unbeatable for the speed with which they canmake really radical changes. As soon that unmistakeable engine roars into life, Iknow that dramatic new vistas are going to open up in the garden, light will37


penetrate into dark corners and there will be no more scratches from lowhanging branches. Of course, enormous care must be taken when handlingthem.I was reminded of the transformative power of chainsaws when a client recentlyhad their 40 metre leylandii hedge taken down. In a matter of days, 25 years ofincreasing darkness, soil impoverishment and claustrophobia came to an end.As a fast establishment hedging plant, leylandii is unequalled and looks brilliantwhen sharply clipped. However, difficulties arise because owners forget itrequires cutting four times a year!But having removed that vastconifer hedge, suddenly youare faced with a big spacethat needs filling. Usuallyleylandii has been planted fora reason: to hide an uglyview, provide a boundarywith neighbours or establisha windbreak. Once removed,the problem is exposedagain. In the case ofscreening, judicious plantingof a few specimens can oftendo the same job as a solid expanse. Conifers are usually columnar or pyramidalin shape, so their capacity to screen at a higher level is limited. Evergreen trees,like the Holm Oak that has a broader, densely rounded shape, are often farbetter at masking. Always remember to check on the eventual size of themature tree. You don’t want to replace one problem with another.A conifer hedge will have taken every atom of goodness and moisture from itssoil, so an enrichment programme involving organic matter, is vital beforereplanting.Haut Talk by Karoline Baird 07742 731967 haughty.culture@virgin.netThe Beacon in the PastBelow are excerpts from previous issues of the Ditchling Beacon.40 years agoFrom the Vicar (Tony Way):Without doubt the most important event this month will be the Week of Prayerfor Christian Unity and the Service of Evensong on Sunday 21st January, at38


which the preacher will be the Reverend Father Bernard Thom, the RomanCatholic Priest of St. Wilfred’s Church, Burgess Hill.I would like to express my thanks to those who gave so generously …. towardsmy appeal last month for financial help towards the repairs to the roofs of thecurates’ houses in the Revd. Kenneth Sharpe’s Parish of the Mau, Kenya. Mr.Sharpe had told Mr and Mrs Stoneley in a letter that they needed £70 tocomplete the repairs, and we were able to send them that amount.A rather serious problem has arisen which I feel should be drawn to theattention of parishioners. The tall macrocarpa trees on the eastern edge of thechurchyard have unfortunately grown excessively high and now constitute apossible danger. There are several possible solutions but undoubtedly somerather drastic measures may well have to be taken, and their appearance couldbe somewhat unsightly for quite a period. I would like to give an assurance thatnothing will be done without careful consideration and advice.20 years agoFrom the Vicar:January 1st is chosen to mark the Naming of Jesus. One of the more pleasantduties which face his parents when a child is born is the choice of his name.Sometimes the choice presents no problem at all – sometimes there is greatagonizing and a determined effort made not to upset one side of the family oranother.Most priests will recall at least some occasions when the choice, duly made, hasproved less than felicitous …. It is worth noting that the name chosen for OurLord was a straightforward one – fairly common among the Jews of the day, andit was one with a simple meaning. There was no choice for Mary and Joseph –they had divine guidance over the calling of his name, and of course theyobeyed it. … They could hardly have chosen a name more suitable – a namewith meant Saviour.From the Churchwardens:We hope you will have read the articles in the Beacon about “TFR”. Our reasonfor writing now is that even with Parish Quota at its 1992 level of £9829, weexpect to incur a deficit of approximately £2,500 this year.In 1993 with its successor, the Parish Contribution and the supplementary TFRContribution set at £11,156 in total, together with essential repairs estimated tocost £3,600, our forecast deficit will exceed £10,000. In 1994 and succeedingyears the combined contributions will increase by £1200-1500 each yeartowards some £26,000. The seriousness of the situation can hardly beoverstated.39


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