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The Beacon Churches Calendar August 2011Morning Prayer at Ditchling:Monday to Friday at 9.00 am3 Wed Eucharist Ditchling 9.30am6 Sat Wedding of David and Corrine Streat 12.00pmWedding of Rachel and Jonathan Ditchling 2.30pm7 Sun ST MARGARET’S PATRONAL FESTIVALEucharist (BCP) Ditchling 8.00amAll Age Eucharist Ditchling 9.45amMorning Prayer Westmeston 9.45amHoly Baptism of Ethan12.00pm10 Wed Eucharist Ditchling 9.30am12 Fri Wedding of Matthew and Holly Ditchling 1.00pm14 Sun EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITYSung Eucharist Ditchling 9.45amMorning Prayer Streat 9.45am17 Wed Eucharist Ditchling 9.30am20 Sat Wedding of Keely and Graham Ditchling 2.00pm21 Sun NINTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITYEucharist (BCP) Ditchling 8.00amMorning Prayer Ditchling 9.45amEucharist Streat 9.45amEucharist Westmeston 6.00pm24 Wed Eucharist Ditchling 9.30am27 Sat Wedding of Kerry and John Ditchling 1.30pm28 Sun TENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITYTHE BEACON EUCHARIST Ditchling 9.45am31 Wed Eucharist Ditchling 9.30am1


And the supreme example for us of one who recognised only too well the cost ofwhat he was doing and of what he was saying is seen in our Lord Jesus Christ. Aswe stood in the Garden of Gethsemane on the Parish Pilgrimage, and as wereflected on that last night of our Lord’s earthly life, the words came through soclearly in his prayers: ‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yetnot what I want but what you want’ .“What we all look for is a better judgement in theway we conduct our lives”I suppose, in the final analysis, as Christians, the whole of our current concernabout how our society functions is in seeing how far it is straying from theteaching of our Lord. That his message of love, of compassion and ofunderstanding can only thrive where ‘what I want’ is replaced by ‘what youneed.’Richard AllenBible Notes“I’ve been a Christian all my life” she said, “but I knew I wasn’t saved until I heardGod speak to my heart for the first time”. So said Margaret Lucinde, a 60 yearold farmer in Tanzania.How did Margaret hear? Through the Proclaimer which is a solar powered audioBible that Bible Society support for those in poor rural areas, where literary ratesare very low in adults. Small groups of people gather weekly to listen to the Bibleread in their own language and so relate to the God of the Bible. As Margaretsays: “It is my only source of faith as it is the only way I can hear what God issaying to me and has introduced me to God’s great love.”It is interesting that although Margaret said she was a Christian she realised shewas not saved. Jesus said: “I tell you the truth, no one can see the Kingdom ofGod unless he is born again” John 3:3. Paul explains this throughout Romans 10,in particular verses 9-10: “That if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lordand believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead you will be saved.For it is with the heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with yourmouth you confess and are saved.”Jill Veness3


Keith CourtKeith Court died after a short illness on Saturday July 2nd. His funeral was held atSt Margaret’s on Friday July 15 th .Keith first came to Ditchling in 1976, living at Elphicks on the north side of thevillage. He had a very distinguished career in industry with Ford, Blue CircleIndustries and South West Water (now Pennon plc). In all these companies heheld important management responsibilities and was known very much as astrategist and an innovator. He also achieved distinction for his work and interestin schemes for further education and training.Returning to Ditchling, after some years away, Keith and Helen settled in thecentre of the village in Charlton Gardens. Soon, they found themselves nextdoor to the Vicarage and Keith proved to be the ideal ‘good neighbour’ to Jason,David and their families. Keith was always thoroughly supportive of the parishnot only through his regular attendance at St Margaret’s and his contribution asa Trustee for the Friends of St Margaret’s but also through his cheerfulinvolvement in all fund raising activities. His commitment to fund-raising wasseen right up to his final days by his organisation, with Helen, of the OpenGarden Day in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice. Known also as a keengardener, Keith regularly entered the Horticultural Society shows where hispassion for roses was seen to great admiration.Always modest and unassuming, Keith was greatly respected for his range ofknowledge and interests, his wise counsel and his deeply based faith. He will begreatly missed both in the parish and in the village and our prayers andcondolences go to Helen and to his daughter Julia.ThanksHelen and Julia Court wish to thank everyone for their letters, cards, prayers andsupport in so many ways which have been of great comfort to them and muchappreciated during Keith's brief illness and subsequent sad death.Helen and Julia CourtThe Beacon Churches “100 Club” 2011The winners of the June Draw were Yvonne Sen and Pat Bradshaw, bothreceiving a prize of £20.5


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Parish PilgrimageBelow are two more accounts of the parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land.Beacon Pilgrimage 2011As I stood on the shore of a shimmering Galilee at, it is said, the very spot wherethe Risen Lord provided a fish breakfast for some disconsolate fishermendisciples, I wondered if Archbishop William Temple’s version of Jesus’ threefoldquestion to Peter, is a right interpretation.Question 1: “Peter, do you love me more than your fellow disciples do, asyou were not so long ago claiming?”Question 2: “Peter, do you actually love me?”Question 3: “Peter, do you even like me?”Peter can hardly give a straight answer to the first: “Jesus, you know I love you”dodges the full challenge. “Feed my lambs” replies Jesus (the easier stuff). Thenas Peter responds to Question 2 and 3 with increasingly indignant “yes”, Jesusresponds with increasingly onerous charges. “Tend my sheep” (more difficult).And, finally, handing all responsibility and authority in the new Church to him:“Feed my sheep.”“This was just one of dozens of high octanemoments”About 100 yards off shore was a small boat and I noted that it was not possible,at that distance, to make out more than the outline of the men in it. No wonderthat the disciples at first failed to recognise that it was Jesus speaking to themfrom the shore. Later, after sharing the Eucharist, we prayed in 3s and 4s in thegrounds of Peter’s nearby house which was surely where Jesus made his Galileebase. This was in Capernaum, at that time a major commercial centre on a maintrading route, with a Roman camp close by; also the workplace of Matthew thetax collector. It was not hard to understand why Jesus had based his mainministry there. With no phones, TV, radio or internet to help him communicate,Jesus was still able to spread his message via thousands of traders, travellers,soldiers, pilgrims coursing through the town. These gave him the human meansof speaking to every corner of the Mediterranean world.This was just one of dozens of high octane moments. Brilliantly planned andexecuted by Father David, which, I am confident, have helped at least most of usBeacon pilgrims (strong walkers, hard workers and exceptional party-goers) to a9


enewed strong desire to know Him more clearly, love Him more dearly andfollow Him more nearly.Rodney DoddsOur PilgrimageMy lasting memories of the trip are both spiritual and practical. Before we went Iwas worried about the amount of walking entailed and how I would cope. I didmanage to join in everything; with enormous encouragement and caring of othergroup members and my trusty paracetamol pills!Another lasting impression was the marvellous way Fr David and Oliver (ourguide) managed to find places of quiet at almost all the sites we visited, wherewe could either worship or just sit and absorb the atmosphere in peace. Thecommunion service at Shepherds Fields and the healing service beside the Poolof Bethsaida were wonderful.“The whole trip was inspirational and the warmthwe shared with our fellow companions waswonderful”For me an unexpected reaction was to the Holy Communion service at theAnglican cathedral on the Sunday, in Jerusalem; hearing it in Arabic and havinglived in Saudi Arabia where Christian services are illegal was astonishing!To sum up, the whole trip was inspirational and the warmth we shared with ourfellow companions was wonderful. I can only thank Fr David for the incredibleamount of work he put in, both before and during our time away together whichmade it the trip of my lifetime.Di MartinPhotos on the following page (clockwise from top left): The Church of AllNations, Gethsemane, Jerusalem; Model of the Temple in Jerusalem; Fr Philipcelebrating Eucharist at the Shepherds’ Fields; Pilgrims on a boat on Galilee; Onthe Sea of Galilee and the Church, Shepherds’ Fields, Bethlehem. Photos bySimon Davey and John Willis.10


Feast DaysPrayer Diary – August 2011Prayer for the world church& for this diocese1 Quebec (Canada)St Leonard’s-on-Sea, Christ Church & St MaryMagdalen2 Quincy (USA)Upper St Leonard’s, St John the Evangelist3 Rajasthan (North India)Rural deanery of Lewes & Seaford4 Jean-Baptiste Vianney, 1859 Rayalaseema (South India)Alfriston with Lullington, Litlington & WestDean5 Oswald, 642 Recife (Brazil)Folkington, St Peter6 The Transfiguration Rejaf (Sudan)Barcombe, St Mary7 Trinity 7 Remo (Province of Lagos)8 Dominic, 1221 Renk (Sudan)Arlington, Berwick, Selmeston with Alciston &Wilmington9 Mary Sumner, 1921 Rhode Island (USA)Denton with South Heighton & Tarring Neville10 Laurence, 258 Rift Valley (Tanzania)East Blatchington & Bishopstone11 Clare of Assisi, 1253;Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)John Henry Newman, 1890 Glynde, West Firle & Beddingham12 Hamsey, St Peter13 Jeremy Taylor, 1667Florence Nightingale, 1910Octavia Hill, 1912Ripon & LeedsIford with Kingston & Rodmell14 Trinity 8 Riverina (New South Wales, Australia)15 The Blessed Virgin Mary RochesterLaughton with Ripe & Chalvington16 Rochester (USA)Lewes, St Anne & St Michael & St Thomas atCliffe with All Saints17 Rockhampton (Australia)Lewes, St John-sub-Castro & South Malling18 Rokon (Sudan)Lewes, St John the Baptist, Southover12


Feast DaysPrayer for the world church& for this diocese19 Rupert's Land (Canada)20 Bernard of Clairvaux, 1153 Ruvuma (Tanzania)William & Catherine Booth, 1912 Plumpton with East Chiltington cum& 1890Novington21 Trinity 9 Ruwenzori (Uganda)The Diocesan Board of Finance22 St Symphorian, Bishop of Autun,Martyr, c180Sabah (South East Asia)Ringmer, St Mary the Virgin23 Sabongidda-Ora (Province of Bendel)Sutton with Seaford24 Bartholomew Saldanha Bay (Southern Africa)Peacehaven & Telscombe Cliffs25 SalisburyPiddinghoe, Southease, Telscombe Village26 Sambalpur (North India)Rural deanery of Rotherfield27 Monica, 387 San Diego (USA)Crowborough, All Saints28 Trinity 10Augustine of Hippo, 430Theological Colleges & Universities of theAnglican CommunionSantiago (Philippines)The Diocesan Board of Education29 Beheading of John the Baptist San Joaquin (USA)Ticehurst & Flimwell30 John Bunyan, 1688 Sao Paulo (Brazil)Frant with Eridge31 Aidan, 651 Sapele (Nigeria)GroombridgeDeanery Evensong 26 th JuneChoirs from several churches in the Hurst Deanery came together in StMargaret’s for Choral Evensong on 26 th June. The music included Stanford’sMagnificat and Nunc Dimittis in B flat and Wood’s anthem O Thou the CentralOrb. Fr David Wallis officiated and the new Rural Dean, Fr Kevin O’Brien,preached the sermon. After the service the choir and congregation were offeredlight refreshments.These Deanery services are held three times a year and allow choirs andcongregations from each church to worship together. The next DeaneryEvensong will be on 12 th October.13


Open Gardens in Ditchling Sunday 12 June inaid of St Peter & St James HospiceDespite the torrid rain this event was a great success. With ticket sales over 200together with cakes and plant sales we raised an amazing £1,462.The Ditchling Support Group would like to thank all the visitors who stoicallybraved the elements, the garden owners and all the helpers for their hard workand enthusiastic support.Helen CourtSt Peter & St James' HospiceWe are pleased to announce that donations received in memory of Mrs AngelaCraven to the Hospice have amounted to £4,525. Thank you all for yourgenerosity.The Sussex Historic Churches TrustAnnual Ride & StrideThis year’s event takes place on Saturday 10 th September and is an idealopportunity to visit some of the many interesting churches in the county and atthe same time raise money through sponsorship to help preserve these historicbuildings for future generations. The money raised is shared equally betweenthe Trust and a church nominated by each participant. In Sussex over 600churches and chapels are listed as taking part, some of them providingrefreshments.If you would like to help fund raise in this way, by walking, cycling or onhorseback either as individual or as part of a group contact me for lists of openchurches, sponsor forms etc. Alternatively perhaps you could offer to spend alittle time in the church to welcome visitors on the day. More information can befound at www.rideandstride.info.Janet Cragg 01273 845383ThanksWe would like to thank Fr David and all our friends in the congregation at theBeacon Parish Eucharist for making our 40 th Wedding Anniversary celebration sospecial on 26 th June.Jan & Graham Sharpless15


What’s On in August 20116 Sat Come and help look after Streat Barn Garden. p 16 9.30 am10 Wed Frugal Lunch, The Old Meeting House 12.30 pmDitchling Village Association Coffee Morning (run10 am16 Tueby the Ditchling WI), Ditchling Village HallWomen’s Fellowship Summer party, 16 Shirleys, p 20 6 pmDitchling30 Tue Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall p 16 7.15 pmEnd of MacDonald Gill Exhibition, University of31 WedBrighton Galleryp 26 10 amStreat Barn GardenSaturday 6 August 9.30 amPlease come and help look afterStreat Barn Garden. An hour ortwo is all it takes. Please bring anytools you have. Refreshments willbe provided.For more details please contactFiona 01273 891145 or 07903123326WHIST DRIVETuesday 30 th AugustWestmeston Parish Hall startingat 7.15pmEveryone is welcome to join thefriendly team of players.The next whist drive will be held onTuesday 27th SeptemberFor more details contact DoreenKallman on 844743AMBROSE PAGE - AN EVENING WITH ROSSINISaturday 1 st October in Ditchling Village Hall at 7 pmOnce again Brighton pianist Ambrose Page has offered to perform for us.He will present “An Evening with Rossini” accompanied by narratorWendy Tidman.More details will be advertised in the September Beacon.16


1 ThuWhat’s On in September 2011Ditchling WI talk: Secrets of the Royal Pavilion,Ditchling Village Hallp 19PCC Meeting, St Margaret’s vestry p 6Ditchling Downs WI talk on Flamenco Dancing,the Friends Meeting House, East Gardens,Ditchlingp 192.30 pm8 pm3 SatDitchling Discovery Day – Making Sense of theCensus, St Margaret’s Churchp 24 11 am10 SatThe Sussex Historic Churches Trust Annual Ride &Stridep 1518 SunBeacon Parish Six-a-Side Cricket Tournament,Recreation Ground, Ditchlingp 17 1 pm27 Tue Whist Drive, Westmeston Parish Hall p 16 7.15 pmThe Beacon ParishSix-a-Side Cricket TournamentSunday 18 th September at the Recreation Ground,Ditchling. Play starts at 1pmBar open for drinks and snacks from 12:30Bring a picnic lunch, also enjoy an Afternoon TeaCome along and enjoy the cricket and fellowshipDitchling Coffee MorningsOn behalf of the Ditchling Village Association I would like to apologise toeveryone who tried to attend the July's coffee morning in the village hall.Regrettably the coffee morning did not go ahead due to an oversight. I hope thatit did not cause anyone too much inconvenience. We appreciate that so manypeople make the effort to attend these village get togethers so please accept mysincere apologies for any inconvenience.Catharine Robinson, Chairman, Dichling Village Association17


Ditchling Women’s GroupsDitchling Downs WIA warm welcome was given by Howard Corney, owner of Court GardenVineyard, to members who gathered in the rain for a tour of the vineyard.Howard started by giving a brief history of the vineyard which started in 2005and then we had a tour of the vines followed by a visit to the temperaturecontrolled cellar where he explained the process of the grape to the bottle andthen it was back to his beautiful barn for a comparative tasting between CourtGarden Sparkling Wine and a well known Champagne. I think there was a splitdecision to which was which but a unanimous verdict that Court GardenSparkling Wine was delicious. The vineyard tour was followed by supper at TheWhite Horse.There is no meeting in August, although a social visit to the Sussex PrairieGardens in Albourne has been arranged.For our next meeting on Thursday 1 st September, in the Friends Meeting House,East Gardens, Ditchling, starting at 8pm we have Josefa Figuiera who will talkand demonstrate the art of Flamenco dancing. Visitors will be welcome. ContactBarbara Dollings Tel. 01273 843892Barbara DollingsDitchling WIDavid Allen was our speaker for our meeting on 7th July. His subject was the epicfilm “Gone with the Wind” which reached Cinema’s in 1939. It won severalOscars. He gave us interesting storys about the stars and the Director VictorFleming and Producer David O Selznick. Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell wrote thebook. It was then made into a Film. In our meeting we also had a report fromDorothy Padgham as our Delegate, on the National WI AGM that was held at TheEcho Stadium, Liverpool. Then followed our Tea and Biscuits, Raffle, and Flowerof the Month.In August we are holding our Garden Party. Our next meeting will be onThursday September 1 st in Ditchling Village Hall at 2.30 pm when the Speakerwill be Jackie Marsh-Hobbs and she will give a talk on “Secrets of the RoyalPavilion”. Visitors will be very welcome.Joan Sayer, 01273 84525519


Women’s FellowshipCarpet of Flowers "Flaming June" certainly did not live up to its name on the daythe Women's Fellowship set off to visit the Carpet of Flowers, celebrating theFestival of Corpus Christi, in Arundel Cathedral. However, our dampened spiritswere swept away by the beauty of the flowers in the Cathedral. On a backing ofCupressus leaves, on the floor of the central aisle of the nave, flower-heads wereplaced in attractive patterns. This was impressive, as were the pedestalarrangements in the chancel and side-chapels. Some were unusual, with theinnovative use of contemporary materials and others inspirationally traditional.Whatever the style, the arrangements and colour-combinations reflected greatcredit on the designers.The day passed all too quickly but, as if to compensate, on the journey home thesun came out and lit up the Downs in all their majestic glory. How lucky we areto live in such beautiful countryside. Our thanks to Joan Styles for another wellorganisedouting.July meeting The Women’s Fellowship was delighted to welcome several gueststo their July meeting, which was held on the 19 th at the home of MargaretMoore. Our guest speakers for the evening were Nick Hancock and JohnSanford, and it was no surprise that the theme of the evening was thedevelopment of church music.John led us through the centuries, starting with the simple monastic chanting ofthe monks, and leading on to the addition of harmony lines to complement themelody, and the development of early music. He illustrated this with variousrecordings. We then heard how this was an entirely male choral tradition, andthat girls were only admitted to cathedral choirs in relatively recent times. It wasnot considered suitable for women to be singing in church choirs.Nick then spoke about the hymns that we sing in church today, and about thenew music that is being introduced to congregations now. We were given muchfood for thought, and Nick rounded off the evening for us by playing as we sang,with apologies to the WI, a rousing rendition of Jerusalem. Due thanks werethen given to Nick, to John, and to Margaret for her much appreciatedhospitality.Our Summer party is to be held at Margaret Houston's home (16 Shirleys) on 16 thAugust at 6 pm. Please note the earlier time. A plate of food and/or a bottle ofyour choice would be much appreciated. Please give Margaret a ring (843688) tolet her know if you are coming.Dee Grainger and Nan Crofton20


1 st Ditchling Scout GroupBeavers - Almost all of our Beavers attended this year’s Mid-Sussex District FunDay which was held at Broadstone Warren in Ashdown Forest. Among theactivities enjoyed were grass sledging, archery, abseiling, ‘low ropes’ andpotholing through the underground cave system. By all accounts, it was a greatday in the company of other Beavers from the District.Other meetings included an evening campfire with songs and marshmallowcooking at McMillan’s Chicken Farm and an activity in the Recreation Groundwhich was designed to show what many African children have to do before theygo to school in the morning, which included collecting wood and carrying waterover a long distance. An interesting visit to the sea for beachcombing had to bepostponed to another occasion due to a rain storm.Cubs - The Cubs have been raft building at Ardingly with lots of fun ending injetty jumping. They then went pond dipping at Ditchling Common with aninstructor from the Council and found some great pond life. Clive and Jane Vollerwere kind enough to let us use their pool again and provide food for all the boys.On another occasion the Cubs visited Blacklands to do the ‘crate challenge’.Apparently two cubs got up to 14 crates high whereas apparently two of ourLeaders, Dorothy and Naomi, only managed to get to 7 high! Better luck nexttime. (The crates are similar to milk crates and you have to stand on top of themas you build them higher. The builders are attached to safety lines since thewhole exercise ends when the crates topple over). We congratulate ThomasPreston who has gained his Chief Scout’s Silver Award this month.Scouts - A Sunday was spent at Ardingly where everyone had the chance to trysailing, windsurfing, kayaking and canoeing using Canadian style canoes whichwas a very energetic day for all concerned and we have to thank the DistrictInstructors for making this available to us. One evening was spent learningabout car maintenance and wheel changing.The whole summer term came to an end with a meeting of the whole Group -Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, with an evening at Andrew’s field. This included whathas become the annual tug-o-war competition and games enjoyed by everyonein the Sections before resorting to the eats and drinks. Three boys were investedinto the Cubs around the flagpole before we all finished the term. Our thanks toall the Leaders and parent helpers who have insured that it has been anothersuccessful term.Alec Gaskin, Group Chairman22


Ditchling Discovery Day – Making Sense of the Censusin St Margaret’s Church on Saturday 3 rd September 11am-3pm.To mark Census year members of Ditchling History Project hope you will jointhem in St Margaret’s Church on Saturday September 3 rd to find out more aboutDitchling through the Census. Census returns provide a rich source ofinformation helping us to piece together the stories of families and communitiesin the past. The first official census was taken in 1801 and full records withnames date back to 1841. Returns for the census of 1911 were made availablethis year when in March we all filled in our own census returns, the informationremaining confidential and closed to the public for the next 100 years when itwill provide an insight into a community for future generations.So what can the Census from centuries past tell us about the people who lived inthis village? It is possible, for instance, to trace a particular house through thedecades, find out who lived there and what they did for a living. Sometimes theinformation given is misleading and an element of mystery creeps into the storyor the fortunes of a family unexpectedly rise or fall, perhaps ending sadly withthe workhouse. It may be surprising to find that during the 19 th century some ofthe houses now considered to be among the grandest in the village were almosttenement buildings occupied by several working households.The event will take place in the historic church building with an introductorypresentation and activities and trails based on census information. Mostespecially you are invited to make some discoveries of your own with ‘hands-on’use of computers and other research resources. Refreshments with home-madecake will keep you going while members of the History Project will be on hand toinspire you with their enthusiasm for discovering anything and everything thatthe Census can tell us about Ditchling.Ditchling History Project60s Music Evening in DitchlingSaturday October 15, 7.30pm, Ditchling Village HallFollowing the last two years’ sell-out 60s music disco in Ditchling Village Hall, weare repeating the event on October 15 featuring, as before, DJ Andy Young andall those great bands of the 60s decade.Come and dance to the Rolling Stones, Beatles, Kinks, Supremes, Manfred Mannand all your favourites and help raise money for a wildlife charity (see below) atthe same time.24


Tickets cost £12 and include light refreshments. A well-stocked bar will beavailable, but you can bring your own drinks if you prefer. As numbers arestrictly limited, it is advisable to book your tickets early to avoid beingdisappointed, which happened to some people the last two years. Tickets areavailable from August 1 st at Ditchling Post Office and Parkers or by phoning01273 845361. NO TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR.The charity which will benefit is Fauna & Flora International (reg charity1011102), backed by Sir David Attenborough. Last year we helped Indonesia’sthreatened orang utans; this year we’re donating the proceeds to the veryendangered Cross River gorillas of Cameroon.Make sure you get ‘Satisfaction’ by getting your ticket early – don’t risk turning‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ by leaving it too late!Raising the Roof – Are you up for it?Ditchling residents will have noticed that recently their village hall wassurrounded by scaffolding. I would like to explain why.Two months into the year the management committee learnt, much to itsconsternation, that the tiled roof was unstable. The pegs holding the tiles to thebattens had corroded. It was advised to have it renovated as quickly as possible.The problem was that the estimates exceeded our financial reserves. Worse stillwe learnt that by law we had also to install expensive insulation – something thehall never had before. Over the years we have maintained a reserve of £15,000to provide for the proverbial ‘rainy day’. The rainy day had arrived and ourreserve would have been more than wiped out.Helped by an unexpected and generous private donation, it was decided that theonly way to proceed was to do the work in two phases, starting with the sectionover the stage. That phase is now completed. I would like to thank hirers andneighbours for their forbearance while the work was in progress.The hall is at the centre of our community. It is used for nearly 40 hours a weekat all times of day. It hosts an astonishing diversity of activities – weddingreceptions, wakes, exhibitions, plays, films, martial arts, yoga, dances, quizzes –you name it. Use by village organisations and residents exceeds that by ‘outside’organisations, although the distinction is not that clear as many village residentsparticipate in the latter functions.We now have to wait until we have built up sufficient funds to do the secondphase over the kitchen block. Meanwhile we have put all other upgrading workon hold.25


It is timely to point out that unlike most halls our hall is not a ‘parish’ hall. Werely predominantly on hiring income. We get no regular financial support fromany public body. From time to time we receive grants and donations from publicbodies and private individuals for specific purposes. They are very welcome andwe always accord them proper recognition. Can you help us raise the roof asecond time?Tom Dufty, Chairman Ditchling Village Hall Management CommitteeOut of the Shadows: MacDonald GillExhibition at the University of Brighton Gallery until August 31 stMacDonald Gill (1884-1947) is buried in the south churchyard at Streat where hisheadstone is immediately recognisable as being cut by Joseph Cribb, the stonecarverat the Guild on Ditchling Common. This summer an exhibition at BrightonUniversity Gallery, hosted by the University's Faculty of Arts, brings together thewide range of his extraordinary work. An illustrator, designer, architect,decorative artist and mural painter, he was perhaps most widely known in hislifetime for his pictorial maps and graphic designs including the celebratedpictorial maps “The Wonderground” (1914) and “Tea Revives the World” (1940).Born in Brighton, the younger brother of the stone-carver and typographer Eric,he was known to his family and friends as Max. A student of Chichester Schoolof Art and the Central School of Art, he trained as an architect but became aninfluential artist, designer and illustrator. His painted murals included those forthe “Queen Mary” and “Queen Elizabeth” liners and as a member of the WarGraves Commission Committee he designed the lettering used on allCommonwealth War Grave headstones. Max married Priscilla, the daughter ofthe Ditchling calligrapher Edward Johnston and the recent discovery by familymembers of a large archive of his work provides this opportunity to learn moreabout and appreciate his contribution to 20th century design.As a child Max would walk over the Downs with his family and his brother Ericrecords in his diary that they sat in Westmeston churchyard sketching thechurch. When Max died in 1947 the family decided he should be buried in thenearby Churchyard at Streat overlooking the Downs.The exhibition opened on July 22 nd and runs until August 31 st , open Monday-Saturday 10am to 5pm (closed on Bank Holiday Monday).Janet Cragg26


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Sprott’s Eleemosynary Charity – Number 206813Isabella Sprott lived in Ditchling in 1378; in her will she left land to produce anincome from rents to provide for repairs to St Margaret’s Church and to help thepoor in the Village. The funds were enhanced by various bequests over theensuing years. Following the sale of all the lands, the funds were invested intothe above Charity which was set up in 1897 for the ‘prevention or relief ofpoverty of children/young people and the elderly of the parish of Ditchling’.Historically, applicants had to apply in person and put their case to the Trustees.For many years, the Trustees have put forward names of people known to themand the grant money was divided equally amongst them. Last year, the patternwas changed and the money divided in differing amounts. In October 2010, thethen Chairman, Angela Craven, called a meeting of the Trustees to discuss thefuture distribution of the Charity money. It was agreed at that meeting that theCharity should be widely advertised in order to spread the distribution to includefamilies as well as the elderly. The Trustees would like to be able to helpparishioners with particular needs, for example to enable an elderly pensioner topay the transport costs to get to Age Concern, or to help towards their heatingcosts in the winter. Perhaps the Trustees would be able to help a family indifficulty so that they could afford a new pair of shoes for one of the children.The sum to be distributed (approx £600) would be divided among the successfulapplicants.Following the untimely death of Angela Craven, a further meeting of theTrustees has been held at which Richard Allen was appointed Chairman. It hasnow been agreed that posters will be displayed throughout the Village givingdetails of how to apply. If you know someone who may be eligible pleaseencourage them to make an application to one of the Trustees.Chairman of the TrusteesClerk to the TrustMr Richard. AllenMrs Mary Holman51 Lewes Road 38 East End LaneDitchlingDitchlingHassocksHassocksBN6 8TUBN6 8UP(01273 842919) (01273 845167)Trustees: Mrs Maureen Maguire (01273 842359), Mrs Agnes Sellens (01273 844965), DrMartin Toynbee (01273 834388), Father David Wallis (01273 843165), Mrs AngelaEarwicker (01273 844130), Brian Clutterbuck (01273 844746).Mary Holman, Clerk to the Charity28


Nature NotesI always enjoy seeing creatures in the wild that are scarce or difficult to find,particularly when venturing out with a plan to find them. One of my favourites isthe White Admiral butterfly, chocolate brown with a white “V” on the wings. It isspecial to Ancient Woodlands with Honeysuckle as the plant food at thecaterpillar stage of its life cycle. From late June until mid-August they are on thewing patrolling their territory and feeding on Bramble flowers. I usually find myfirst of the year along Streat Lane on the east side of Brock’s Wood. This yearone came to me, as I was in the garden one flew past my ear and on to aBuddleia.It is difficult to imagine that some butterflies and moths come to Britain fromacross the Channel. The coastal bird observatories are also involved in the studyof migrant moths of which there are many species. One of the most exciting tosee is the Hummingbird Hawk Moth, several of which have arrived this year.They need no describing as their action is exactly as their name implies. Theyhover over flowers extracting nectar with a long tongue. The orange, black andwhite of the tail is very obvious. When at rest, which is not often, with wingsclosed across their back they are well camouflaged and look rather insignificant.I have continued the study of Swallows in the locality and as always find outsome astonishing facts about them. We caught up some of the breeding adultsat the college stables recently an recaptured a male that we ringed as an adult in2007 over the same stable door. Being of unknown age but certainly at least oneyear old at ringing, the minimum number of times it had travelled to South Africais five in each direction. What a feat of navigation! I did also recapture one of lastyear’s nestlings, a male, unusually returning to breed at the colony where it washatched. This is only the third in nearly twenty years we have recorded doing so.Two species that seem to be around in huge numbers are Wood pigeons thatstripped all of my sprouts and broccoli and Jackdaws that descend in a greatflock on to the ensiled Maize to devour the seeds. There are young birdsamongst them all but through the spring there have been such numbers thatmany must be non-breeding birds. I don’t know at what age they first breed butthey, as a species are very successful.Already, in mid July, Grey Squirrels are eating the developing Hazel nuts. Theremains of the shells are littered beneath the trees that overhang the lane. Whatchance for us to gather any when they would be ripe?Reg Lanaway29


The Beacon in the PastBelow are excerpts from previous issues of the Ditchling Beacon.40 years agoIn the August 1971 issue the Rev Tony Way thanked the organisers of the cricketmatch between the Cellar Club and the Fathers’ XI. “The wonderful weather andthe delightful situation of the Hassocks Secondary School playing-fieldcontributed towards …. a most enjoyable afternoon”.At a recent PCC meeting it had been agreed that “many parishioners mightwelcome the opportunity of a Gift Day as a means of contributing towards thecost of rebuilding of the church-yard wall”. In addition “vigorous representationwas made by the Parish Council to the County Council in an attempt to obtainfinancial help in paying for the extensive work necessitated by the dangerouscondition of this wall” but it was unsuccessful “so that the whole cost will have tobe met out of our own Church Funds”.20 years agoIn the August 1991 issue, the Vicar reported that St Margaret’s had “acquired areplacement St. George’s flag, with the arms of the Diocese of Chichesterquartered on it”. The Sunday School children had raised “a very useful sum ofmoney towards the cost of providing the flag”.The Vicar also mentioned a series of leaflets explaining improvements to theChurch’s investment income. “Contrary to a commonly held misconception theChurch of England does not receive Government aid”.The PCC noted that the “flagpole base, damaged in the October 1987 hurricanehas been repaired and the flagpole reerected”. Also the “replacement of treeslost in the storms of recent years is under consideration”.Regarding the Beacon, it was reported that “the Parish photocopier is nowreaching the stage where retirement beckons ... the PCC agreed that areplacement was essential”.A programme of events was being organised “to celebrate the triple tercentenaryof St. Margaret’s”. These were to include a “Flower Festival, concerts andrecitals, special services, and an exhibition in the Museum”.The Village Association held an open meeting “to discuss the feasibility ofperforming in June 1992 the Pageant, which illustrates the history of Ditchling”.This would involve up to 250 people, but only 40 turned up to the meeting, so an“alternative suggestion is to have an especially splendid Fair, with a St.Margaret’s theme”.Graham Sharpless31


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For practical servicesfrom friendly peopleWills & EstatesProperty Sales & PurchasesPersonal injuryInheritance tax planningFamily mattersServices for businesses32-34 Keymer Road, Hassocks01273 843405hassocks@gsfwsolicitors.co.ukwww.gsfwsolicitors.co.ukRegulated by the SolicitorsRegulation AuthorityIf you would like to contribute to our magazine on church and villagecommunity matters, or receive further copies, please get in touch with:Graham Sharpless, 23 North Court, Hassocks, BN6 8JSTel: 01273 845368 E-mail: sharpless@btinternet.comwww.BeaconParishes.orgCopy deadline for the September 2011 edition isFriday 19 th AugustContributions should, where possible, be sent by email to the emailaddress above either in the body of the email or as a Microsoft Wordfile. For events please ensure that all necessary details are included,such as title, venue, date, time, ticket prices and availability.Printed by DPS Ltd, Burgess Hill33

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