Triangle Magazine - February 2021


Triangle Magazine - February 2021
The Church Magazine for the Parishes of Clymping and Yapton with Ford

ISSN 2059-1659

February 2021

The church magazine for the parishes of

Clymping & Yapton with Ford

Triangle - February 2021


Services for February 2021

Dear Friends

In mid-January both PCCs made the very difficult decision to cancel

live services for the time being. This was done with a heavy heart but

reflects the local and national increase in COVID cases, the rules and advice

about staying at home, not travelling beyond your village or town and

advice from our Archdeacon.

Throughout the pandemic I have repeatedly said that my priority is to

keep us all safe. I believe this is the best way to do that.

Please keep in touch with each other. I’m always happy to chat!

We will continue to produce our weekly online service and also a

regular traditional Evensong recording with the help of Clymping organist,

Peter Nunn.

As we head toward Lent we will be offering a variety of different

opportunities to keep the season appropriately.


Full ‘keep in touch with us’ details can be found on page 4.

If services do resume this month the service ‘pattern’ will probably

be as follows:

A simple Holy Communion service every Sunday:

9.45 am, St Mary’s, Yapton, and 11.00 am, St Mary’s, Clymping

A Holy Communion service every Thursday:

10.00 am, St Andrew’s Ford

Please remember that all of the ‘covid rules’ will probably still apply;

booking ahead, wearing masks, no socialising etc.

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From the Editor

Dear Triangle Readers


elcome to the February 2021 edition of Triangle.

This month sees some significant events in the

calendar. On 2nd February we celebrate The Presentation of

Jesus in the Temple, often referred to as Candlemas,

Shrovetide which ends on Shrove Tuesday (16th February),

and on 17 February there’s Ash Wednesday. You’ll find pieces about two of

these in this month’s issue.

February also marks the 50th anniversary of the introduction of decimal

currency in the country. At that time I was working for Barclays Bank and on

page 7 you’ll find my recollections from that time.

Covid-19 is still significantly disrupting our church life and our personal

lives. If you plan to attend any of the church services this month please make

sure that you read the special note on page 2.


Editor: Nigel Smeeth, 3 Dial Close, Barnham, Bognor Regis, PO22 0JU

( 01243 552821 (not after 8.00 p.m. please)

Our Rector

Revd Richard Hayes (Rector)

Day off is Friday

The Rectory, St Mary’s Meadow, Yapton,

Arundel, BN18 0EE.

( 01243 552962.

Full details of our ministry team, along with other contacts can be found at the back of the magazine.



Front: Winter snow (Feb ‘18) at the Weald & Downland Musuem (Editor’s


Back: Summerhouse Hill, near Folkestone. Part of the ‘Old Way’ Pilgrims’ Route.

See page 33


The deadline for next month’s magazine is


Items received after this date will normally be carried over to the next month

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Keep in Touch with


Please check the Benefice website and our

Facebook page regularly for the most up-todate


Facebook – cyfchurches

If you’re not on Richard’s email newsletter list,

then drop him an email and he’ll

add you - just another way for us

to of keep in touch with you:

Richard - 01243 552962

Clymping, Yapton & Ford

Benefice Fellowship Groups

Join us in one of the fellowship groups around

the Benefice; supporting, learning, enjoying,

praying together. Each group has its own way

of doing things and we’re sure you’ll find one

that suits you. There are groups that meet

morning, afternoon and evening. Some meet

weekly, most meet fortnightly.

If you’d like to know more contact the Rector.

Church Office

Special Notice


athy will normally be in

the office on Monday,

Tuesday, Thursday and

Friday mornings, although

exact times will vary.

Please note that should

you wish to visit, it MUST

be by prior appointment


Please email

or call

01243 553653

(leave a message if


These arrangements may

be subject to review in light

of coronavirus advice.

Thank you.


lease pray for the two primary schools in

our benefice. Keep in your prayers the

children, the head teachers, class teachers and

all other staff.

Remember, particularly, the many children

from disadvantaged backgrounds; pray that

they may find peace and security in a loving

and caring Christian environment.

Keep the students in your prayers as they move through the secondary

education system and onto colleges, universities and apprenticeships.

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From the Rector


s most of you will

know, the churches in

the Benefice are closed for

worship again. We’ve had a

tough few weeks in our villages, with

high levels of outbreaks of COVID

and it seemed best to keep people as

safe as possible.

However, there is more hope

now that by the middle of the year

we will be able to relax a little and

find some sort of normal returning as

the vaccines roll out. Will things go

back to pre 2020 days? I suspect not.

COVID variants will always have to

be monitored and we have been

reminded of how ‘coughs and

sneezes spread diseases.’ Perhaps

hand sanitizer will remain our

community health friend?

Parish life will get busier. I’m

expecting a queue of weddings,

renewal of vows, baptisms and,

sadly, memorial services. All from

the past year. We will also want to

take advantage of the growth in

people sharing in online worship,

welcoming them to choose between

live or virtual fellowship with us.

It’s been suggested that we should

host a ‘bring your own’ Benefice

picnic in the summer to celebrate the

easing of rules… just one enormous

‘all together’ event. I can’t wait!

More immediately, it’s

impossible to know how the next few

months will pan out. We

will get back into church

for our limited worship

services as soon as

possible but how , and

when, these limitations

will be eased we cannot

guess. Lent will certainly be affected

and who knows what Easter will look


I hope there will be a continued

sense of community around our

villages and towns. We have had to

think of others and their well being -

let’s hope this is something we won’t

forget too quickly! We have also been

reminded of those who serve us,

those who we call ‘front line

workers.’ From shop assistants, care

givers, school staff, emergency

services, utilities providers, health

care staff… the list goes on. We

NEED these folk, the infrastructure of

our communities depends upon

them, and will continue to do so long

after the last vaccine is injected.

My prayer is that the Benefice

will take this opportunity to become

even more welcoming to all, of all

ages and identity - those with faith,

those seeking and those without.

That we might be home to all who

turn up at our doors – virtual or real.


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Love Is…


s we mark Valentine’s Day this

month, it’s good to ask the

question: what does real love look


The Apostle Paul says: ‘Love is

patient, love is kind. It does not envy,

it does not boast, it is not proud. It

does not dishonour others, it is not

self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it

keeps no record of wrongs. Love does

not delight in evil but rejoices with

the truth. It always protects, always

trusts, always hopes, always

perseveres. Love never fails.’

(1 Corinthians 13: 4-8).


Smart bird

avens have been found to be

among the cleverest animals in

the world. These largest members of

the crow family can even score as

high on intelligence tests as


Ravens can remember where food

is hidden, can use tools to get at it,

follow human faces with their eyes,

and understand what people mean

when they point. All in all,

researchers praise their “general,

sophisticated cognitive skills.”

The study

was carried out

at Osnabruck

University in



A prayer for the


Dear Father God,

You promise to hear us when we

come to you in prayer, thank you!

We so need Your listening ear at

this time – and your help, Lord.

Winter always brings challenges,

but this winter is exceptional as the

effects of the pandemic continue.

When we are afraid, or lonely, or

grieving, or in despair, help us to

trust You and to know that You are

with us in the middle of it all,

sustaining us. You are not socialdistancing,

You are very, very

close, full of love and compassion.

We pray for our National Health

Service and ask for Your special

strength and protection for all staff.

Thank you for the skills You have

given to scientists all over the

world. Thank you for the hope

which the vaccines bring. Most of

all thank You for the hope which

Jesus brings. This earthly life is a

whisper in the light of eternity and

Jesus is the key to that eternal life.

Thank You, Father, for meeting all

our needs in Jesus.


“Never let a problem to be solved

become more important than a person

to be loved.”

Barbara Johnson

American literary critic and translator

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UK’s currency decimalised

A personal recollection

Nigel Smeeth remembers



his month marks the

50th anniversary of the

switch to decimal currency;

15 February 1971 to be


Back in the 1960s and

early 70s I worked for Barclays Bank

and in 1969 spent six months working

in their bullion department in

Southampton where we dealt with

the bulk cash handling for the bank’s

branches in the south of England.

In the late summer of 1969 a huge

consignment of the new 50p coin

arrived ready for distribution and

issue on 14 October 1969. These

would replace the 10 shilling note.

The 5p and 10p coins also made early

appearances, replacing the oneshilling

and two-shilling coins.

In the lead-up to ‘D-Day’ several

other pre-decimal coins were taken

out of circulation; ha’pennies,

thrupenny-bits and half-crowns.

These ‘old’ coins poured into the

bullion department in vast numbers

as some people feared

they wouldn’t be able

to use them in shops


As decimal day

approached, television,

newspaper and other

advertising ensured

The new 50th

anniversary 50p coin

that everyone would be


A training day for bank

staff was organised at the

Mountbatten Centre in

Portsmouth and I became

the ‘Branch Decimalisation

Officer’ at Barclays in


Banks were closed for four days

prior to the switch to enable branches

to prepare everything. In Midhurst,

Barclays was not fully computerised.

We had mechanised current accounts

but still maintained manual records

for savings accounts. Interest on

savings, loans and overdrafts was still

calculated manually and the

‘changeover’ calculations required

gave us plenty to do. Everyone in the

branch worked really hard and we

completed the conversion in less than

two days, so we didn’t have to

sacrifice our weekend!

On Monday 15th February

decimalisation arrived. On the first

day I had just one enquiry and a day

or so later we abandoned the special

‘Decimal Desk’ in the banking

hall; everyone had taken to the

change like ducks to water!

A few older folk mourned

the loss of the old £sd money,

but anyone under the age of 50

would see the old system as

complete madness!

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Yapton Cottage Gardeners’ Society


hings are getting better! Your

correspondent has had the

first of two inoculations

against COVID-19.

Sometime in

February, the soil warms

sufficiently for plant

growth to begin. The first

weed seedlings appear,

and dandelions and daisies,

whose rosettes lie flat for the

duration of the winter, quite

suddenly become more visible as the

foliage rises from the soil surface. A

new season has begun.

There is still time for pruning of

apples and pears, but roses visibly

begin growth this month, so pruning

for them is ideally completed by the

15 th . Bud break tells, if nothing else,

what is living and what is dead or

moribund; the first operation with

pruning is to cut out the deceased,

and then the unwanted.

Once upon a time, February was

the month for open ground sowing

of parsnip seeds. It remains an

unresolved mystery of timing, as

germination is unlikely to occur

before April, even if the intention

was a root 20+ cm in diameter

requiring as long a growing season

as possible, and an unbelievably

large family to consume it.

February might be regarded as

the latest for seed sowing of sweet

peas under glass for exhibition work,

and it might be possible to sow

radishes and carrots in an

unheated glasshouse for

cropping in May and June.

At the time of

writing, it is quite

unknown as to when the

Cottage Gardeners’

members will meet person

to person. The marquee for

the August show has been

booked in anticipation of the event

becoming a reality, with the judges

for some of the sections now booked,

before anyone else asks them to


A lot of people will have move

out of their comfort zone to reestablish

the business of shows,

plant sales and members’ meetings,

as and when routine activities recommence.

We can do little other than wait

and see, and be surprised by a

resurgence of interest in

participation in the affairs of the


When you take a flower in your

hand and really look at it, it’s your

world for the moment. I want to give

that world to someone else. Most

people in the city rush around so,

they have no time to look at a

flower. I want them to see it whether

they want to or not.

Georgia O’Keefe (1887-1986)

American Artist

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Further details from the Head Teacher,

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Further details from the Head Teacher

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God is in the here and now

During lockdown, one Triangle reader

has been looking at some Old Testament

characters and how they developed their

relationship with God. These reflections

will continue until the end of the year.



ou probably remember the story

of Jonah and the Whale from

Sunday School. This popular ‘tale’

tells how Jonah was swallowed by a

whale after refusing to obey God.

Jonah clearly had no problem

hearing God speak but he obviously

didn’t like what he heard. God told

him to go to Nineveh which was an

evil city with an evil king. Their

fearsome reputation was legendary.

The people were cruel and barbaric,

especially in their dealings with

enemies and foreigners. No wonder

Jonah didn’t want to go. Instead, he

boarded a boat going in the opposite

direction. In other words, he ran

away. Except that you can’t run away

from God. Psalm 139 tells us:

If I take the wings of the morning or

dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

even there shall Your hand lead me,

and Your right hand shall hold me.

God commanded a great storm to

arise and Jonah was eventually

pushed overboard in order to save

the passengers and crew. Cue the

entry of the whale. In his distress,

Jonah turned back to God, was

rescued from his situation and given

a second opportunity to obey Him.

This time Jonah went to Nineveh and

began speaking out the message that

God had given him, that all Nineveh

would be destroyed in 40 days time.

This message had a profound effect

on the inhabitants of Nineveh and the

whole nation repented and believed

in God. God saw their repentance,

forgave them and didn’t destroy the

city. A happy ending then?

Not for Jonah! He was furious

with God for having mercy on such

an evil people. This, he says, is why

he ran away. He knew God was slow

to anger and rich in mercy but he

wanted judgement on the city, not

mercy. They had committed many

atrocities and Jonah wanted to see

them pay dearly for it.

Isn’t that just like us? We are

happy to take a second chance, but

we so often want someone who has

hurt us or sinned against us to pay for

it. That they don’t pay seems unjust

and unfair, especially if we have

behaved well. But our God is a God

of love, who sent His own Son to pay

the penalty for our sins. He has been

incredibly merciful to us. Shouldn’t

we be merciful to others?

“For the one who has shown no mercy

will be judged without mercy. Mercy

triumphs over judgment.” James 2:13

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Tuesday - Saturday

Connecting with Culture

No Lockdown on the Holy Spirit


here is no lockdown on ‘just

happening’ to meet the person

he’s put on your heart in the grocery

aisle, or on him healing a friend sixty

miles away, or giving you the right

word (you know it was him) for a

colleague on a call, or strengthening

you for another day in the

classroom, the same room,

the Zoom room.

There is no lockdown

on mission.

There is no lockdown

on a ‘thank you’ note on

top of the bins, on a nod to

a stranger passing two

metres away, on a text to a friend, on

lingering after the screen meeting to

listen to a colleague, on reading a

psalm with a seeker before the start of

a workday, on offering an

understanding smile to a red-eyed

parent at the school gate, on leaving a

meal, a cake, a Kit-Kat on a doorstep,

on inviting a friend/neighbour to a

YouTube service, to a mince pie

outside your front door, to Zoom


We may be limited in how we can

gather in our church buildings but we

are still God’s people with a mission

in his world.

There is no lockdown on prayer.

We may not be able to go to our

friend, our family, our neighbour, our

Is there any



whisper he

cannot hear?

boss, lay on hands, anoint with oil,

but are not the Lord’s ears open? Is

there any mask-muffled, visorbuffered

whisper he cannot hear?

Has his arm grown shorter? Or his

heart less tender? Is he not always

near? Does he not still speak through

his word? Send his angels?

Is there any wall he cannot

walk through? Any place

barred to his Spirit? And, in

our grieving, our anxiety,

bewilderment, depression,

weariness, loneliness, is it

not still true that the fastest

way to hope begins on our


W There is no lockdown on grace.

W There is no lockdown on access to

the Father.

W No lockdown on Jesus.

W And no lockdown on the Holy

Spirit. He goes where he wills.


Mark Greene

Executive Director, LICC

© London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.

Used with permission

Your walk with God does not

depend on people, places, things or

events. Dr Henry Brandt

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Bringing the ‘Light of the World’ into the dark

days of winter

Bob Peters writes:


he Christian festival of

Candlemas, which is celebrated

annually on 2nd February, marks the

‘Presentation of Christ in the

Temple’ (Luke 2:22-40), which is the

official name for this feast day.

Candlemas is celebrated by Christians

throughout the world.

Ten years ago, when in Madeira, I

witnessed an amazing

celebration when hundreds

of local people, carrying

lighted candles, took to the

streets and processed into a

cathedral. There were so

many people that most of

them had to stand outside

and listen to the service on


The name, ‘Candlemas’

evolved from a tradition

that churches, while

celebrating the time that the child

Jesus was presented in the temple,

used the occasion to bless the candles

they had bought for the coming year.

Candles, of course, were the usual

source of light in dark church

buildings before the electric light

became available in the early 1900s. In

my parish church, St Andrew’s

Sonning, a single electric light bulb

was installed in October 1934 to

supplement the candles that had

always been used. It was first light

bulb in the village. The vicar, writing

in our parish magazine, said: ‘At

Evensong, when the congregation

was even larger than usual, the

church looked extraordinarily

beautiful … and the combination of

the electric light and the candles

throughout the church being

markedly effective.’

Candles, of course,

were not only the main

source of light – oil lamps

being another source – in

churches but also in

people’s homes and

workplaces. Most villages,

and certainly most towns

and cities, had their

candlestick maker, hence

the nursery rhyme, ‘Rub a

dub dub, three men in a

tub, the butcher, the baker and the

candlestick maker’. Candles, or rather

the light they provided, were an

essential commodity. It is estimated

that in the UK we spend £1.9 billion

on candles every year!

Despite a modern day LED lighting

system that welcomes visitors to my

(Continued on page 18)

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St James the Least of All

On why our church does not need health or safety...

My dear Darren


appreciated your recent

concern when you heard

one of our parishioners had

slipped on a gravestone. Your

desire to help was entirely

commendable, and I do know

that sending your own

church’s health and safety

officer to give us some advice was

kindly meant. But the 200-page report

was not welcome. If we implemented

even half of your officer’s

suggestions, life would become

unbearably safe.

St James the Least of All has

survived perfectly well for the last

600 years without gutter cleaning

inspections, path degreasing and

electrical safety certificates, so I think

we may survive a little longer

without them. As far as I am aware,

the only disaster to hit us was when

Cromwell’s soldiers stabled their

horses in the nave – which I suspect a

few of our oldest members still

clearly remember.

The shock the sidesmen

sometimes get when switching on the

lights occurs only occasionally, is

relatively mild and soon over – and if

it happens when preparing for the

8am Service, helps to wake them up.

The weight of the Duke of

Clumber’s marble sarcophagus

is slowly detaching the south

aisle from the rest of the church,

but it is very slow – and the

pews in that area are used only

once a year when his relations

visit from America to

commemorate his death at

Agincourt – which is probably

just beyond remembrance of

the oldest of our congregation.

Leaks from the ceiling in the

north aisle are solved with a row of

buckets – and even you must concede

that the fungi on the oak beams look

really rather attractive when the sun

catches them. The sapling growing

out of the spire is certainly an issue –

although it looks so attractive in

Spring when in blossom. As for our

fire extinguishers, they were serviced

when my predecessor-but-two was in

office, and I have the certificate to

prove it.

So, do thank your health and

safety officer for all his work and tell

him we will bear his

recommendations in mind. Also tell

him I was so sorry he slipped and

broke his leg in our choir stalls while

he was with us. But that bit of floor

has been out of alignment since 1748,

and it seems a shame to disturb it

(Continued on page 18)

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(Candlemas - continued from page 15)

church today, candles are still used for

all services. Before Covid, our

Sacristan bought over 650 candles

every year to replenish over 100+

candlesticks and chandeliers. The

oldest chandelier still in use dates

from 1675.

Like some other churches,

Candlemas has also become the time

to celebrate Christingle. The weeks

immediately before and after

Christmas are extremely busy with

carol services for three local schools,

and all the other Christmas

celebrations so that holding

Christingle at Candlemas on the first

Sunday of February has become a very

popular family occasion amidst the

winter gloom.

There can be no

doubt that the humble

candle is the perfect

symbol for Jesus as the

light that shines into the

darkest parts of our



(St James the Least-of-All - continued

from page 17)

now. If only he had arrived encased in

bubble wrap, it would never have

happened. Perhaps you could put that

on the agenda of your next

health and safety meeting.

What would


Whenever there’s a problem

And I don’t know what to do

I stop right there

And ask myself

What would JESUS do

Whenever I am feeling low

And just a little blue

I stop right there

And ask myself

What would JESUS do

Whenever my mind goes wandering

To where it shouldn’t do

I stop right there

And ask myself

What would JESUS do

Whenever someone’s unkind to me

It gets me in a stew

I stop right there

And ask myself

What would JESUS do

Whenever days go by

And I don’t know what to do

I stop right there

And ask myself

What would JESUS do

Poem by John Winterbourne

Your loving uncle,


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In the stillness

A poem by John Holden

From all the din and noise of day,

I come in silence now to pray.

All stress and strain are out of mind,

For in the calm it’s You I find.

In the stillness I find peace,

When all the cares of life are least.

Right here right now my mind is free,

I’m listening Lord, please speak to me.

I come for safety in your love,

So closer then to you I move.

From all the harm around I see,

In you I find tranquillity.

I know, my Lord, you’re always there,

My closest friend, to hear my prayer.

So undisturbed, I make my plea,

In conversation, You and me.

Good enough for Moses

The barrister Jerry Hayes had a first recently

when a witness in a trial at which he was

defending had to give evidence by Skype

because she was self isolating. Lacking a

Bible at home, the witness downloaded a

copy on to her Kindle and swore the oath on

that. I suppose if tablets were good enough

for Moses…..

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Hymn of the Month

O God our help in ages past


s we move into 2021, I hope to

think about some of the hymns

that I have been playing before the

services at Clymping. During these

very difficult times, our worship is so

different from usual. We welcome the

streamed services and the thought

that Richard puts into them, but it is

also good to be able to meet up in

church. Sadly we are unable to sing,

so I have tried to play hymn tunes

before the service and provide the

words so that perhaps we can sing in

our imagination and at least think

about the words.

Many of those that I have chosen

reflect on the great themes of God as

a loving, faithful God. We can rejoice

in Jesus, our Saviour who promises a

peace that the world cannot give and

we can be encouraged by the Holy

Spirit who fills our hearts with God’s


At the beginning of a New Year,

it is quite common to look back at the

year that has just passed and then to

look forward. Perhaps this year in

particular, we all hope and pray that

it will be an improvement on 2020.

The hymn which I have chosen does

this to perfection: ‘our help in ages

past, our hope for years to come’ and

the title that Isaac Watts gave it, ‘Man

frail, and God eternal’ so well

describes how we are feeling at the


Although it has become

traditionally associated with

Remembrance Sunday, because that

is when it is always sung, this is only

a tradition since the First World War.

The hymn is much earlier, dating

back two hundred years to 1714,

three years before the death of Queen

Anne, at a time of considerable

national anxiety about the succession

to the throne.

It is based in the first verses of

Psalm 90 and is a great hymn on the

human condition, comparing the

shortness of life and the smallness of

human beings against the timeless

greatness of God, who was God

before the hills, who has been our

help in the past and is our hope in the

future. Isaac Watts started the hymn

with the words “Our God, our help in

ages past” emphasizing that God is

our God and we can feel secure under

the shadow of his throne. It was John

Wesley who changed the first word

to “O”, the version now mostly used,

suggesting that ‘our’ was repeated

too often in the verse. Watts uses the

word saints in the biblical sense

which Paul used for his fellow

Christians. To them God is the

“eternal home”, the place where the

soul feels at home and the place to

return to, a permanent resting place,

stated in the first verse and, at the

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page 21)

end of the hymn, becoming part of a

prayer that we may share it.

The hymn was first included in

Isaac Watts’s The Psalms of David

imitated in the language of the New

Testament. In the King James version,

the one Watts would be familiar with,

the psalm begins with “Lord, thou

hast been our dwelling place in all

generations” and several of the verses

in the psalm are reflected quite

closely in the hymn, such as “For a

thousand ages in thy sight are but as

yesterday when it is past, and as a

watch in the night.”, but other verses

such as verse 5, “Thou carriest them

away as with a flood; they are as a

sleep” are expanded into a profound

statement about the nature of time

and the transience of our earthly

lives. As I look at the digital clock on

my desk, which has the seconds

visibly ticking away, I am

particularly aware of the swift

movement of time which Isaac Watts

contrasts with the eternal nature of


He was born in Southampton, the

son of a dissenting minister, who was

in prison at the time of Isaac’s birth

because of his beliefs. At this time,

hymns were not usually sung either

in church or chapel – all that was

available were metrical versions of

psalms sung by nonconformists and

the services in the Book of Common

Prayer really allowed no opportunity

of congregational singing apart from

the canticles and psalms. It is said

that, as a child, Isaac complained to

his father about what they were

singing in chapel and his father

suggested that he ought to try to do

something better. Most of his earlier

works were based on the psalms

“imitated in the language of the New

Testament”. All commentators refer

to him as being the first really great

hymn-writer in English.

Coincidentally, it is always sung

to a tune named after a saint. St Anne

was almost certainly written by

William Croft a few years before the

hymn, in 1708, who at the time was

organist of St Anne’s Church in Soho

and then successively of the Chapel

Royal and Westminster Abbey. It was

composed for the metrical version of

Psalm 42 ‘As pants the hart for

cooling streams’. It was first

associated with ‘O God our help’ in

the first edition of Hymns Ancient and

Modern in 1861 and as with so many

words and tunes linked together in

that book for the first time, today no

one would think of singing the hymn

to any other tune.

Peter Nunn

As soon as I could write with a

pencil, I was writing these little

hymns and illustrating them, and I

thought they should be sung in

church, but they never were.

William S Merwin, Poet (1927–2019)

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Hymn of the Month

O God our help in ages past

O GOD, our help in ages past,

our hope for years to come,

our shelter from the stormy blast,

and our eternal home;

2 Under the shadow of thy throne

thy saints have dwelt secure;

sufficient is thine arm alone,

and our defence is sure.

3 Before the hills in order stood,

or earth received her frame,

from everlasting thou art God,

to endless years the same.

4 A thousand ages in thy sight

are like an evening gone,

short as the watch that ends the night

before the rising sun.

5 Time, like an ever-rolling stream,

bears all its sons away;

they fly forgotten, as a dream

dies at the opening day.

6 O God, our help in ages past,

our hope for years to come,

be thou our guard while troubles last,

and our eternal home.

Praise for churches


hristianity has provided a

blueprint for social

improvement, according to the

Labour Leader of the Opposition, Sir

Keir Starmer. Writing in a recent

issue of Church Times, he said, “For

all the loss and difficulty, we should

not let this year be defined by pain.

“Throughout the pandemic, we

ISAAC WATTS 1674-1748 - Psalm 90

have also seen the best of humanity.”

Sir Keir said that during this past

year “religious institutions and local

communities have banded together

for the common good, showing us

the very best of Britain.” And he

went on to say that “the best of

British values” that have surfaced

during the pandemic “are also the

best of Christian values.”


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Intercessions for the month

Let us bring to God in prayer…

Mon 1st

Médecins San Frontier

Tue 2nd The presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas). Pray for

those bringing children to church, especially those for baptism.

Wed 3rd

People who are housebound.

Thu 4th

For our Prime Minister and MPs.

Fri 5th Pray for the work of the Mothers’ Union, locally and worldwide.

Sat 6th The Ascension of Elizabeth II. Hold our Queen and her family in


Sun 7th

Mon 8th

Tue 9th

Oh Lord my God, how excellent is Your greatness. You are clothed

with majesty and honour, wrapped in light as in a garment.

Our hospices – patients, staff, support groups, and their families

and friends.

Choose a news item and pray for those involved or affected by the


Wed 10th Lay people who are trying to discern whether they are called to

become ministers in the church.

Thu 11th Small businesses and shopkeepers worried for their future.


12th Thank you for those who care for our rivers and other waterways.


13th Those forming new relationships and setting up home together.

Sun 14th The Lord, the most mighty God, has spoken and called the world

from the rising of the sun to its setting.

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Mon 15th Half-term. For school staff and pupils especially during this halfterm


Tue 16th Shrove Tuesday. When we feel unable to forgive ourselves for the

wrong we have done, heal and help us Lord and use us in the work

of Your Kingdom.

Wed 17th Ash Wednesday. May we respond to the God-given grace to draw

nearer to our Lord this Lent.

Thu 18th All those who voluntarily give their time and talents to the

outreach of the Church.



19th For funeral service staff, that they may be helped to give care and


20th Church Action on Poverty.

Sun 21st Make me to know You, O Lord, and teach me Your paths; for You

have I hoped all the day long.

Mon 22nd The Guides and Scouts, in this area and throughout the world.

Tue 23rd Fairtrade Fortnight (22nd February to 1st March)

Wed 24th Pray for the staff working in emergency call centres.

Thu 25th Charities providing support for those working at sea especially the

Fishermen’s Mission.



26th The General Synod (to 2nd March)

27th George Herbert, priest and poet. May we be inspired by his hymns

and poetry.

Sun 28th All the ends of the Earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and

all the families of the nations shall bow before Him.

Prayers & Intercessions pages

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Celebrating 75 years of the RSV Version

The RSV has been around for longer than

most of us have. Tim Lenton gives us a

potted history.


he Revised Standard

Version of the New

Testament was published 75

years ago, on 11 th February

1946. It was the first major

English-language update of

the Bible since the King

James version published in


The RSV Old Testament

followed in 1952 and the Apocrypha

in 1957. The translation was a

revision of the American Standard

Version of 1901 and was intended to

be a readable and accurate modern

English translation. A ceremony to

commemorate the publication of the

New Testament was held in

Columbus, Ohio, with the translation

team saying they wanted it to

supplement the ASV and not

supplant it.

The RSV New Testament was

mostly well received, but the

Old Testament, which made

use of Dead Sea Scrolls

material, less so. One

objection centred on the

translation of a Hebrew word

in Isaiah as ‘young woman’

instead of ‘virgin’, which was

said to distort a basic

Christian truth and

encouraged many to go back

to the King James Bible.

Some opponents went further,

calling it a “master stroke of Satan”.

One Southern pastor burned a copy

with a blowtorch in his pulpit. The

controversy may have paved the way

for the now widely used and virginal

New International Version,

introduced in 1978.


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Garden Tips from Alan Doick

{ Plant Onions and Shallots. The

usual way to grow Shallots is to

plant bulbs (sets)-this hardy

vegetable can be planted before

most others can be sown.

Although ‘sets’ are more

convenient, seeds are cheaper. If

using seeds, Onions and Shallots

can be sown in cell trays now,

three or four seeds per cell. If you

have a cool greenhouse, seedlings

can be raised before planting them

out in clumps in the Spring. If

growing from ‘sets’ plant them

directly in rows 10” (25cm) apart.

If the soil is still too wet and cold,

you can plant them in pots and

plant out later.

{ The Pelargoniums which have

been almost stored dry in pots,

should be checked for rot now and

cut back. Pot in small pots of fresh

compost and give a little water to

stimulate growth.

{ Check Potatoes which are in trays

to ‘chit’ (sprout) and remove any

that are rotting. Keep them in

good light to ensure sturdy

shoots. Rub off any Aphids

(greenfly) which are on the shoots.

{ Sow Lettuce, Spinach and Radish

in spare patches of soil in the

greenhouse for tasty Spring treats.

{ Keep ponds free of ice to allow

gases to escape and fish to


{ For early crops

sow seed of Broad

Beans in pots in a

cold or cool

greenhouse and plant out in

March. Protect Autumn sown

plants with cloches in very severe


{ Cymbidiums (Orchids) in flower

should be kept in a cool room in

good light. Water with rain water.

Do not allow them to dry out, but

never allow them to stand in


{ Parsley is best replaced every year

as it will tend to run to seed in its

second season. Sow in pots in

gentle heat for early supplies of

tasty leaves.

{ Sow Tomatoes now in a heated

greenhouse for early crop.

{ To prevent Mahonia japonica from

becoming ‘leggy’, cut off the

rosettes of leaves after flowering.

The ‘sticks’ will produce several

shoots and make a lovely bushy


Garden Quotes

Four seeds in a hole,

one for the rook,

and one for the crow,

one to rot

and one to grow.

Traditional Sussex saying.

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From our Registers

W Recent Funerals

Gwen Tapp

John Thompson

Betty Sudell

Daphne Moore

Charles Stancomb

Charles Gallagher

W Baptisms - none

W Weddings

Makeisha Birdine &

Alex Duggan-Rees

Anna Dijkslag &

Ben van Driel

Mike Bridle

Quotes for


Lent is a time for taking stock -

spiritually. It is a time for ‘walking in

the wilderness’ in preparation for

Easter. Here are some thoughts:

W A man who loves his wife will

love her letters and her

photographs because they speak

to him of her. So, if we love the

Lord Jesus, we shall love the Bible

because it speaks to us of Him.

John R W Stott

W The best prayers often have more

groans than words. John Bunyan

W Endurance is the ability to stand

up under adversity; perseverance

is the ability to progress in spite of

it. Jerry Bridges

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W Christians believe that Jesus Christ

is the Son of God because He said

so. The other evidence about Him

has convinced them that He was

neither a lunatic nor a quack.

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Recipe Page

This month the recipe comes from

Julie Cooksley. It looks delicious!

Marbled blackcurrant

and almond cake

Makes 12 slices

You will need

¨ 150g self-raising flour

¨ 100g ground almonds

¨ 175g butter softened

¨ 150g caster sugar

¨ 2 medium eggs, beaten

¨ a few drops of almond essence

¨ 4 tablespoons milk

¨ 150g blackcurrant jam

¨ 25g flaked almonds

¨ Creme fraiche (optional)



mixture then swirl the jam

through the mixture using a


Smooth the top then scatter the

flaked almonds over.

Bake for 1-1¼ hours until firm to

the touch

¨ Leave to stand in the tin for 10

minutes then remove and cool

completely on a wire rack

Serve the cake on his own or with a

generous helping of creme fraiche.


¨ Preheat the oven to 160°C, gas

mark 3

¨ Butter and line a 900g loaf tin

with baking parchment

¨ Put the flour and ground almonds

into a bowl and add the butter,

sugar, eggs, almond essence, and


¨ Beat with a hand-held whisk for 2

to 3 minutes until the mixture is

light and fluffy

¨ Spoon half the mixture into the


¨ Then spoon the jam fairly evenly

over the top.

¨ Cover with the remaining cake

Cooking Quote

I think preparing food and feeding

people brings nourishment not only

to our bodies but to our spirits.

Feeding people is a way of loving

them, in the same way that feeding

ourselves is a way of honouring our

own createdness and fragility.

Shauna Niequist

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The Old Way - a new pilgrim path


n the south of England, a

new pilgrim path is

emerging. Winding through

downland, weald and

shoreline for 250 miles, the

Old Way from Southampton to

Canterbury is derived from the oldest

road map of Britain: the Gough Map,


Like the Santiago de Compostela

in Spain, this ancient route has lain

dormant for years. But it has been

recently rediscovered by the British

Pilgrimage Trust, who have used the

Gough Map’s key anchor waypoints

(corresponding to settlements like

Southampton, Chichester, Arundel,

Battle, Rye etc) to create a new

pilgrimage route with ancient roots.

In unison with the Old Way’s

development, the British Pilgrimage

Trust are also reintroducing another

ancient – and similarly dormant –

tradition. The offering of ‘sanctuary’

hospitality to pilgrims along a

pilgrimage route was, up until the

English Reformation of 1534, common

practice. Monasteries throughout the

country would have had a room or

building reserved specifically for

travellers, who would rely on these

sanctuaries in order to make

pilgrimage. When pilgrimage was

banned in 1538, and monasteries

demolished, these two practices –

making pilgrimage, and providing

sanctuary – ceased, lying fallow for

hundreds of years.

It is natural, then, that

with the re-emergence of

pilgrimage in the UK, the

provision of sanctuary should

likewise become common practice

again. The BPT has worked with 13

churches along the Old Way, who

will offer overnight sanctuary to BPT

pilgrims walking the route, in

exchange for a donation (between £5-

£10 per pilgrim for one night) to their

church. In Spring 2021, Covid-19

permitting, the Sanctuary Project will


The BPT is looking for more

churches, based along this route to

take up this project. This is a fantastic

opportunity: not only will the project

enable pilgrims on lower incomes to

make pilgrimage, but it will also

bring a new type of visitor and

donation to churches.

Find out more at


The Way s a 2010 American-Spanish

drama film directed, produced and

written by Emilio Estevez and stars

Martin Sheen (his father). This

excellent film honours the Camino de

Santiago and promotes the traditional

pilgrimage. Estevez called the film

“pro-people, pro-life, not antianything”.

I’ve seen this excellent film several

times and it reveals something new with

each viewing. 5. Editor

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Gigglebox - laughter is good for you!


A fellow nurse at my hospital

received a call from an anxious young

woman. “I’m diabetic and I’m afraid

I’ve had too much sugar today,” he


“Are you light-headed?” my

colleague asked.

“No,” the caller answered, “No, I’m


Miscellaneous observations on

modern life

¨ As any member of a church

committee will tell you, after all is

said and done, there’s a lot more

said than done.

¨ I used to eat a lot of natural foods

until I learned that most people

die of natural causes.

¨ If you tell the truth, you don’t

have to remember anything.

¨ Good judgment comes from bad

experience, and a lot of that

comes from bad judgment.

¨ A closed mouth gathers no foot.

¨ I really don’t mind getting older,

but my body is taking it badly.

¨ Cleaning is just putting stuff in

less obvious places.


An exam for R.E. asked the following

question: ‘What does a Bishop do?’

Came one answer: ‘Move

diagonally across the board.’


A man went to his doctor

to say that his eyesight was

getting worse. The doctor

asked the man to look out the

window and to tell him what he saw.

“I see the sun,” the man replied.

The doctor replied: “Just how much

farther do you want to see?”

Chain vicars

If you are unhappy with our vicar,

simply have our churchwarden send

a copy of this letter to six other

churches who are also tired of their


Then bundle up our vicar and send

him to the church on the top of the list

in the letter. Within a week you will

receive 16,435 vicars and one of them

should be all right!

Have faith in this chain letter for

vicars. Do not break the chain. One

church did – and got their old vicar


(From a Salisbury Theological College


Pray with grannie

A small boy went to church with his

grandmother and joined her when she

quietly slipped off the pew to kneel

and pray. He even copied her

example of burying her face in her

hands. But after a few seconds his

curiosity got the better of him. “Who

are we hiding from, grannie?”

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The Mighty Yew

This month, Michael Blencowe of

Sussex Wildlife Trust writes about the

yew and its connection with



alm Sunday commemorates

Jesus’ famed donkey ride into


Recreating that palm


journey in Britain

has been botanically

challenging, since

palm trees don’t

grow in our climate.

Instead, churches

gathered sprigs of

native yew to

provide the ceremonial décor and in

some areas, the Sunday before Easter

became known as Yew Sunday. And

that’s why every churchyard has a


Well, actually the yew’s

churchyard connection is because

yews are evergreen and can

miraculously regrow from a dead

stump. The trees were planted as a

symbol of everlasting life and a

reminder of the Easter resurrection.

But, hold up; how come over 500

churchyard yews in England and

Wales are older than their churches?

It must mean that the yews

themselves were pagan places of

worship and the churches were built

around them. Or they were planted

on the graves of plague victims to

purify the dead. Or it could be

something to do with long bows. Or

keeping the waiting congregation

sheltered and dry

each Sunday.

No-one seems

sure where this

association started

but, whatever the

reason, yews look

right at home in

churchyards. Dark,

dense and

unmoving they

solemnly preside over the sad

ceremonies held underneath their

boughs and have seen generations

come and go (but mostly go). Yews

themselves deliver death and every

part of them is highly poisonous;

their leaves, their bark, their seeds.

Only the fleshy red arils around the

toxic seeds are harmless, encouraging

birds to feed on them and disperse

the poisonous cargo within. Yet death

itself does not seem to inconvenience

the yew.

Two rival British yews are

advertised as the oldest living thing

in Europe, at an alleged 5000 years

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(Continued from page 35)

old. Not many yews in Sussex can

rival these great evergreen

granddaddies. Most of our

whippersnappers are probably just a

couple of hundred years old. The

problem is it’s hard to accurately age a

yew. As they get older, their blood red

heart-wood rots, leaving them hollow

inside and without traditional growth

rings. Its heart may no longer be in it

but that won’t stop the yew from


One of the oldest yews in Sussex

can be found in Stedham churchyard

near Midhurst. It’s estimated to be a

mind-boggling 2,500 years old. Over

in Wilmington, at the foot of the Long

Man, a monstrous yew dominates the

churchyard. At a reputed age of 1600

the tree is 600 years older than the

church. Supported by wooden props

and straining against rusting chains,

it’s as if a travelling circus is exhibiting

an aging dinosaur. It’s worth a visit to


both these old timers. For me,

standing in the shadow of a plant that

is 40 times older than you is humbling

and a reminder that for us mere

humans, life is brief.

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independent charity caring for wildlife

and habitats throughout Sussex. Founded

in 1961, we have worked with local people

for over half a century to make Sussex

richer in wildlife.

We rely on the support of our

members to help protect our rich natural

heritage. Please consider supporting our

work. As a member you will be invited to

join Michael Blencowe on our regular

wildlife walks and also enjoy free events,

discounts on wildlife courses, Wildlife

magazine and our Sussex guide book,

Discovering Wildlife. It’s easy to join

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National Nest-box Week

time to help your garden birds

ur birds are short of nesting holes, and no wonder: gardens, parks and

woodland are much neater than they used to be, and modern homes

offer few crannies for nest building.

National Nest-box Week, which is celebrated from 14 th February each

year, aims to encourage us to put up more nest-boxes, and to consider

planting shrubs or trees with fruit that birds eat. These can make all the

difference to birds struggling to survive, especially blue tits, great tits, house

sparrows, robins and starlings.

The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) offers a variety of ideas for

building and placing nest-boxes. Go to

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‘Let us not become weary in doing good,

for at the proper time we will reap a harvest

if we do not give up. ‘

(Galatians 6:9)

Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, international

director Barnabas Aid, writes:


ost Christians who have

committed their lives

wholeheartedly to the Lord’s service

know what it is to become dejected,

listless and discouraged. We cease to

feel much for the things that we used

to be passionate about. We have little

empathy for the suffering, or

righteous anger about injustice.

Prayer, worship and reading

the Bible seem to be

meaningless mechanical


In modern times, an

extreme version of this state is

sometimes called by the exciting

name of ‘burn-out’. Long ago,

however, the Greek word acedia was

used, literally meaning ‘not caring’.

Such sluggishness of heart was

greatly feared by the early Christians.

Although the word does not

occur in the Bible, acedia was

considered one of the most

dangerous sins into which a believer

could fall. Even towering spiritual

heroes can be overtaken by acedia,

especially after a time of great stress,

exertion, or persecution. Elijah was

afflicted so badly at one point that he

begged to die: I have had enough, Lord.

‘Do not



Take my life; I am no better than my

ancestors. (1 Kings 19:4)

Jeremiah, worn down by mockery

and opposition to his prophetic

ministry, reached such a low that he

cursed the day he had been born

(Jeremiah 20:7-18). John the Baptist

was apparently overwhelmed with

doubts while in prison and needed

assurance that his cousin Jesus was

indeed the Messiah (Matthew 11:3).

We have all come through a

long hard year of Coronavirus.

Even if not much affected

ourselves, we were burdened

by the knowledge of rising

poverty, shrinking economies

and growing inequality across

the globe, with increasing anti-

Christian violence in many places

too. At the same time, our normal

spiritual disciplines and input were

probably disrupted by lockdown.

Perhaps some of us feel the

inertness of acedia creeping up on

us? As a new year starts, our hearts

sink and we struggle to find the

energy to keep giving of ourselves. If

so, the Bible has a message for us at

the beginning of 2021: Let us not

become weary in doing good. (Galatians


These words were written by

(Continued on page 38)

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Paul, who knew all about stress,

danger, and exhaustion. In the first

chapter of 2 Corinthians, he shares

with us very frankly about a time

when he hit rock bottom, when he

became so extremely discouraged and

his afflictions were so crushingly great

that he despaired even of life itself (2

Corinthians 1:8-9). But he goes on in the

same letter to state with determination

that: we do not lose heart. (2 Corinthians


In fact, the Greek word that Paul

uses to the Corinthians, enkakoumen,

usually translated into English along

the lines of ‘not losing heart’ or ‘not

being discouraged’, is the same word

that he uses to the Galatians, where it

is most often translated along the lines

of ‘not becoming weary’.

What is clear is that we must strive

to conquer inner discouragement,

rather than yield to it. We must not

give up seeking to walk closely with

the Lord, to hear His voice and to do

His will. We must continue to do

good, in Christ’s name. Paul goes on to

clarify what he means about doing

good: ‘As we have opportunity, let us do

good to all people, especially to those who

belong to the family of

believers.’ (Galatians 6:10)

So, we face a new year with

courage, with faith, with trust in God

and with a resolution that we will

continue to serve Him with our whole


Be still, my soul:

the hour is hast’ning on

When we shall be forever

with the Lord,

When disappointment, grief,

and fear are gone,

Sorrow forgot,

love’s purest joys restored.

Be still, my soul:

when change and tears are past,

All safe and blessed

we shall meet at last.

Katharina von Schlegel, 1697-c1768,

translation, Jane Borthwick 1813-1897

This article first appeared in the Barnabas Aid

journal and is republished with their kind


True Promises

God has not promised

Skies always blue,

Flower-strewn pathways

All our life through;

God has not promised

Sun without rain,

Joy without sorrow,

Peace without pain.

But God has promised

Strength for the day,

Rest for the labour,

Light for the way;

Grace for the trial,

Help from above,

Unfailing sympathy,

Undying love.


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Ash Wednesday

My memory of the Passover in Jerusalem

Revd Canon David Winter shares a

special memory


sh Wednesday introduces

the Christian preparation

for Easter, which normally

coincides with Passover, the

major Jewish celebration of the year.

It’s near Easter because Jesus was

crucified at Passover, having just

shared this very meal with His


Passover celebrates and recalls the

Israelites’ escape from slavery in

Egypt. Led by Moses they crossed the

Red Sea and 40 days later entered the

‘Promised Land.’ They shared the

Passover meal at their last night in

Egypt and have kept it all for nearly

the past three thousand years or so

that have followed.

Many years ago, when I was

in Jerusalem to produce a radio

programme, I was invited to join

a Jewish family for their

Passover meal. It was a great

occasion, very like our

Christmas, a family event with

deep religious significance for those

who seek it.

At the meal in Jerusalem, we ate

modest lentils and unleavened bread –

Matzos as we now call it. We also

drank plenty of wine but not from the

cup at the end of the table. That is

‘Elijah’s cup’, only to be drunk from

when the prophet comes to announce

the arrival of the Messiah. At the last

supper Jesus instructed His disciples

to drink from that cup after supper,

which may have shocked them at the

time. The Messiah had come!



Offices, including the Yapton Outreach Office, are currently

closed for face-to-face meetings. However, advisers are

available on the telephone and by webchat

Call 0344 477 1171 (from a mobile call 0300 330 0650) and we’ll see if we can

help you. We may be able solve your issue over the phone.

You can also speak to a webchat adviser or access Citizens Advice Help Pages

24 hours a day. You can also email for advice.

Arun & Chichester Citizens Advice an Advice Line - 0344 477 1171.

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13.5 x 13.5


Solutions on page 44

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Clubs, Societies & Organisations

Check with the organisers or website for meeting dates and times

Name Location When & Contact

Sonshine - Church for

people with learning


Knit & Knatter


Church Hall


Church Hall

First Sunday at 3.00 pm

Alan Doick

01243 554810

Joan Rees

01243 552961

Yapton Village

Women’s Institute

Yapton & Ford

Village Hall

Third Tuesday at 10.00 am

Maggie Brackley

07789 790706

Yapton & Ford

Community Group

Downland Art


Five Villages


Yapton & Ford Local

History Group

Village Friends

Clymping Pétanque


Yapton & Ford

Village Hall

Walberton Sports


Regular trips to

Chichester &

Bognor Regis

Yapton & Ford

Village Hall

Good neighbour


Clymping Village


every Wednesday


David Davidson

01243 552986

First Monday each month

07925 217843

U3A - Arun West various

Diary Page

As the coronavirus restrictions continue a big question mark hangs over

regular events and they may well not happen - but you never know!

We’ve left the diary page out again this month but do check with your normal

organiser if you are a regular at any of the local clubs and societies that are

featured above.

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8 Interrogated (Acts 12:19) (5-8)

9 ‘Burn it in a wood fire on the — heap’ (Leviticus 4:12) (3)

10 Tobit, Judith, Baruch and the books of Esdras and the Maccabees are

part of it (9)

11 Science fiction (abbrev.) (3-2)

13 Triangle Clay pit (anag.) - February (7) 2021 Page 42


16 Went to (John 4:46) (7)

19 ‘Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to — your

bodies as living sacrifices’ (Romans 12:1) (5)

22 David’s plea to God concerning those referred to in 14 Down: ‘On —

— let them escape’ (Psalm 56:7) (2,7)

24 Royal Automobile Club (1,1,1) 25 How the book of Ezekiel refers to

God more than 200 times (Ezekiel 2:4) (9,4)


1 Seas (Proverbs 8:24) (6)

2 One of the sons of Eli the priest, killed in battle by the Philistines

(1 Samuel 4:11) (6)

3 Specialist in the study of the Muslim religion (8)

4 ‘Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but — him as if he were your

father’ (1 Timothy 5:1) (6)

5 One of Esau’s grandsons (Genesis 36:11) (4)

6 Taking a chance (colloq.) (2,4)

7 God’s instructions to the Israelites concerning grain offerings: ’ — salt

to — your offerings’ (Leviticus 2:13) (3,3)

12 Confederation of British Industry (1,1,1)

14 ‘All day long they twist my words; they are always — to harm

me’ (Psalm 56:5) (8)

15 The crowd’s reaction to Jesus bringing back to life a widow’s son in

Nain (Luke 7:16) (3)

16 Disappear (Psalm 104:35) (6)

17 How Jeremiah was likely to die if he wasn’t rescued from the cistern

where he was imprisoned (Jeremiah 38:9) (6)

18 What the prophets do to a wall, with whitewash

(Ezekiel 13:10, RSV) (4,2)

20 Made by a plough (Job 39:10) (6)

21 Noah was relieved when the flood waters continued to —

(Genesis 8:5) (6)

23 Jesus gave the Twelve the power and authority to do this to diseases

(Luke 9:1) (4)

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Sudoku Solutions



8.8 x 8.8

Crossword Answers


8, Cross-examined. 9, Ash. 10, Apocrypha. 11, Sci-fi. 13, Typical. 16, Visited.

19, Offer. 22, No account. 24, RAC. 25, Sovereign Lord.


1, Oceans. 2, Hophni. 3, Islamist. 4, Exhort. 5, Omar. 6, On spec. 7, Add all. 12,

CBI. 14, Plotting. 15, Awe. 16, Vanish. 17, Starve. 18, Daub it. 20, Furrow.

21, Recede. 23, Cure.


If you have any questions about adult or child safeguarding

matters please contact one of our Safeguarding Officers in the

first instance for more help and information.

ª Alan Doick 07522 605457

(Adults, Lead for Benefice)

ª Esther Hunt 07773 095068

(Children, Lead for Benefice)

ª Maggie Berney 07940 449328

(Children - in training)

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Sources & resources

Unless an article is specifically

acknowledged with a name, then the

source of miscellaneous articles will

usually be usually followed with one of

the following ‘codes’:

¨ PP - Parish Pump.

¨ LICC - London Institute for

Contemporary Christianity

¨ BS - Bible Society

¨ ACE - The Association for Church


Articles from these sources are © cleared

and used with permission.

Parochial Church Council


The PCC meetings for Clymping and

Yapton with Ford are held bi-monthly as

announced on our church notice boards.

‘Condensed’ reports of the meetings are

generally available in church. Questions

about the PCC meetings should be

directed to Sue Fitzgerald in the first

instance. Sue’s is secretary to our two

PCCs and her contact details can be

found on page 50.

Clymping Village Hall

Large Hall with Stage, Kitchen & Bar

facilities, Disabled Facilities

and a Playing Field.

Suitable for Parties, Receptions, Clubs,

Meetings, Activities

For more details, Google:

‘Clymping Village Hall’

Enquiries & Bookings: 01903 725311


Clymping Church Hall

Function Rooms

Suitable for Receptions, Parties,

Conferences, Clubs, Group Activities,

Staff Meetings

Seating capacity for 80 people.

Excellent facilities including:

disabled access, baby changer, AED,

upgraded kitchen,

crockery and cutlery available, if

required, for hall use.

Large outside grass area available for


For enquiries and bookings contact

Chris Keeling - 01243 585584

Yapton & Ford Village Hall

Community Facilities for Hire

This excellent modern building has three

halls of varying sizes and a fully

equipped kitchen (including cooker and


The Large Hall has a stage, sound

system, bar and kitchen and is ideal for

parties, weddings, clubs and large


The halls, hireable separately, offer

opportunities for all sorts of functions and

activities, large or small, at very competitive

rates - crockery, cutlery, heating and

electricity are included

For enquiries and bookings contact

Mandy Keet

01243 553494 or 07940 325844

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Church Office - Yapton and Ford Village Hall

Mrs Kathy Draper


Please see the

notice on page


Opening hours: 9.30 a.m. - 12.15 p.m.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

t: 01243 553653 (answer phone at other times)


Correspondence should be addressed to

The Church Office, c/o The Rectory, St Mary’s Meadow,

Yapton, Arundel BN18 0EE.

Benefice website



PCC Secretary - Clymping PCC and Yapton with Ford PCC

Mrs Sue Fitzgerald, 01243 584733

Data Compliance Officer - Nigel Smeeth, 01243 552821

Safeguarding - Details of our safeguarding officers can be found on page 46


Parish Council


Clerk: Val Knight, 33 The Ridings, East Preston,

Littlehampton, BN16 2TW. T:01903 771922.

E: W:

Yapton Parish


Ford Parish




Support Officer

Clerk: Andrew Gardiner, 38 Ruskin Avenue,

Bognor Regis, PO21 5BW

T: 01243 859141, E:

W: Office Hours, Yapton & Ford Village Hall, Mon,

Wed, Thurs, 9.30 am - 12.30 pm

Clerk: Carol Hatton, Yapton and Ford Village Hall, Main Road, Yapton,

Arundel, BN18 0ET. T: 07908 571164 .

E: W:

There are now four PCSOs covering all of the Littlehampton area. The

Yapton area PCSO is Caroline Wilson. If you need to contact the police

for non-emergencies or local issues, then call 101 (fixed charge of 15p) or


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Ministry Team


Revd Richard Hayes (Rector), 01243 552962, Day off is Friday

The Rectory, St Mary’s Meadow, Yapton, Arundel, BN18 0EE.

Clergy with permission to officiate

Revd John Ironside, 01903 722884 Revd Ron Johnson, 01903 732210

Revd Bill Garlick, 01903 883698 Rev Derek Goddard, 01243 555843

Revd Pam Swadling (Deacon), 01243 820154


Mrs Liz Peart, 01243 583078, Mr John Stirland, 01243 554890,

Mr Martin Draper 01243 553653



Chris King - 01243 586963 Kevin Swadling - 01243 820154


Wendy King 01243 586963


Mr Colin Morris, 23 West Close, Middleton-on-Sea, PO22 7RP. 01243 584274

Organist & Choirmaster

Mr Peter Nunn, 01903 782552

Messy Church

Messy Church, for all ages. Contact the Rector for more information

Women’s Guild - 2 nd and 4 th Wednesday of each month

Mrs Joan Rees 01243 552961

Yapton with Ford


Rupert Head

Mrs Bex Holden 07846 135221

Verger - Yapton

Verger - Ford

Mr Chris Weymouth - 01243 551887 Mr David Donovan - 01903 726006

Treasurer - Mrs Annemarie Doick- 01243 554810


Yapton Choir, Mrs Pam Pyle, 01243 553592, Choir practice, Thursday 6.30 p.m.

Ford Choir, Mrs Eileen Keough, 01243 552577, Choir practice - see Diary page

Sunday School - 1 st & 3 rd Sundays in term time

Esther Hunt 07773 095068 Amy Morrissey 01243 553552

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Part of the ‘Old Way’

Pilgrim’s Route.

Summerhouse Hill,

near Folkestone.

See the article on page 33

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