Triangle Magazine - April 2021


Triangle Magazine
April 2021 Edition
The church Magazine for the Parishes of St Mary's, Clymping and St Mary's, Yapton with St Andrew's, Ford

ISSN 2059-1659

April 2021

The church magazine for the parishes of

Clymping & Yapton with Ford

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Services for April 2021

Regular services are planned starting on Palm Sunday (28th March).

Holy Communion services will be held each week after Easter Sunday.

The, now familiar, social distancing ’rules’ will continue to apply and you

will still need to book a place by contacting Richard on 01243 552952 or

emailing him:

Palm Sunday (28 th March) Holy Communion

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

29 th March

10.30 am

30 th March

7.00 pm

31 st March

10.30 am

1 st April

7.00 pm

2 nd April

12 noon

Holy Week - there is no need to book for these services

St Mary’s, Clymping

St Mary’s, Yapton

St Andrew’s, Ford

St Mary’s, Clymping

St Mary’s Yapton

Readings and Reflections

Images and Words

Morning Prayer and Reflection

Maundy Thursday

Holy Communion

Good Friday Meditation

Stations of the Cross

Easter Sunday (4 th April) Easter Communion

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

Every Sunday - Holy Communion

(commencing 11th April)

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

Every Thursday - Holy Communion

(commencing 8 th April)

10.00 am St Andrew’s, Ford

Following the anticipated easing of restriction from 21 June, we hope to remove

the other restrictions and requirements at our regular worship gatherings.

However, government announcements may affect our planned worship. It’s still

possible that they might allow us to meet outside at Easter and sing.... although we

have no great hopes!

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From the Editor

Dear Triangle Readers


elcome to the April 2021 edition of Triangle.

Spring is here at last! The daffodils are everywhere, and

their golden trumpets herald the return of life and light and

warmth. They are good companions for us during Lent,

reminding us of the joy that lies ahead of us, both on Easter Sunday morning,

and also one day - beyond the grave.

The Covid restrictions have been very challenging but life is slowly

returning to normal; schools are back, hairdressers and shops are will open

again this month, and after our first service on Palm Sunday we’ll start to see

the beginnings of more regular services in our churches (more details can be

found on the opposite page).


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

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: Spring sunshine at Osborne House, Isle of Wight

(Editor’s collection)

Back: The organ, Exeter College, Oxford (Editor’s collection)


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 regularly for

the most up-to-date news:

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

01243 552962

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


f you have joined us in our online

worship you will have seen this in

the background. It’s a copy of a

Resurrection Icon that I decided to do

during Holy Week last year, during

that long first long down. It’s now a

bit of an ‘iconic icon’ for me,

representing so much of that period

last year.

I chose this particular image

because it represents something

the Western church tends to

leave out of the Easter

Resurrection story. It takes

us, not to Easter Day, but to

Easter Saturday. Tradition

has it that Jesus wasn’t

twiddling his thumbs,

waiting for a grand reentrance

on Sunday. Rather,

it has him going on a bit of

jaunt ‘downstairs’ to Hades,

where all the dead were.

What we can see, badly

represented by my artistic

talent, is Jesus standing on

the gates of Hades, which he has just

broken down, setting free everyone.

The power of the resurrection at work

even before Christ was physically

seen as alive, back from the dead, the

following day.

The Greek words aren’t difficult

to decipher, given it’s a resurrection


‘Christ is Risen’ it declares.

Interesting… considering that the

icon portrays


he is physically

risen. That’s so

important. The

bishop who once

said that the

resurrection is more than ‘just a

conjuring trick with bones’ is

absolutely right. It’s not to say that he

didn’t physically rise from the dead,

but, perhaps, we could say that was

only a spin off of the power at

work in the death and rising

again of God made flesh.

Christ reaches down into

the very darkest places of

human life. He enters the

experience of dying, of death

and even deeper, into the pit

of despair and destruction.

He defies those powers that

seek to determine who we

are and what we will be,

forever. He sets free the


This is a profound

mystery. It’s not to be

cheapened by simple platitudes about

health, wealth and success. It’s not a

well being mantra.

Where do we see this message being

enacted? Amongst the dead. Do they

regain extra weeks or years of life?

No! ( yes, I know there’s that bit in

the gospels… but it’s only a little


Resurrection life is not to be

(Continued on page 6)

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(Continued from page 5)

cheapened into a better life for those who are

living. It is a ‘whole of eternity’ programme that,

somehow, raises all of creation to a new order –

past, present and future – with a heavy dose of

‘now and not yet’.

We have experienced this past 12 months

that ‘… not yet’, but again we find hope and

strength from this icon’s setting. We have been

through dark times, we have lost friends and

family, and we see Christ standing in those very

places and it is in those places that he brings in

his risen glory, his hope, even as his hands and

feet show the marks of his own death.

This hope isn’t simply measured by the life we

live now, but by the mystery of his eternal love

that encompasses us now but will overwhelm

and posses us in the ‘yet to come.’

Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed, alleluia!


From our


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Margaret Jukes

Gavin Webster



Jean Hopkins

Hilary Brown

Ann Attwood

Margaret Hyde

The Editor writes:


ast month we all completed the

2021 Census. It brought back

memories from 1991 when I worked

as a ‘census enumerator’. A friend of

mine had done this job in a previous

census and persuaded me to apply,

assuring me that it was ‘money for

old rope’ - it certainly wasn’t!

My patch included parts of

Yapton, plus Bilsham Lane and Hoe

Lane. It comprised just over 200

homes and so I may well have met

some Triangle readers on my rounds.

Each home required at least three

Census Memories

visits and, armed with maps and

piles of paper, I set out to collect the

data, cycling and walking many miles

over about three weeks.

For some reason a few

households held strong anti-census

views and I do recall two very

difficult ‘cases’ on my round but, in

the main, I met some lovely people

and was occasionally welcomed into

their homes for a cup of tea and a


It was an interesting

experience - but one that I haven’t


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should we have sacrificed the economy, or us?

John Barton considers the Government’s

policy on Covid-19.


Why? Why choose this policy and


uppose the Government had not that?

chosen an entirely different policy The answer is a religious one.

for dealing with coronavirus. Instead

of building temporary hospitals and

instructing us to wash our hands,

observe social distancing, and then

locking us down, they had let the

pandemic run its course? Hundreds of

thousands of people would have died:

mainly those who were old, as well as

some younger people with preexisting

health deficiencies.

As these potential casualties were

already costing the National Health

Service much more per head than

anyone else, their (slightly) premature

deaths would have saved the

Exchequer billions and freed up

resources to improve the health and

standard of living for the rest of the

more vigorous population. Only the

fittest would have survived. Isn’t that

the law of nature?

Instead, the policy was

deliberately to sacrifice the economy.

At all costs, human beings were to be

saved, whatever their longer-term

prospects. Consequently, many

businesses have gone under,

unemployment has shot up and may

get worse when the dust clears.

Family relationships have been

curbed, children may have lost a

year’s schooling, and leisure,

Perhaps without realising why, policy

-makers chose to act as though each

human being has a value which can’t

be measured by their state of health or

wealth or status. That’s not what

‘nature’ intends. It’s what the

Christian faith demands. Everyone,

everyone without exception, is unique

and marked with God’s image.

Everyone has the potential for

adoption as a child of God. Christ died

for each one. You can’t put a price on


Some countries have this faith

ingrained in their national character.

Some do not. In some, life is cheap,

disposable and valued only by its

usefulness for production or warfare.

The fittest survive. Even then some are

sacrificed as warriors, like suicide

bombers paying the price of an


Christianity doesn’t happen by

accident. It is the outcome of

missionary activity and the conversion

of one-time unbelievers. They then

saw other people in a new light:

equally worth saving, whatever the

cost. Dreadful as it is, Covid-19 will

eventually be controlled. In its wake

will be a history of survival, not of the

fittest, but of the God-given value of

hospitality and travel have been

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Yapton Cottage Gardeners’ Society


ne cannot write the report

of the Spring Flower

Show; like all nearby

horticultural societies, such

an event was lost for the

second year to Yapton CGS.

However, there is a little bit of

light on the horizon with a partial

relaxation of the COVID-19 virus

restrictions from mid-April, and if

everyone behaves, then from June

21st, it is back to a nearly normal

version of the ‘good old days’.

This will be two days too late for

unlimited public access to the

proposed Early Summer Flower

Show set for June 19th. The Cottage

Gardeners’ committee, joining in a

computer-based conference, will

have to determine whether or not to

attempt a limited participation

within whatever coronavirus rules

are in place at the time.

The spell of chill weather

in February rather slowed

development in the garden

and in nature. At the time of

writing, daffodils have yet to

reach their floriferous best, and

grasses are slow into growth, to the

advantage of the early flowering

forms of the sweet violet, Viola

odorata, which put on a good show

on verges, lawns and parks.

This current growing season is

markedly later than in recent years.

The cherry plum, Prunus cerasifera,

did not have its peak of flowering in

mid-February, nor was forsythia

brightening gardens in mid-March.

Global warming or no, has this

year assumed a pedestrian


Concern for asylum seekers


hurch leaders from across entirely inappropriate. …residents

denominations have written an cannot be held responsible for virus

open-letter to the Home Secretary transmission rates when social

about housing for people seeking distancing is not possible.


“We are therefore calling for an

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These reflections, from one of our

congregation, will continue until




God is in the here and now

couple and their two young

boys emigrated from Israel to

Moab in order to avoid a famine.

There, the husband died but the two

boys grew up and married Moabite

women. Then both sons died, leaving

the three women grieving,

unprotected and unprovided for.

The eldest widow,

Naomi, on hearing that the

famine was over, decided to

return to Israel and told her

two daughters in law to

return to their fathers’

homes. But only one went

back. The other, Ruth, chose

to go with Naomi back to

Israel. On arrival in Bethlehem,

Naomi refused to be called by her

name and told everyone to call her

‘Mara’, meaning bitter, as she blamed

God wholeheartedly for her losses.

She said that God had afflicted her

and testified against her by letting her

husband and sons die.

Was Naomi right to blame God?

Probably not, but I’m glad that she

was able to say how she felt. So often

we say what we think we should say,

or what other people want to hear,

instead of the truth. And yet God

knows exactly what we’re thinking

and feeling.

Ruth lived with and cared for

Naomi. As she had promised Naomi

back in Moab, she accepted the Israeli

people as her own people and the God

of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as her

own God. Although she stood out as a

foreigner, she also stood out as a

person of integrity. She found work in

the fields where she met a man called

Boaz. Egged on by Naomi, a romance

followed. Marriage was on the cards,

but it was complicated because

another man stood in their


According to ancient

Israeli customs, the closest

relative to the deceased

person had the obligation to

buy back any land that had

belonged to him and marry

the widow, rescuing her

from serious difficulty. And Boaz

wasn’t the closest relative.

Instead of taking matters into his

own hands, Boaz sought out this other

relative and offered him the

opportunity to buy the land and

marry Ruth. He must have waited

with baited breath for the reply.

However, this man didn’t want to

marry Ruth so chose not to go ahead.

Thus the way was clear for Ruth

and Boaz and there would be no

‘So often we

say what we

think we

should say’

(Continued on page 13)

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Tuesday - Saturday

Connecting with Culture

Will We Ever Learn?


or the second time this academic

year, the government have

announced that schools are opening

again to all students. Parents across

the nation rejoiced, but the debate has

restarted as to the impact on children’s


Extended periods of time away

from the normal school environment

will have affected students’ learning,

particularly for the most

disadvantaged. Responsibility for

GCSE and A-Level assessment has

been returned to schools again,

fuelling uncertainty for students and

teachers alike. Words like ‘summer

school’, ‘additional funding’, and

(worst of all) ‘catching up’ are being

batted back and forth like some kind

of verbal tennis match.

As a teacher, I can’t help but feel

like my students are the ball in this

analogy. They’ve been bounced from

school to home to school again with

no particular control over where they

go or what they get to do. And all the

while, they’ve been listening to a

narrative that tells them they have

fallen behind. I worry that my

students have lost confidence in


This is a far greater challenge to

deal with than catching up on missed

lessons. How can we get our students

to believe they are going to be okay?

Do we even believe it ourselves?

The return to school signals

change and uncertainty for everyone.

We hope that we will be able to

resume ‘normal life’ by the summer,

but holding onto faith that we’ll

recover feels like self-delusion.

(Continued on page 15)

(God is in the here and now -

Continued from page 11)

regrets or guilt over it. This is such an

important principle for life. If we gain

something by being underhand, can

we really enjoy it? Don’t the feelings

of guilt and shame spoil the very thing

we gained?

Naomi had come full circle.

Perhaps she was now able to release

her bitterness towards God and realise

that He had been with her the whole

time. She had a home, a wonderful

daughter in law and after the

marriage, a grandson.

I think God approved of the way

Ruth and Boaz conducted themselves.

They called their son Obed and he had

a son called Jesse, and Jesse was the

father of king David.

Another ‘reflection’ next month.

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Walking & talking

Revd Tony Horsfall considers the

benefits of walking and talking.


uring the pandemic, I have

enjoyed walking. In many

ways, getting out daily for a good

walk has not only helped me

physically, but also bolstered my

mental well-being. Often, I have

arranged to walk with a friend, and

we have enjoyed good conversation

and fellowship.

Today I was walking alone, and I

noticed it seemed further and to take

longer. When you are walking and

talking, you hardly notice the

distance or the time. I am not usually

able to think much when I am

walking alone, but today the

reminder came into my head of a

saying: ‘If you want to go fast, go

alone. If you want to go far, go


It made me thankful for all the

friends who have encouraged me

this year and helped me to keep

going. We can walk alone, and

sometimes that’s a good thing; but it

is easier to be able to walk through

life with others.

Who has walked with you this

year? Do they know that you

appreciate their companionship on

the journey?


(Connecting with Culture - continued

from page 13)

My Christian faith is a bedrock in

times like these. In Psalm 33, David

talks about the ‘unfailing love’ of God

(v5). It’s strangely hard to accept,

being loved without needing to prove

anything (be it to parents or teachers).

Knowing that whatever happens,

God’s love is unconditional and will

be with us every step of the way. This

constancy kindles peace as I navigate

‘unprecedented’ situations – life feels

unexpected, but God is not.

I can’t tell my students they’re

going to ‘catch up’. Who knows if

we’ll settle into our ‘new normal’ and

pick up where we left off. But in

God’s unfailing love I am completely

certain. It’s this certainty I want my

students to feel as they come back into

my classroom. Modelling the

constancy of that love, channelling it

from God, may allow students,

parents, and colleagues alike to find

the same sense of peace and security

that I have.

Kate Hollins

Kate is a secondary school French

teacher, and lives in Nottingham.

© The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.

Used with their kind permission

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St James the Least of All

On the best way to run a church council meeting

My dear Darren


hank you for inviting me to

speak at your church council

yesterday. I began to suspect that my

theme of why Eusebius’s dislike of

Sabellianism led to his condemnation

at the Council of Antioch in 324 was a

little misjudged, when the only

question I was asked after my lecture

was if Eusebius was on Facebook.

I never realised how much

technology is needed these days just

to discuss church matters. It seemed

that everyone had brought their

laptop, so they could refer to all the

diocesan briefing documents and

reports that you mentioned. I’ve been

in the diocese 40 years and have

never heard of most of those papers.

But then I find it too easy to delete the

diocesan mailings, unread, with a

click of my mouse.

Our church meetings are far more

traditional. Since the church floor

seems to have been carved out of

permafrost, our meetings circulate

round members’ houses. This

introduces a nice element of

competition, as each host tries to

outdo the previous one in the baking

of cakes. Meetings at Colonel

Drinkwater’s – a more inappropriate

name one cannot imagine – are the

shortest, since we are always

promised wine once the

meeting is over. It is

remarkable how

unanimity is achieved on

every subject within

minutes, and nothing

appears under “any other business”.

Mrs Eddington never troubles us

with minutes, largely because she can

rarely read the notes she takes. She

just shares with us whatever she can

decipher at our next meeting. Last

month, she accidentally brought her

shopping list instead, and so read that

out. There followed a lively

discussion on whether carrots from

our local shop were better than those

at the supermarket. When it was

found out she intended to use them in

a venison casserole, endless recipes

were keenly debated.

We always leave our church

meetings well fed, up to date with

village gossip, and totally untroubled

by any church council business. And

the lack of any minutes ensures that I

can then make all the decisions

myself, between meetings. I think you

will find our system has much to be


Your loving uncle,


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100 years of the PCC


t’s a hundred years since parish

churches gained the power to run

their own affairs, separately from

what we now regard as local


The religious affairs of a parish,

as well as its secular business had

been controlled by a single

committee, which met in the church

and was known as the

‘Vestry’. Then, in 1894,

Parish Councils were

formed to deal with secular

matters; the Vestry

continued to oversee church

affairs until 1921, when

Parochial Church Councils

(PCC) were established. People still

get confused by the two.

Churchwardens have been

around since the 13th Century and

legally ‘own’ the movable contents of

the church. They are meant to

maintain order in the church and

churchyard, with the assistance of

their staves, if necessary. In the event

of serious disorder today, a mobile

phone might be a safer instrument,

with staves reserved for ceremonial

occasions! Churchwardens are now

chosen by parishioners, though our

Rector has a limited right of veto.

Today, anyone on the Electoral

Roll of the church (sorry, this is

another confusion, for the secular

Electoral Roll is entirely separate) can

attend the Annual Parochial Church

Meeting, which elects the PCC. Our

Rector is an ex officio member, as are

other licensed clergy and

Churchwardens, members of the

Deanery Synod, plus any member of

the Diocesan Synod and General

Synod who lives in the parish or is on

the Roll. Our Rector chairs the PCC,

which elects a Vice-Chair and

appoints a Standing

Committee to transact

business between meetings.

The purpose of a PCC,

which must meet at least

four times a year, is to

consult together with our

Rector “on matters of

general concern and importance to

the parish”, and that includes the

“whole mission of the Church”. Did

you know that changes to the forms

of service, or the vesture or the

minister, can only happen after


Inevitably, money and building

maintenance take up a lot of room on

the Agenda, though we all know they

are less important than mission. It’s a

real challenge for every PCC member

to pray for non-churchgoing

parishioners and to find imaginative

ways of introducing them to Christ

and His Church.

If you’ve got this far and are a

member of your PCC -

congratulations - you are a hundred

years old this year!

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Reflected Faith:

with all your soul, strength and mind

The Revd Dr Jo White continues

her Reflected Faith series with

what it can really mean to ‘wait.’


his month I’m thinking

about what we are all ‘doing’ in

times of ‘waiting’. It’s very easy to

just sit quietly and let the time pass

by or just fill it in. Not exactly

wasting time, but not using it for any

useful purpose either.

But as Christians we live in

expectation all the time, don’t we?

We live in the hope and promise of

Christ’s return – even though we

don’t know the ‘when’ or the


Of course, there’s waiting and

there’s waiting. I won’t say I’m the

most patient person I know! If the

internet goes down or something

mechanical takes a few seconds too

long to process, you can often hear

me chuntering. But there are other

times when the waiting itself is

precious. I’m thinking this month of

when we receive the bread and wine

at the distribution of Holy


Perhaps you have avoided

church since the original lockdown

in March, or been going but not

receiving communion, or indeed you

have been participating with an

online service with your own

equivalents at home. Whichever it is

for you, cast your mind back

to when you were last in that

position – or indeed look

forward to when we are all

able to gather together again

and we ‘queue’ to approach the altar.

Actually, we don’t ‘queue’. We

‘process’ to the altar. We join the

procession – a line of like-minded

people with a similar intention to

receive Christ. A time of physical

movement and spiritual anticipation

for holding those elements of Christ

Himself: God being placed into our

hands. How amazing is that!

This month: What do you think about

when you are processing and waiting for

Holy Communion? Are you conscious of

those around you or immersed in the

moment? Do you pray quietly to

yourself, join in with the singing or let

your mind focus on the moment?

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according to an estimate from the

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Hymn of the Month

O God you search me and you know me


e’ve been singing this hymn at

Clymping since 2010. It’s not in

Common Praise so we’ve used leaflets,

but it is in Hymns Old and New and is

based on the first part of Psalm 139.

We started off this series with ‘O

God our help in ages past’ a version

of the first part of Psalm 90, and I

hope to return to look at other hymn

versions of psalms many of which

seem to be appropriate in our present

unusual circumstances.

‘O God our help’ dates back to

Isaac Watts and the 18th century, but

our hymn this month is by a

contemporary hymn writer and was

written in 1992.

It isn’t exactly a metrical psalm

but the text sticks very closely to the

words and ideas of the psalm. This is

the New International Version and it’s

interesting to compare with the words

of the hymn.

You have searched me, Lord, and you

know me.

You know when I sit and when I rise;

you perceive my thoughts from afar.

You discern my going out and my lying

down; you are familiar with all my ways.

Before a word is on my tongue you,

Lord, know it completely.

You hem me in behind and before, and

you lay your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit? where

can I flee from your presence?

If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if

I make my bed in the depths, you are


If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I

settle on the far side of the sea,

even there your hand will guide me,

your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide

me, and the light become night around


Even the darkness will not be dark to

you; the night will shine like the day, for

darkness is as light to you.

For you created my inmost being; you

knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and

wonderfully made; your works are

wonderful, I know that full well. . .

When I awake, I am still with you.

Although we talk of ‘our Father in

heaven’, he is the God of all creation.

He fills every part of it with his

presence and there is literally

nowhere where God is not. The psalm

shows a confident awareness of God’s

presence in all aspects and

circumstances of life. He knows all

our movements and our innermost

thoughts. Before we speak, he knows

what we are going to say. How can

we possibly understand that he can be

both before us and behind us and his

hand resting upon us? The psalmist

makes a number of propositions – just

suppose I fly above the clouds, would

you be there? If I go down to the

deepest part of the earth, would you

be there? What about if I flew with the

(Continued on page 22)

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(continued from page 21)

early morning sun and settled on

distant shores? Surely I could be

hidden from you by darkness, but no,

darkness is the same as light to you.

He goes on to consider the

beginnings of life with God knowing

us from the time we were in our

mother’s womb and gasps in

amazement ‘I am fearfully and

wonderfully made’. Lost in wonder at

God’s creation, he cannot understand

it but has to conclude that he is safe in

God’s hands. Knowing that God is

everywhere isn’t scary, but

reassuring: that no matter what our

circumstances, we are loved and held

in God’s care. The hymn skilfully

selects phrases from the psalm, turns

them into verse and comes up with

the same conclusion.

It was written by Bernadette

Farrell who was born in March 1957

at Altofts, near Wakefield in West

Yorkshire. Both her parents’ families

are Irish, Roman Catholic on her

father’s side and Protestant on her

mother’s. From an early age she

explored different churches and went

on to study music and theology at

King’s College, London and then to

the Guildhall School of Music. While

she was a student at college, she

worked out different liturgies for

people with a wide range of


She taught music in adult

education and in schools and

churches and was appointed adviser

to the Westminster and Southwark

R.C. dioceses. It wasn’t long before

she was running workshops and

seminars both in the UK and USA.

She was a founder member of the

musicians in the St Thomas More

Group and the Music in Worship

Foundation and has always been very

enthusiastic about providing

opportunities for children’s

participation in worship activities,

producing a number of books and


‘O God you search me’ was

inspired by her involvement with the

liturgy and music of the National

Retreat Association conference in

1992, which was the first time that it

was held in the British Isles and was

shared by Christians of all traditions.

Not only has she written the words,

but also the tune.

The other hymn of hers that we

sing begins ‘Longing for light, we

walk in darkness’, which has the


Christ be our light, shine in our hearts,

shine through the darkness.

Christ be our light, shine in your church

gathered today.

For the past few years, we have sung

it at our Benefice Advent Sunday

service as well at various times

throughout the year when ‘light’ is

the theme of the worship.

Peter Nunn

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2. You know my resting and my rising.

You discern my purpose from afar.

And with love everlasting you besiege me:

in ev’ry moment of life and death, you are.

3. Before a word is on my tongue, Lord,

you have known its meaning through and through.

You are with me, beyond my understanding:

God of my present, my past and future too.

4. Although your Spirit is upon me,

still I search for shelter from your light.

There is nowhere on earth I can escape you:

even the darkness is radiant in your sight.

5. For you created me and shaped me,

gave me life within my mother’s womb.

For the wonder of who I am, I praise you:

safe in your hands, all creation is made new.

© Copyright 1992 Bernadette Farrell. Published by OCP-Publications All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Being part of a community with a church at its centre and singing hymns

is a great thing to do. Vivienne Westwood

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Intercessions for the month

Let us bring to God in prayer…

Thu 1st


Maundy Thursday. Celebrate the presence of Jesus in Holy


2nd Good Friday. Give us Grace to offer our own pain and problems in

prayer with the crucified Christ

Sat 3rd May the departed rest in peace and rise with Christ in glory

Sun 4th

Easter Day. Jesus Christ is Risen today. Alleluia

Mon 5th

Bring God’s joy to our families and friends

Tue 6th

Wed 7th

Our Rector Richard and the ordained clergy in their amazing but

demanding vocation

Thank you for the creative gifts You have given us

Thu 8th

Let us pray (with the USPG) for women and girls who are living in

camps as a result of war

Fri 9th Opticians and all who care for our eyesight


10th Pray for those who are mentally ill, and for alcoholics and drug


Sun 11th Behold how good and pleasant it is to dwell together in unity

Mon 12th The organisations (such as Bible Society, Biblica and Gideon’s) and

websites making the scriptures widely available.

Tue 13th The oceanographers and other experts concerned with the lethal

results of pollution in the world’s seas

Wed 14th All who abuse their authority by the oppression of others

Thu 15th Help us Lord, to live with gratitude and open-hearted generosity

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16th The Prayer Book Society and their chairman, Bradley Smith

Sat 17th For boys and men, that they may be valued in the fellowship of


Sun 18th Know that the Lord has shown me His marvellous kindness; when I

call upon the Lord He will hear me

Mon 19th Thank God for the dedication of all working in the health services,

especially in the difficult pandemic

Tue 20th Musicians in churches and elsewhere, those who teach and study

music, and the Regis School of Music

Wed 21st Be still in the presence of the Lord

Thu 22nd Help us when we hold onto things or ideas beyond their time because

we are afraid that if we let go there will be nothing to replace


Fri 23rd St George. All who serve in the armed forces and those who risk

their lives to keep us safe

Sat 24th Everyone who is grieving, or watching with the dying

Sun 25th Surely goodness and loving mercy shall follow me all the days of

my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever

Mon 26th St Mark. Thank you for the Gospels

Tue 27th Rejoice in the beauty of flowers, growing in our gardens churchyards,

and wild flowers

Wed 28th For our Religious Orders, may we be grateful for their ministry of

prayer and care

Thu 29th Everyone seeking employment, especially those who will need to

accept working in a new and different occupation

Fri 30th RSPCA week. For the veterinary services and for working and pet


Prayers & Intercessions pages

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Chocolate – food of the gods!


he botanical name for the

cocoa bean is Theobroma

– which means ‘food of the

gods.’ Millions of us

obviously agree – half a

million tons of it are

consumed in Britain each

year alone.

Chocolate makes us feel

better. The chemicals it

contains trigger the release of

endorphins similar to those we

naturally produce when we fall in


But nutritionists warn against

using chocolate as a pick-me-up,

especially in the evening. Chocolate

eaten before bedtime can cause blood

glucose levels to plummet during the

night, which will disrupt your sleep.

Chocolate eaten in quantity every day

can lead to mood and energy swings,

weight gain and poor immunity. If

you have mad cravings for it, you

could have a problem with

blood sugar, or a deficiency

in magnesium, copper, zinc

or iron.

But occasional

consumption of cocoa can

provide medical benefits.

Chocolate containing 60

per cent or more cocoa

solids is rich in essential

trace elements and nutrients

such as iron, calcium and

potassium, and many vitamins.

Cocoa is also the highest natural

source of magnesium.

Good as all this may be – most of

us enjoy chocolate simply because of

its high sugar and caffeine content.

Chocolate simply gives you an instant

sugar hit, providing a sudden burst in

energy, unfortunately followed by a

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John Heaton, the Office for

National Statistics Census

Engagement Manager for

South and West of West

Sussex writes:

Census 2021

Have you completed yours?


ensus 2021 is going

into overdrive. Census

Day was on 21 March and

many people have completed their

census information. While the

majority of those have been filled in

online, post boxes were also full on

the 22nd with forms that had been

completed and returned. Our teams

are now following up households

from which we’ve not received


If you haven’t completed your

census information, dig out the letter

which you got early in March. If

you’ve lost it, go online at and get a replacement

access code if you want to fill it in

online. If you need a paper copy, you

can get one of those online too. If you

don’t use the internet you can ring the

census on 0800 141 2021 and they will

be able to order you a paper form.

They will also be able to answer your

questions and you can complete your

census form on the phone too.

Do ask friends or family for help

if that would be the easiest way to fill

in your census form. They may be

able to go online for you to order a

paper form and they might

also access the guidance

on the website to help

answer your questions.

Census Field

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about chasing-up

households where census

forms are outstanding. They

will have replacement household

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able to answer your questions, but

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The Office for National Statistics

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from the census will be available in

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Garden Tips from Alan Doick

{ Cover the soil with polythene or

cloches to warm up the soil for

spring sowing.

{ If you haven’t yet ordered/been

to the garden centre, then do so

now for your seeds and young


{ You can order young plants from

catalogues for later delivery.

{ Buy labels if you haven’t enough

left over from last year.

{ If you can, heat your greenhouse

to keep it frost free, then you can

sow some seeds of some salad

crops and flowers now.

{ Insulate frames and greenhouses

now to keep out the cold.

{ You can now start to ‘chit’ (start

your potatoes sprouting) in a

frost-free place.

{ Finish the rough digging of your

vegetable garden which will

allow the frost to penetrate to kill

any bugs. At the same time

incorporate manure/compost as

available. This will also allow for

better drainage and for the

weather to break the soil down,

making it more friable.

{ Take cuttings of chrysanthemums


{ Some bulbs will be flowering; to

prevent any slug damage place

some pellets around.

{ Check whether

over wintered

plants in the

frame or

glasshouse need water.

{ Prune late flowering Clematis,

and any other shrubs and trees as


{ Don’t prune spring flowering

plants now as you will cut off the

flowers which will be out shortly!

{ If there is a mild period, then

pruning of roses can take place.

{ Complete pruning of apples and

pears and ‘winter wash’ to kill off

any over wintering bugs in the


{ If the soil is frost/snow free, plant

flowering trees, shrubs and fruit.

{ Before any plants are in full

growth apply a preservative to

wooden trellis and fences and

repair as necessary.

Garden Quotes

A society grows great when old men

plant trees whose shade they know

they shall never sit in.

Greek proverb

Gardening is learning, learning,

learning. That’s the fun of them.

You’re always learning.

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Thank God for


ere is something gruesome: last

year the sale of DIY dentistry

first aid kits nearly doubled. People

actually attempted to give themselves

lost fillings, caps and crowns.

Most popular were products that

offered ‘long-lasting’ temporary

repair for caps and fillings, and a first

aid kit.

The British Dental Association

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lockdown, there were 20 million

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year than in 2019. That left some

people desperate.

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his month Lowri Evans

tempts us with a

delicious Honey & Ginger


Ingredients for the cake:

¨ 200g local honey

¨ 85g butter

¨ 240g plain flour

¨ 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

¨ Pinch of salt

¨ 2 teaspoons of ground ginger

¨ 115g glace cherries, washed, dried

and rolled in a little flour (this

stops them sinking in the cake)

¨ 3 eggs

¨ 3 tbsp whole milk

To decorate:

¨ 60g butter

¨ 115g cream cheese

¨ 260g icing sugar

¨ 1 tsp vanilla extract

¨ Edible flowers from your garden;

herb flowers work really well

(thyme, chive etc.), violas and

lavender look beautiful too.


1. Preheat oven to 140C fan (160 for

non-fan ovens).

2. Warm the honey in a saucepan,

add the butter and stir gently

until combined. Take off the heat

and allow it to cool a little.

3. Mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda,

salt and ginger in a large bowl.

Recipe Page

4. Beat the eggs and milk

together, then whisk into the

honey mixture.

5. Pour the honey mixture

into the bowl with the dry

ingredients, a little at a time

and mixing as you go.

6. Tip the cherries in last.

7. Pour into a greased and

lined 8-inch square cake tin

and bake for 1 ¼ to 1½ hours,

until firm to the touch, covering

the top with kitchen foil if it

appears to be browning too


8. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes then

turn out onto a wire rack and

leave to cool completely.

9. Beat softened butter, cream

cheese, powdered sugar and

vanilla extract until creamy.

10. Spread onto the top of your cake,

leaving pretty swirls.

11. Decorate with edible flowers as


Cooking Quote

Cooking is like painting or writing a

song. Just as there are only so many

notes or colours, there are only so

many flavours — it’s how you

combine them that sets you apart.

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Gigglebox - laughter is good for you!

J Lot’s wife - A father was reading

Bible stories to his young son.

‘The man named Lot was warned

to take his wife and flee out of the

city, but his wife looked back and

was turned into a pillar of salt.’

His son looked up, concerned.

‘What happened to the flea?’

J If you think nobody cares

whether you’re alive or dead, try

missing a couple of mortgage


J In order to keep a true

perspective of one’s importance,

everyone should have a dog to

worship him and a cat to ignore


J The trouble with doing something

right the first time is that nobody

appreciates how difficult it was.

J This being Easter Sunday, we will

ask Mrs Brown, our church

warden, to come forward and lay

an egg on the altar.

J The nice thing about becoming

forgetful is that you can hide your

own Easter eggs.

J Expensive boat - A vicar was

planning an Easter pilgrimage to

the Holy Land, and was aghast

when she found it would cost her

£50 an hour to rent a boat on the

Sea of Galilee. She protested to

the travel agent that the cost was

ridiculous. ‘That might be true,’

replied the travel

agent, ‘but you

have to take into

account that the Sea

of Galilee is water on

which our Lord

himself walked.’

‘Well, at £50 an hour for a boat,’

she replied, ‘I am not surprised!’

J A woman was found guilty in

traffic court and when asked for

her occupation she said she was a

schoolteacher. The judge rose

from the bench. ‘Madam, I have

waited years for a schoolteacher

to appear before this court.’ He

then smiled with delight. ‘Now sit

down at that table and write “I

will not run a red light” one

hundred times.’

J Dear Lord, please keep your arm

around my shoulder -- and your

hand over my mouth.

J True story - My curate friend had

to preach his first-ever Easter

sermon, and was very nervous

about it. However, he prepared

hard, and when Easter day came,

he strode into the pulpit and

thundered through his sermon,

only to crash at the closing line.

He pounded the pulpit and

shouted: “ is all true! Jesus

rose...and then He died again!


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When “I” is

replaced by

“we” even

illness becomes


Malcolm Little


Spring has arrived with

armfuls of blossom,

Petals of every colour and hue,

Rain and sun caressing the


Inspiring spring bulbs to come

into view

Now is the time of new


Giving us pleasure all season


By Megan Carter

This is an acrostic poem where the

first letter of each line spells a word.

The word is the subject of the poem.

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7. Judas Iscariot; 8. Crown of Thorns;

9. He is Risen!



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My Back Pages

This month Michael Blencowe of the

Sussex Wildlife Trust looks at natural

history books.


love old natural history books. It’s

not just the information they

contain. I love the smell, I love the

binding. For the past twelve months

I’ve avoided Covid anxieties by

burying my head in old books,

scientific papers and traveller’s

journals. I’ve been researching a book

of my own, an account of my travels

in search of what remains of the

world’s iconic extinct animals. A

journey which took me from the dark

forests of New Zealand to the ferries

of Finland and finally to an inflatable

crocodile floating on Widewater

Lagoon in Shoreham.

After spending long lockdown

nights writing at my computer it was

somewhat surreal to receive an

advance copy of my book in the post

this morning and to run my hands

over its embossed cover. I finally filed

it on my bookcase where it rubbed

shoulders, and spines, with On The

Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

and Animal Magic by Johnny Morris.

My bookshelves sag with old

natural history books. Just holding

these tomes transports me to another

time. Tucked away inside my battered

(but beloved) copy of The Butterflies of

Eastbourne (1928) by Robert Adkin is a

map, which I always unfold eagerly as

if I’ve discovered the concealed

directions to some long-lost buried

treasure. Indeed, in the book Adkin

describes bounteous butterfly riches

which could be found in the

woodlands and downland coombes

between Lewes and Eastbourne. You

can almost hear Rudyard Kipling

whisper of “something lost behind the

Ranges. Lost and waiting for you.

Go!” At the time, many young

explorers answered the call and

Adkin claimed that “almost daily

during the summer, one meets small

armies of schoolboys each armed with

a butterfly net.”

Perhaps Adkin’s eager Eastbourne

entomologist army had been inspired

by another of my favourite books. The

Outdoor World (1900) by William

Furneaux aimed to distract children

from “victimising their schoolmates”

and give them “a taste for something

(Continued on page 36)

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Hide and seek

ere’s a little puzzle sent in by Tim Bell.

Hidden in the following passage are the names of 16 books from the

Bible. There are no capital letters to help and sometimes the names string

across two words! If you really need the solution then you’ll find it on page

38. There will be another next month.

I once made a remark about the hidden books of the Bible (merely by a

fluke). It kept people looking so hard for the facts and for others it was a

revelation. Some were in a jam, especially since the name of the books were

not capitalized, but the truth finally struck home to numbers of readers. To

others it was a real job. We want it to be a most fascinating few moments for

you. Yes, there will be some really easy ones to spot. Others may require

judges to help them. I will quickly admit it usually takes a minister to find

one of them, and there will be loud lamentations when it is found. A little

lady says she brews a cup of tea so she can concentrate better. See how well

you can compete. Relax now.

(Sussex Wildlife Trust - Continued

from page 35)

better.” Back in 1900, it seems pinning

butterflies and collecting birds’ eggs

fell into the “something better”

category. Furneaux encouraged

young naturalists to make “killing

bottles” in which they could dispatch

butterflies, and instructed children to

ask the local chemist for some

cyanide. The chemist will, Furneaux

assures you, sell you cyanide if “he is

satisfied with your intentions.”

Although it all sounds rather macabre

now, this popular book went on to

inspire a generation of young

naturalists (and probably one or two

aspiring Dr Crippens). Back on my

bookshelf, I look at my book and

wonder if — in 100 years from now —

my own story will seem as distant

and ridiculous as a world where

schoolboys wielded butterfly nets and

10-year-olds could pop to the chemist

to buy deadly


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Please consider supporting our work. As a

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Once Upon a Time...

... In a garden graveyard

A Tale of Arrie


’ll have two-weeks leave soon,

between the posting here and the

next one in the Rhineland. At least

there’ll be some action there, it’s been

totally boring here, parades and

routine crucifixions, no decent

occupation for a trained soldier. But I

will have an interesting event to tell

my parents about, and some

unexpected money for them to invest

for me.

My Legion are in Jerusalem to

maintain the peace during another

Jewish religious festival. Don’t know

why the people here can’t just enjoy

their religion, like they do in other

parts of the empire. Bit of unrest over

the last week, nothing serious. I

wasn’t even needed for the execution

squad but was not pleased when I

was told to report for night duty. Me

and my mates were disgusted that we

were required to guard the tomb of

one of the crucified men. Trained

military - babysitting a dead Jew!

The tomb was the usual type

here, a cave in a disused quarry. The

entrance was blocked and sealed; it

took four hefty slaves to put the

boulder in place - that should have

been security enough. Orders are

orders though, so we settled down to

pass the night playing dice. We’d

taken slow burning torches and a few

beers (not approved, but not

forbidden either). We got rather

drowsy, didn’t worry about it, if the

boulder was moved it would make

plenty of noise and we’d jump into

action - well, the threat of action


It wasn’t noise that alarmed us,

but the ground moving. Maybe the

old quarry mine supports gave way.

But it caused the entrance of the tomb

to suddenly be opened. An enormous

shining presence was there, we all

touched our personal lucky talismans

hoping for help from the god Mars.

The only help we got was to be

unable to move until daybreak - and

the tomb was empty. There was a

Man by the gardener’s shed, I

suppose He’d come to start the day’s

work. Gardeners are usually bent old

men, but this one seemed taller and

much younger, moving quickly along

a path. But my eyesight was still

affected, and He was too far away for

me to see properly.

As you can imagine, giving our

report to the centurion was not a

happy experience. Another surprise

though - a delegation of Jews turned

up and paid for us to say that we’d

been asleep on duty and that the

dead Man in the tomb had been

removed by His friends. We were

assured that the Jewish authorities

(Continued on page 38)

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(A Tale of Arrie

Continued from page 37)

would see that we didn’t get into

trouble with the Governor. The

centurion took his cut, of course, and

promised to back us up.

There’s something about all this

that I’ll have to tell my parents and

friends at home. You have to admire

the woman who had come to the

graveyard just before dawn, we didn’t

hassle her. As we left, she seemed to

be talking to the gardener, so we left

her with Him. ‘Arrie, my lad,’ I

thought, ‘maybe something will be

changed and I’ll help by telling others

about it. Perhaps the Unknown God

will become the Known God.’

Gilene Oekhue

Bible references

Matthew 27: 62-67

Matthew 28: 11-15

Hidden Books solution

I once made a remark about the

hidden books of the Bible (merely by

a fluke). It kept people looking so

hard for the facts and for others it

was a revelation. Some were in

a jam, especially since the name of

the books were not capitalized, but

the truth finally struck home

to numbers of readers. To others it

was a real job. We want it to be

a most fascinating few moments for

you. Yes, there will be some really

easy ones to spot. Others may

require judges to help them. I will

quickly admit it usually takes a

minister to find one of them, and

there will be oud lamentations when

it is found. A little lady says

she brews a cup of tea so she can

concentrate better. See how well you

can compete. Relax now. There

really are sixteen names of books in

this story.



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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Rebuilding lives with a Jersey cow


ack in 2019, the Yapton & Ford

Alternative Christmas Card

raised sufficient money to ‘Send a

Cow’. There is now enough breeding

stock in Africa so that the expensive

business of shipping cattle out there is

no longer a priority. Our donation to

the scheme is paying for the upkeep of

Yapton Belle which will be used as a

brood cow and will hopefully produce

some bull calves which, in due course,

will provide semen to be shipped to

Africa to ensure the blood line is

maintained. Watch this space – you

can’t hurry these things!

The Jersey breed’s successful milkyielding

characteristics, including a

high nutritional value, ease of calving,

and an ability to adapt to extreme

climates, has helped to rebuild

Rwanda’s dairy industry and

Rwandan farmers have been able to

turn poverty into profit.

Here are three stories to show how

Send a Cow has transformed lives in


W Libertha Uwantege lost her husband

in the Rwandan genocide. “Before

1994, women in Rwandan society

were not considered useful people,”

she said. “After the genocide I

decided I was going to work hard to

show people even women can

improve the lives of families.”

Libertha previously farmed three

Friesian cows but calves frequently

died. She now has four Jersey cows

and two cross-breed Jersey/Friesian


W Clarisse Nyinawumuntu also lost her

husband in the 1994 killings. She

trained as a paravet through the

Send a Cow charity and is now one

of three female experts who support

farmers rearing the Jersey cow. “I see

less health problems with Jersey

cows, they are rarely sick,” she said.

“Before, when my cow fell sick, I

looked to men to treat them and

would have to pay them. Now I

know how to look after and treat my

cow which makes me feel


W Jeanette Kanyange, a widow of the

genocide, has tripled her income

through the Jersey breed. She has

two Jersey/Holstein Friesian crossbred

cows, including her oldest

called The Famous One. Jeanette is

now able to collect manure from her

cows to use on her banana

plantation . “I think that Jersey cows

are easier to look after, consume less

fodder and produce a better quality

and creamier milk than

Holstein Friesians.

My children, nieces

and nephews much

prefer the Jersey

milk,” she said.

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13.5 x 13.5


Solutions on page 44

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Local Directory

Check with the organisers or website for meeting dates and times

Name Location When & Contact

Sonshine - Church for

people with learning


Knit & Knatter

Yapton Village

Women’s Institute

Yapton & Ford

Community Group

Downland Art


Five Villages


Yapton & Ford Local

History Group

Village Friends

Good neighbour scheme

Clymping Pétanque



Church Hall


Church Hall

Yapton & Ford

Village Hall

Yapton & Ford

Village Hall

Walberton Sports


Regular trips to

Chichester &

Bognor Regis

Yapton & Ford

Village Hall


Clymping Village


First Sunday at 3.00 pm

Alan Doick

01243 554810

Joan Rees

01243 552961

Third Tuesday at 10.00 am

Maggie Brackley - 07789 790706

every Wednesday


Colin Morris - 01243 584274

Brian David - 01243 553635

First Monday each month

Meg Brackley 07925 217843

U3A - Arun West various

BEADYS - St Wilfrid’s

Hospice Support Group



Love West Sussex

various Gill Kelly 01243 552230

Report anti-social driving or abandoned vehicles

Report all highway matters including. potholes, footway

problems, etc.

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Why Easter eggs?

On one hand, they are an ancient symbol of birth in most

European cultures. On the other hand, hens start laying regularly

again each Spring. Since eggs were forbidden during Lent, it’s

easy to see how decorating and eating them became a practical

way to celebrate Easter.

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1 Relating to the whole universe (6)

4 The disciple who made the remark in 8 Across (John 20:24) (6)

8 ‘Unless I see the nail marks — — hands, I will not believe it’

9 He urged King Jehoiakim not to burn the scroll containing Jeremiah’s

message (Jeremiah 36:25) (7)

10 Baptist minister and controversial founder of America’s Moral

Majority, Jerry — (7)

11 ‘Look, here is — . Why shouldn’t I be baptized?’ (Acts 8:36) - 5

12 Repossessed (Gen 14:16) (9)

17 Port from which Paul sailed on his last journey to Rome

(Acts 27:3–4) (5)

19 ‘Moses was not aware that his face was — because he had spoken with

the Lord’ (Ex 34:29) (7)

21 Roonwit, C.S. Lewis’s half-man, half-horse (7)

22 Grill (Luke 24:42) (5)

23 ‘The lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the — apostles’

(Acts 1:26) (6)

24 ‘I was sick and you looked after me, I was in — and you came to visit


1 Coastal rockfaces (Psalm 141:6) (6)

2 Academic (1 Corinthians 1:20) (7)

3 Publish (Daniel 6:26) (5)

5 For example, the Crusades (4,3)

6 11 Across is certainly this (5)

7 He reps (anag.) (6)

9 Liberator (Psalm 18:2) (9)

13 Man who asked the question in 11 Across was in charge of all her

treasury (Acts 8:27) (7)

14 They must be ‘worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much

wine’ (1 Timothy 3:8) (7)

15 The human mind or soul (6)

16 ‘O Lord, while precious children starve, the tools of war increase; their

bread is — ’ (Graham Kendrick) (6)

18 ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not — ’ (Matthew 11:17) (5)

20 Bared (anag.) (5)

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Sudoku Solutions



8.8 x 8.8

Crossword Answers

ACROSS: 1, Cosmic. 4, Thomas. 8, In his. 9, Delilah. 10, Falwell. 11, Water. 12,

Recovered. 17, Sidon. 19, Radiant. 21, Centaur. 22, Broil. 23, Eleven. 24, Prison.

DOWN: 1, Cliffs. 2, Scholar. 3, Issue. 5, Holy war. 6, Moist. 7, Sphere.

9, Deliverer. 13, Candace. 14, Deacons. 15, Psyche. 16, Stolen. 18, Dance.

20, Debar.


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’:

¨ ACE - The Association for Church


¨ PP - Parish Pump.

¨ LICC - London Institute for

Contemporary Christianity

¨ BS - Bible Society

Articles from these sources are © cleared

and used with permission. Images used come

from the editor’s personal collection or from

copyright free sources including Pixabay,

Unsplash, Gratisography. Images submitted

by readers are always very welcome.

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 the next page.

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

Covid notice on

page 4

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

Yapton Parish


Ford Parish




Support Officer


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

Littlehampton, BN16 2TW. T:01903 771922.

E: W:

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

Canon Jo Gavigan


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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