Triangle Magazine

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Triangle Magazine
November 2021
The church magazine for the Parishes of St Mary's Clymping and St Mary's Yapton with St Andrew's Ford.

ISSN 2059-1659

November 2021

The church magazine for the parishes of

Clymping & Yapton with Ford

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Services for November 2021

Sunday, 7 th November

Yapton 9.30 am Family Service

Clymping

11.00 am All-age Communion

Sunday, 14 th November Remembrance Sunday

Yapton

10.55 am Remembrance Day Service

Clymping

10.55 am Remembrance Day Service

Ford War Memorial 12.30 pm Ford Airfield Memorial Service

Sunday 21 st November

Yapton 9.30 am Family Service

Clymping

11.00 am All-age Communion

Sunday 28 th November Advent Sunday

Yapton 9.30 am Holy Communion (Said)

Clymping 4.00 pm Benefice Advent Service

St Andrew’s Ford

28 th November

Every Thursday

10.00 am Holy Communion

Sunday School

11.00 am St Mary’s Yapton

Please remember to check the website regularly and watch out for emails with updates.

Revd Richard Hayes (Rector)

Day off is Friday

Our Rector

The Rectory, St Mary’s Meadow, Yapton,

Arundel, BN18 0EE.

( 01243 552962

revrichhayes@me.com

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

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From the Rector

Remembering…

R

emembering is important to the

life and faith of the Church.

The central act of worship, Holy

Communion, is built around Jesus

words: ‘do this in remembrance of

me’.

We have our ‘church calendar’,

which involves the telling and retelling

of the great bible stories and events,

giving us a yearly rhythm. Over the

centuries we’ve added to those stories

more ‘remembering’, the church year

wouldn’t be the same without Harvest

and carol services. Then there is

Remembrance Day, our National day of

remembering those who have died in the

service of their country and those who

have been victims of ‘war and rumours

of war.’

In the Benefice we also take time for

more personal remembering of loved

ones lost, gathering for simple memorial

services on the last weekend of October.

Remembering must be part of our

human DNA. As Christians we inherited

it from Judaism, and we see it in all

world religions. Even the most primitive

cave paintings, going back 40,000 years,

are a form of human remembering. All

these different types of remembering

help us to make sense of our lives – past,

present and future. Who we are is a

combination of all these things.

There’s a Psalm that always comes to

mind when I think of this subject. It’s a

psalm that is full of remembering. Things

are obviously very difficult for the

writer, life is full of longing, tears and a

deep spiritual thirst and so an

internal conversation begins.

These things I remember,

as I pour out my soul:

how I went with the throng,

and led them in procession to the house

of God,

with glad shouts and songs of

thanksgiving,

a multitude keeping festival.

Why are you cast down, O my soul,

and why are you disquieted within me?

Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,

my help and my God.

Our memories can be at the heart of

our survival, remembering the past can

bring hope for our present. Certainly it

requires us to do what the song writer

suggests:

‘You’ve got to accentuate the positive,

Eliminate the negative.. .’

We do that every time we celebrate

communion, the memorial of the death

of Christ which becomes the hope of the

world, and we seek to do it on

Remembrance Sunday, by praying for

peace and stability in our war ravaged

world.

Richard

+Memorial services+

‘Remembering loved ones’

Saturday, 30th October

3.00pm, St Mary’s, Clymping

Sunday 31st October

3.00pm, St Mary’s, Yapton

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Life in outer space

I do not know if there is life on other planets, but I’m a person

who hopes there is life on other planets. As a person of faith, I

think God has a huge amount of creativity. What we know is we

are so far from understanding everything about the universe that

the possibilities are endless.

The Revd Pamela Conrad, astro-biologist for NASA and priest in the

Episcopal Church, based in Maryland, talking to Church Times.

Christmas Coffee Morning

St Mary’s, Yapton

Friday 3rd December

10:30 - 12:30

Seasonal Fare

Christmas Sales Table

Tea - Coffee - Mulled Wine

If you can you help in any way

please contact: Joanna Williams

01243 551524 (Call Minder)

P

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 Editor

Dear Triangle Readers

D

id you ever wonder how church

magazines first got started?

According to some historians, the firstever

church magazine was produced in

Derby in 1859, shortly after the

government abolished the tax on

newspapers.

Of course, there had been other

religious magazines before this, but they

circulated on a national scale. It took

John Erksine Clarke, vicar of a poor

parish in Derby, to come up with the

idea of producing a local church

magazine.

And after that, nothing was ever the

same again. Clarke’s idea of a localised

magazine gave power to the parishes.

For the first time local Christians could

have a common, regular Christian voice

in their communities.

That may not seem like much now,

but as one historian says: “In the early

days those magazines were one of the

very few pieces of print that many

working-class homes would see. In

middle-class homes they were often read

aloud, as the family sat around the fire.

By the turn of the century church

magazines were going into several

millions of homes around the country.”

And we should not underestimate their

influence for the good. As Bishop

Percival, preaching in Plymouth in 1886

said, “You cannot create a new world

except by creating a new heart and a

new purpose in common man.”

It is the same today – our magazines

can still have a regular, common

Christian witness in our communities,

sharing our Christian hope in the grace

and love of God, through Jesus Christ.

Our communities surely need to hear

this message, and if we don’t share it

with them, who will?

Until next month...

Nigel

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

( 01243 552821 (not after 8.00 pm please)

triangle.magazine@gmx.com

Cover picture

Poppy Field, picture by Tim Hill

PLEASE NOTE

The deadline for next

month’s magazine is

SUNDAY 14 TH NOVEMBER

Items received after this date will normally

be carried over to the next month

Thought for the Month

Each new day is a new beginning;

to learn more about ourselves, to care

more about others, to laugh more

than we did, to accomplish more

than we thought we could, and to be

more than we were before.

Anon

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Travelling with God

A Prayer for Advent Sunday by Ruth Quine

I am excited, Lord! I love travelling,

so I’m really looking forward to this Advent journey,

to a place where all things have been set right.

As I prepare to make my expedition, I am grateful

that you have promised to equip me with all that I need.

Help me to remember that I am not travelling without a map -

that you will lead me along the path of truth,

that you will provide landmarks along the way

to remind me of your mercy,

that you have planned only the best for me.

Help me to know that I am not journeying atone,

that you are an utterly reliable travelling companion —

for the worst and the best of times,

that you have marked me with the sign of your love

and you wilt never let me down.

Lord, help me to feel the fullness of your love within me —

a never-ending source of food for my journey,

nourishing and nurturing me along the way,

as I travel in hope to a guaranteed destination.

Reproduced here from the URC 2021 Prayer Handbook. Used with their kind permission

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‘Thank you’

from Bill Garlick

T

he ‘Falls and Frontals Ladies’ (Jean Sprenkel,

Juliet Fellick and Susan Faber) have been

creating again. They have made me this beautiful

new Preaching Scarf, which I will be very proud

and pleased to wear at special services.

Many, many thanks.

Rev Bill Garlick

There’s another picture on the back cover.

H

eavenly Father, in every age you raise up

leaders for your Church to reflect the light

of Christ and to lead us in the way of holiness.

We thank you for those who have been

shepherds of your flock: bless your Church

today with gifts of care and nurture, give a

pastoral heart to our ministry team and

strengthen all who are called to be leaders of

your people. Amen

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

revrichhayes@me.com

01243 552962

Keep in Touch with

CYFchurches

Please check the Benefice website

regularly for the most up-to-date

news:

cyfchurches.org.uk

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:

revrichhayes@me.com

Richard - 01243 552962

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Yapton Cottage Gardeners’ Society

H

ooray! The Autumn Flower Show,

the first competitive event for two

years, succeeded in attracting the

general public; it was quite

obvious that people were so

pleased to see old friends

in open forum.

The horticultural

content demonstrated a

good range of flowers,

vegetables and fruits on

the show bench. The best

of the dahlias were

excellent and there were good

samples of potatoes, apples and

pears. The novelty section was rather

disappointing in that there were no giant

pumpkins, and the runner bean race was

limited to two entries.

Cookery retained its support from

past seasons, and the judge was fully

employed in determining the prize

winners. Flower arranging was

particularly well supported, but for the

moment, photography did not exhibit

the numbers seen in past years.

Handicrafts had the regulation ten

entries, but the children’s entries were

limited to two, so there is work to do.

Most usefully, this flower show

introduced five newcomers to exhibiting

in Yapton, and a number of existing

members renewed their subscriptions

with the Cottage Gardeners’ for 2022.

With only a small committee

currently, it is necessary to cut the cloth

and adjust the schedules accordingly.

There will be marked changes visible

whenever the next schedule booklet is

published.

By the time this note is published,

the well-known broadcaster, Jean

Griffin, will have exhorted

her audience to ‘Get

Gardening’ at the

October members’

afternoon meeting,

while for the November

30th Annual General

Meeting, prior to the

formal business, another

noted speaker, Mark

Saunders will give an address

on ‘Growing Vegetables’. This will

begin at 7.30 in the Club Room of the

Village Hall, for which non-members are

welcome to attend on payment of £2.

Clymping Alternative

Christmas Card

It’s time for the Clymping Alternative

Christmas Card appeal. By now you will

have seen the box with the envelopes for

donations towards our chosen charity -

Macmillan Cancer Support

The envelopes will need to be returned

by Sunday 14th November for names

to be placed into the December edition of

Triangle to wish Christmas greetings to

friends of St. Mary’s Clymping.

Joan Rees

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Our local Primary Schools

‘Good Schools’

Yapton Church of England

Primary School

Further details from the Head Teacher,

Mrs Kim Huggett, 01243 551246

St Mary’s Clymping

Church of England

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Further details from the Head Teacher

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Hosea

God is in the Here and Now

H

osea was one of Israel’s

prophets delivering the

word of God to the Jewish

nation. A tough job at any time,

it’s especially hard to imagine

how it must have felt for this

young, devout man when God

told him to ‘take a wife of

harlotry’ v2. The law of Moses

stated that adulterers should be

stoned to death, yet it seems

God wanted to have this message lived

out in front of the nation through

Hosea’s life.

Once again, the nation had lost their

love for God, left His ways and were

worshipping idols, in express

disobedience to the Ten

Commandments. To God it felt like

adultery. He provided everything they

needed and they turned their backs on

Him. In sheer obedience, Hosea married

such a girl. She gave him children and

stayed with him for a time, until the lure

of her past became too much and she

went back to her old life. She told

herself that the gifts of her many lovers

was preferable to the stable home and

family life offered by Hosea. But by

chapter 3, Hosea had to buy her back

from a slave market where she had

ended up. He took her home, insisting

that she would stay a long time, but as

with many troubled relationships, they

slept in separate rooms.

Chapter 4 v11 says that harlotry

enslaves the heart. The people were

seeking advice from wooden

idols because ‘the spirit of

harlotry has caused them to

stray’ v12. Anything that takes us

away from our relationship with

God is harlotry whether it be

sports, cars, wine or anything

else. Just as Gomer behaved as if

she wasn’t Hosea’s wife, so the

people behaved as if they didn’t

belong to God. And yet God

never stopped loving His people.

He was hurt and angry so He

spent years using the prophets to warn

them of what would happen if they

continued down this road of ignoring

Him. They too were heading for sale to

the highest bidder in the slave markets,

or worse, if you read the later parts of

Hosea. And God didn’t want that for

them. He loved them, but He couldn’t

let them get away with their behaviour.

He longs to have a relationship with

them again, to restore all that they have

lost, if they let Him.

Perhaps one of the difficulties is that

we tend not to look very far ahead. We

take the treasures of today over the

reward of a lifetime spent with God. But

God sees our hearts and we should be

careful not to mistake God’s silence for

His blessing. Wherever you are, why

don’t you stop and do a quick spiritual

health check? Do you need to make any

adjustments in your walk with Him? He

is so utterly forgiving, that if you go to

Him in humility and truth, He will

gladly reinstate an intimate relationship

with you, no matter how you may have

treated Him.

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We will be performing:

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Connecting with Culture

No Clean Lips with Dirty Hands

I

’m genuinely baffled; when did we

lose our God-given instinct to protect

our young?

I agree with Milan Kundera in The

Unbearable Lightness of Being – animals

weren’t expelled from the garden, they

haven’t lost their ‘Eden-ness’. Hang

around any

seagull colony in

breeding season –

birds bomb and

screech, the

parents and

community

protect the next

generation.

But not us,

despite the

brooding storm

that’s been gathering for over 50 years.

We are obsessed with daily danger yet

fail to consider the future that’s coming

home to roost for our young. The latest

IPCC report comes with a health

warning: read before bed and expect

nightmares; fail to make deep and

painful change and the nightmares

come true.

Look out the window, pay attention

to the groans of the garden.

We’re entrusted to take care of the

land that feeds and holds us, to which

we all return. Yet we find ourselves

‘guilty as hell’. Four billion years of life

on earth, yet in the past 100 we’ve

pushed it to the brink. The way we’re

behaving, our depleted soils have less

than 60 harvests left, and we’ve

successfully wiped out over 90% of the

large fish. We foul our air and soil our

home. We’ve lost our way, we’ve lost

our love for the gift-giver, keeping our

lips tightly sealed over burning fossil

fuels, deforestation, land grabbing,

injustice.

No clean lips

with dirty hands

(Psalm 24:3–4): no

false repentance

on our lips when

we have ecocide

on our hands.

COP26 – the

upcoming UN

Climate Change

Conference – is

our last chance to avoid runaway

climate breakdown. These leaders aren’t

the first to hear the truth about the

climate (it’s been known about since the

late 1800s) but they’re the last to be able

to bring about the deep change needed

to head off the worst impacts of

environmental collapse.

We had a crucial job: to take care of

the garden. And therein lies the problem

– it seems we didn’t and don’t care

enough to stop treating the earth as ‘a

huge warehouse of stuff’.

For the love of God and the next

generations, will we rise up and remind

ourselves who we are, and what we

(Continued on page 15)

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Prayer of the Month

A prayer for COP26 from the Archbishop of

York

C

reator God, giver of life, you

sustain the earth and direct the

nations. In this time of climate crisis,

grant us clarity to hear the groaning of

creation and the cries of the poor.

Challenge us to change our

lifestyles. Guide our leaders to take

courageous action. Enable your church

to be a beacon of hope.

And foster within us a renewed

vision of your purposes for your

world, through Jesus Christ our Lord,

by and for whom all things were made.

Amen.

(Connecting with Culture - continued

from page 13)

need to do? Engage, rage, and pray.

Speak up, stand out, and get God’s

house – the church – in order. We must

call out governments, and place

enormous collective pressure.

‘Father forgive them, they know not

what they do.’ But sadly, we do. We

have no defence. Lord have mercy.

Rachie Ross

Rachie is a personal development coach working

with excluded and challenged young people, an

active member of Christian Climate Action, and

a theologian serving on the board of Operation

Noah.

© The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. Used

with their kind permission

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Jewish sages of mystical Judaism

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correctly. If it was said without proper

mindfulness, or worse, if it was chanted

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This month Revd Dr Jo White continues her

series looking at : The Bread We

Share

L

ast month we thought

about the bread we share at

the Communion table and what

we do with any that is left over.

Christian beliefs and thoughts

about the consecrated bread range from

it being a reminder to us of the love that

Jesus showed for each of us by and

through His death too, at the

consecration the bread becomes the

literal flesh of Christ that we are invited

to consume.

Wherever the church and the

people are on that spectrum, the priest

is always careful about the way the

bread is handled. As we noted last

month, this includes which container it

is placed in to convey it after the service

to those unable to attend.

But what happens to any small

pieces that may have been broken, like

crumbs, upon the altar?

Although the altar is covered with a

white cloth, there is another smaller

cloth placed on top of it onto which the

bread and wine, in their respective

containers, are placed.

The bread is usually on a plate or

bowl-shaped dish called a paten, with

‘extra’ bread kept on a side table – the

Credence Table – in case more is needed

to be consecrated.

The smaller white cloth is called a

Corporal and is typically 12 inches

(30cms) square. The name comes from

the Latin corpus meaning body, and this

Reflected Faith

is folded in three in both directions

(then sometimes starched) and

ironed in such a way that when

it is opened onto the altar all the

folds are ‘downward’ so it forms

a ‘bowl’ shape to catch those

crumbs.

After the Communion is

shared, the cloth is then folded back

upon itself and later taken outside the

building and shaken to allow any

crumbs to return to nature.

This month: Next time you are able to

go to a Communion Service, watch as the

priests lays up the table for the time of

consecration. Perhaps, before the service, the

sacristan may open the corporal and place it

there. In your own home what is so precious

that you try and catch every crumb? How

do you do it?

One million legacies left

by kind-hearted Brits

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ore of us are leaving gifts to

charities in our Wills. A million

legacies have been left in the past

decade alone, according to recent

research from Remember A Charity.

Gifts in wills are a critical source of

funding for charitable services across

the country, raising more than £3 billion

for good causes annually – and have

been the fastest growing source of

voluntary income for charities over the

past 21 years.

Contact our treasurers (p47) to find

out more about leaving a gift to our

Benefice in your will.

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St James the Least of All

There are more frightening things than bishops out there....

My dear Darren

Y

ou really should not worry about

having reversed your car into the

bishop’s gatepost, knocking it over and

destroying his rose-beds. It gives him an

opportunity to exercise Christian

forgiveness. Your real mistake was

scribbling a note of apology and pushing

it through his letterbox. Far better would

have been to have sent an anonymous

letter (and to have written it on lined

notepaper in capital letters, preferably in

green ink, to make it look truly

authentic) saying that you had seen the

archdeacon do it, and then you had

watched him drive off without stopping.

That would have taken the minds of the

senior clergy away from parish matters

for quite some time.

No, never worry about the wrath of

bishops; dangers lurk much nearer

home. For a start, never incur the

displeasure of your flower arrangers. I

only crossed their path once – and

arrived in church the following Sunday,

to see a ten-foot-high floral arrangement

at the front of church. I assumed it was

by way of making amends, until I

discovered it had been placed in front of

the pulpit. I was obliged to preach,

hidden behind a large multicoloured

hedge, while the congregation listened to

what were apparently talking

chrysanthemums.

A colleague offended his own ladies

and arrived to find that the contents of

the safe had been removed and

replaced with all those exotic

pieces of equipment that seem

to be indispensable for arranging

flowers. He was obliged to administer

Communion using a small vase until

peace was re-established and his chalice

returned to him.

Similarly, organists are a delicate

breed. Congratulate him on the anthem,

and if it happened to be unaccompanied,

he would assume you were implying

that the services were better without his

playing. Offend your organist and you

can be guaranteed that hymns will be

played at either half or double speed,

stopping one verse short and that the

final piece of music as you process out

will stop, leaving you and the choir

stranded halfway down the aisle.

And finally, never, ever upset your

verger. One forgotten Christmas present

and you can be sure you will get halfway

through a baptism to find he hasn’t

put water in the font; at marriage

services, the sheets for last week’s

funeral will have been accidentally put

out and when you sit in your stall you

will discover where he now stores the

mop and bucket.

No, bishops are warm, fluffy

bunnies; real dangers lurks much nearer

home.

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Hymn of the Month

All the saints who serve in heaven

F

or more than 25 years I have had

the great privilege and

responsibility of choosing the hymns

sung each week at Clymping. After

Gordon Howells left to go to Norfolk in

1997, I stepped in during the

interregnum and when Stephen Nunn

arrived as our new rector, he asked me

to continue. When Richard arrived, he

asked me to carry on and I’ve been

doing it ever since. From quite early on,

I produced hymn leaflets with hymns

not in our books. It was before the days

of Songs of Fellowship and Common

Praise, when we were using Ancient &

Modern Revised, 100 Hymns for Today and

Triumphant Praise. As more hymns and

songs have been written, I have

continued to produce more and more

leaflets. Just before the pandemic, I

decided to amalgamate several of these

leaflets and make up a booklet of those

we were using fairly frequently; so

Clymping Praise was born, first used in

November 2019 and since then, mostly

resting at the back of the church.

As I’ve written these articles, I’ve

mostly followed a theme – perhaps

favourites, Sussex connections,

alphabetical tune names, or tunes

named after saints. When thinking

about a new theme, I suddenly thought

I’d write about the hymns included in

Clymping Praise. One or two I have

already written about, but some time

ago and I hope that you won’t mind the

occasional repeat. I don’t necessarily

intend to work my way through from

number 1 onwards, although I am

starting with the first one because it’s

particularly appropriate for November.

The beginning of November could

well be called Remembrancetide. It

begins with All Saints’ Day on the 1st.

Historically, the next day, the 2nd was

known as All Souls’ Day when all

Christians who had died were

remembered in church. Then a few days

later, on Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes

Day, many of us can recall the rhyme

which begins, ‘Remember, remember

the fifth of November’. Then again, in

less than a week, we have

Remembrance Sunday when we

remember those who have died in the

two World Wars and the many conflicts

since.

Our hymn this month relates to All

Saints’ Day – when since about the 4th

century, it has been customary for the

church to remember all saints and

martyrs throughout Christian history.

Most people when they think of saints,

think first of all of the disciples of Jesus

– Peter and Andrew, James and John,

Matthew and Luke. Then there are his

later followers like Paul, Barnabas and

Stephen, all of whom are mentioned in

the Bible. Later there are Christians of

the first few centuries after Christ, like

Alban and Augustine, not to mention

saints linked to particular areas like

Patrick and David, Cuthbert of

Lindisfarne, Edmund of East Anglia and

(Continued on page 22)

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(Hymn of the Month - continued from

page 21)

Richard of Chichester. In short, they are

the sort of characters who might well

appear in a stained glass window and

more often than not have ‘St’ in front of

their name.

In the Bible, Paul and the other

earliest writers refer to the saints only

collectively. He addresses himself to the

saints at Ephesus, at Philippi, or

Colossae: and by ‘saints’ he means all

the members, the faithful, of the

Christian communities in those places –

those who have been called to God’s

service. This is the sense in which

Christopher Idle uses the word ‘saint’ in

this hymn.

He writes ‘Saints are always plural,

all created by God, not all famous, not

all dead; all Christians are saints!’ and in

the hymn makes that assertion clear.

This biblical use of the word ‘saints’ is

not the same as the meaning usually

associated with it, which was why I felt

the need to add a footnote when I

slightly adapted it to fit us in Clymping.

When I showed our version to him at a

Hymn Society conference he was

delighted that we were able to make use

of it.

In 1992, he was rector of a rural

benefice in Suffolk and was asked if he

could adapt the traditional song ‘When

the saints go marching in’ for a deanery

children’s and youth service in their

local town of Eye for the first Sunday in

November. He writes, ‘It seemed clear

that the chorus must be kept; the tune

for the less-known verses of this classic

jazz march might help.’ The result he

describes as ‘enjoyably lively and

untidily educational’.

The origin of the gospel song ‘When

the saints’ is uncertain, but it was

particularly associated with the city of

New Orleans. It was popularized by

Louis Armstrong in the 1930s, who

wrote that his sister said that she

thought the secular performance style of

the church tune was inappropriate and

irreligious!

Probably everyone knows the tune,

its association with saints making it

particularly relevant. Christopher Idle’s

use of it makes a hymn which would

perhaps please Miss Armstrong as being

both appropriate and religious particularly

for a young people’s service at this

season of the year.

Peter Nunn

The melody and verses can be found on

the next page.

Shoot for the Moon

C

hichester Cathedral is playing host

to the Museum of the Moon, a touring

artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram.

Measuring seven metres in

diameter, the moon will be on display in

the Cathedral’s Nave until 14 November.

There’s a full programme of events

for adults and children including

workshops, evening viewings, talks and

concerts, all with a lunar theme.

Full details and some stunning

images can be found on the Cathedral’s

website - chichestercathedral.org.uk.

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Intercessions for the month

Let us bring to God in prayer…

Mon 1st

All Saints. For the Communion of Saints, we praise you, Lord God

Tue 2nd

Wed 3rd

Commemoration of the Dead. May those departed from their lives

on earth rest in eternal peace

All refugees and people living in temporary accommodation

Thu 4th

Children and adults who are blind or visually impaired

Fri 5th Fire and rescue services, and the emergency call centre staff

Sat 6th For people with mental health problems, and for their families and

friends

Sun 7th

Mon 8th

Tue 9th

Children are a heritage from the Lord: like a rose in the hand by

warrior, so are the children of one’s youth

Pray for the work being done to recognise leprosy in it’s early

stages, and the treatment that can be given

Let us seek to be more joyful in the expression of our faith,

counting our blessings and sharing with others

Wed 10th Journalists, especially those reporting from war zones and other

dangerous areas

Thu 11th Remembrance Day. For all affected by war and the ongoing grief

caused by conflict

Fri

12th Those with dyslexia and other problems with reading and writing.

Sat

13th Transport staff, particularly in the West Sussex area

Sun 14th Remembrance Sunday. O God, our help in ages past, our hope for

years to come; our shelter from the stormy blast and our eternal

home

Mon 15th Those who read the lessons and lead our intercessions in Church

services

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Tue 16th Our Sunday School children and leaders, and the safeguarding

officers Maggie, Esther, and Alan

Wed 17th A willingness to listen, remembering that all things work together

for God’s purpose - ‘All will be well and all manner of things will

be well.’ (Julian of Norwich)

Thu 18th Thank you for the presence of Christ in our weakness and in our

strength

Fri 19th Organisations that provide support and medical care for homeless

people

Sat 20th Select a street and pray for those who live or work there

Sun 21st The Lord is King and has put on glorious apparel; the Lord has put

on His glory and girded Himself with strength

Mon 22nd Road Safety Week (21st to 27th). Victims of road, rail and air traffic

accidents, the A&E staff and ambulance crews

Tue 23rd Lawyers, judges and those working in the administration of the law

Wed 24th Association for Promoting Retreats, retreat conductors and spiritual

mentors

Thu 25th Isaac Watts, hymn writer. Praise the lord for all the hymns and

psalms available to us in almost all circumstances

Fri 26th Pray about any situation we may find difficult in our church life

Sat 27th Victims of abuse, and those so damage themselves that date abuse

or bullying others

Sun 28th Advent Sunday. ‘Hark the glad sound, the Saviour comes, the

Saviour promised long; let every heart prepare a throne and every

voice a song.’

Mon 29th For those without hope, and those who feel they have no one to

pray for them

Tue 30th St Andrew, Apostle. All involved in the services, churchyard and

upkeep of our church of St Andrew-by-the-Ford and all who visit

there

Prayers & Intercessions pages

A phrase from the Psalm of the Day is usually used on Sundays.

Please send suggestions, comments and items for inclusion to Eileen Keough at

40 Spinney Walk, Barnham, Bognor Regis, PO22 0HT. (01243 552577)

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Good reasons to have a church magazine

A

fter a year of lockdown, should we

still bother with church magazines

now that church life is picking up again?

Yes!

It is read by lots of people. If each

issue is read on average by two people,

then more people see it than ever go to

church. So, it is a very good

way of putting Christian

values and ideas into

people’s hands, whether

they come to church or not.

It is a service to the

community. Communities

need local networks to thrive.

Magazines are a great way of

binding the people who live in

one place together. Just

delivering the church magazine

is a way to get to know the area

and the people.

It helps build bridges with other

organisations in the area. We can share

some details of their meetings and

events.

It can make money! Well, enough to

cover the costs of production! Let’s aim

for a revenue balanced on paid

subscriptions and advertising.

It is seen by those outside the

church family. Think of the people just

moving into our area, or those who live

here already and want to get married or

to baptise their child. Church magazines

can help them see the sort of community

we are, and that we would welcome

them to join us.

It is read by people who do not go

to church, but who know someone who

does. This is a major way of how groups,

including churches, grow. Not many

people walk into a church off their own

bat. Most people are invited, or already

have a connection.

It supports local

businesses. Local businesses

who advertise locally, can

thrive.

It helps people develop

skills. The editorial team

will learn about design,

marketing, GDPR, editing,

copyright, writing, selling,

artwork - and

apologising.

It can help inform

our community about

itself – especially if we include a local

history or local natural history section!

So, don’t believe it if someone tells

you that print is dead. It is not. Many

people still prefer to read something

they can hold in their hands. The future

is not EITHER print OR digital, but

BOTH AND. People will flick through a

magazine that arrives through the door,

even though they may never dream of

visiting their local church’s website.

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ACE

Each month the printed version of

Triangle reaches around 500 readers while

the online version achieves nearly 1000

views.

If you’d like to subscribe, or make a

donation towards the cost, please contact

the Church Office - see page 46.


Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer

B

acked by leaders from Anglican,

Catholic, Nonconformist and

Pentecostal Churches, Eternal Wall is a

visionary piece of public art aimed at

pointing people to Jesus.

It’s set to be built on a piece of

donated land in the Midlands at

Coleshill, near the junction of the

M6 and M42. Constructed in the

form of a Möbius strip, symbolising

eternity, it will be more than twice

the height of the Angel of the North

and visible from over six miles

away. As well as motorway

travellers, passengers on HS2 will

be able to see it – and it’s on the

flight path for Birmingham Airport.

It will be visible to more than half a

million travellers every week.

It’s not just art, though. A

Visitor Centre will serve as an education

hub and meeting place – and every one

of Eternal Wall’s million bricks will be

digitally linked to a story of answered

prayer. Using a unique bespoke app,

visitors will be able to explore the unique

story to which each brick is linked – and

even search for stories by themes, like

healing, family or forgiveness.

Eternal Wall is working to make sure

that those who engage with it – many of

whom will be spiritually open people

rather than committed churchgoing

Christians – are helped and encouraged

on their spiritual journey. Bible Society

will be helping with its digital strategy,

and with online and other resources to

help spiritual seekers discover the Jesus

of the Bible.

As well as pointing people to Jesus

through its million prayer bricks, Eternal

Wall is aiming to fund a million bricks

worth of social housing, which will

provide finance to build 100 houses for

social action charities, council housing

associations and international social

housing charities.

For more about Eternal Wall, visit its

website, eternalwall.co.uk, and explore

this exciting project.

This article was first published by Bible Society in

September 2021 and is used with permission.

From our Registers

Baptisms

U Ruthie Brand

U Georgie Dunn

U Woody Steventon

U Jackson Moxey

U Caleb Moxey

Wedding

U Kim Mead & Dan Golds

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The Wondering Soul

Success assured

O

ver the years I have met enthusiasts

for all sorts of schemes. What these

enthusiasts have in common is a belief

that belonging to their organization will

ensure its members are shielded from the

vicissitudes of life.

The advertising and insurance

industries borrow heavily from this

saying that their product has a way of

making life wonderful if you buy it.

Strangely, if you belong to a closed

society or scheme you may find that its

members as a group are successful and

prosper, and some members are

exceptionally successful. Also it is in the

groups interest to exude a successful

image to the wider public.

But the difficulty is if the ethics of the

scheme falls short of yours, or it does not

achieve the individual success or health

for you or your family as promoted. For

the good of the group and/or in the

belief that you have done something

wrong and that is why you have doubts

or are not being successful or free of sad

events, this and ‘brand loyalty’ trap the

individual within the group.

Sadly there are churches who

covertly promote these assurances. God

will do what we want if we ask and even

demand it of Him quoting scripture in

support. Sometimes these Churches are

materially successful at both ends of the

Religious spectrum. When things go

wrong for the individual or success is not

forthcoming they are trapped into their

Church’s organization. All the advice is

sadly supportive of the Church involved

to the detriment of the individual.

A sound Christian ethos built on the

Gospels is what is needed to keep a

Church healthy.

So be thoughtful in what you say,

lest peoples expectations are mislead. We

have a sound Gospel ethos lets keep it

that way.

Time to ruminate, pray and

maybe speak out, like I have

just done.

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Garden Tips from Alan Doick

{ It’s time to give your lawn a health

check. Poor drainage and compaction

will lead to moss growth. This can be

corrected by either spiking the lawn

with a fork or aerator. After this

spread coarse sand over the lawn and

brush in. If sphagnum moss is a

problem, use a moss killer and when

it has died out rake it out with a lawn

rake. Rake any leaves off the lawn as

they fall.

{ It’s good time to start a new lawn

from turf. It’s too late to sow seed but

the ground can be prepared for a

spring sowing, taking time to remove

stones and hoeing off annual weeds.

{ Newly planted raspberries and other

fruiting canes need good firm

support so check over posts and

wires for firmness and tightness.

{ Pick apples before they fall and are

bruised making them unsuitable for

storing. Do not allow fruit to remain

on the ground under the tree where

codling moth and other pests can

move into the soil and over winter

only to rise and cause problems next

year.

{ Complete planting of spring

flowering bulbs this month.

{ Prune redcurrants now. Shorten the

new growths by half their length and

then prune side shoots back to about

2”.

{ Keep sprout, broccoli and cabbage

plants clear of dead leaves and check

the plants are firm in the soil to

prevent them falling over.

{ As perennials die

back tidy up the

plant, remove weeds

which can now be

easily seen and feed the soil

Garden Prayer

God bless this garden; through which

your glory shines,

May we see in its beauty the

wonder of your love.

God bless the soil; rich and teeming

with life,

May we see in its fertility the

promise of new creation.

God bless our toil; as we dig deep to

turn the soil,

May we see in our labour your

call to be good stewards.

God bless each seed; that takes root and

grows,

May we see in their flourishing

the hope of transformation.

God bless the rains; that water our

efforts to bring forth life,

May we see in their constancy

God’s faithful care.

God bless the harvest; abundant and

bountiful in season,

May we see in God’s generosity

our need to share.

God bless this garden; as you bless all

creation with your love,

May we see in its glory your

awesome majesty.

Amen.

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T

his delicious recipe comes from local

baker David Meares.

Oven temperature:

140°C, 120°C fan, gas mark 2

Makes: 21 biscuits

Ingredients

ä 110g butter, softened (no substitute!)

ä ½ tsp vanilla extract

ä 140g stone-ground wholemeal flour

ä 70g caster sugar

ä 3 tbsp cocoa powder

ä 30g ground rice

ä 50g glacé cherries

Method

1. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter,

then add vanilla and mix well.

2. In another bowl, stir together the

flour, sugar, cocoa and ground rice.

3. Wash, dry and chop the glace

cherries and mix with 3 tbsp of the

dry ingredients.

4. Add the bulk of the dry ingredients

to the creamed mixture, mixing until

the dough holds together.

5. Finally stir in the coated cherries and

any remaining dry ingredients,

mixing until the cherries are well

distributed.

6. Line an 18 cm square baking tin with

greaseproof paper and press the

dough evenly into the tin.

7. Lift the greaseproof paper and

Recipe Page

Chocolate Shortbread

dough out of the tin and onto an

ungreased baking sheet.

8. Score the dough into 3 strips

horizontal by 7 strips vertical, and

prick each strip several times with a

fork.

9. Bake for 60 to 90 minutes or until set.

10. Set the baking sheet on a wire rack,

dredge with additional sugar and

allow to cool for 2 to 3 minutes.

11. Split the shortbread along the score

lines and remove to a wire rack to

cool completely.

12. Once cool, seal in an air-tight

container.

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Gigglebox - laughter is good for you!

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Stewardship - Our church launched

a new Stewardship Campaign,

which instead of holding a series of

events, decided to focus entirely on

one big fund-raising event. The

evening became known as “putting

all our begs in one askit.”

Heaven – An elderly couple died

and were received by St Peter

through the Pearly Gates into

heaven. They found it a wonderful

place. The husband said to his wife:

“If you hadn’t fed us such healthy

food all our marriage, we could have

reached here years ago.”

Know what to do - The town’s fire

prevention officer was conducting a

health and safety course at the local

church. The officer said to the

minister: “Now imagine this: it is a

Sunday morning, and you have a

number of people, spread

throughout your church building.

Some are in the choir stalls, some are

in the kitchen, and some are in the

nave. Suddenly, a big fire breaks

out. What are the first steps you

would take?”

The minister thought carefully for a

moment. “Really big ones,” he said.

The congregation - A minister was

considering a move to a busy towncentre

church, and wanted to know

what the congregation were like,

and especially the church council.

So, he rang the minister who had

just retired from that church.

The retiring minister hesitated a

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moment and then

replied: “Some of

them are wise; some

are otherwise.”

Rooms - When the

vicar moved his family into the large

Victorian vicarage, a member of the

congregation asked the young son

how he liked his new home. “It’s

great,” the little boy replied. “At last

I have my own room, and Mike has

his own room, and Jemma has her

own room, and Robbie has his own

room. But poor Mum is still in with

Dad.”

Family tree - At a drinks party at a

wealthy golf club, the conversation

turned to the subject of ancestry. “Of

course, we trace our family back to

coming over with William the

Conqueror,” observed one lady with

satisfaction. She turned to a second

woman, who was new to the club,

and asked, “What about you dear?

Can you go back very far?”

“Not very far,” came the reply. “You

see, all the early family records were

lost in the Flood.”

Hold her hand - While out in the

town, I saw an elderly couple

holding hands while they were

walking. As they approached, I

commented on how romantic it was.

The man replied, “We have been

holding hands when we go out in

public for over 30 years. I have to. If

I let go, she shops.”

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This month Michael Blencowe of the

Sussex Wildlife Trust takes a look at:

Mink: fashion victims

‘The Wind in the Willows’ is one of

Britain’s most beloved books. Yet this

story of riverbank wildlife would have

lost some of its charm if, in the final

chapter, Kenneth Grahame had

introduced a new character; a deranged

American serial killer who eats his

victims.

It’s easy to cast American mink as

the bad guys. With long, sleek bodies

equipped with razor sharp teeth they’re

natural born killers, as vicious in water

as they are on land. Part polecat, part

piranha. But it was the mink’s

adaptation to winter and water - thick,

waterproof fur - that was its downfall.

Enter the real villains of this tale; the

ghastly humans who craved mink fur

coats and the greedy ones keen to profit

from a mink massacre.

American mink were first imported

to the UK in 1929. By the fifties, British

mink farms were springing up

everywhere, including Sussex,

producing pelts at full pelt. But fur

farmers had overlooked one important

thing; mink were smarter than they

were. Mary Potter remembers the

Buxted farm; “they built the cages with

ordinary wire netting. The mink made

short work of that and escaped. With

stronger netting, they started again with

more mink, but again, the wire was no

match for their teeth. After a third

attempt with stronger wire netting they

gave up and just released them.”

The result of a new alien predator

invading our waterways was

catastrophic. Kingfishers, ducks,

moorhens, fish and toads suddenly

found themselves on the mink’s menu

and were swiftly dispatched with a

Dracula-style neck bite. The worst

victim was the water vole – Ratty from

‘The Wind in the Willows’ - which mink

almost completely eradicated from

Sussex.

The late (and legendary) Jim ‘The

Fish’ Smith walked and worked the

River Ouse for decades. He first

encountered a mink when one cruised

past him downstream on a piece of

driftwood. “I had never seen a mink

before and at first had no idea what it

was,” said Jim “but it wasn’t long before

we saw God knows how many along

the river.” During the sixties, Jim and

four others were employed to trap and

humanely kill mink along the Ouse. “In

those days we were doing nothing else

but trapping mink. We were catching 25

-30 a week.”

Thankfully, fashions and attitudes

change. Mink farms are gone but their

ferocious, furry legacy remains in our

rivers. “These days you don’t see that

many mink, so I have to conclude that

the effort we have

put in to

controlling them

has been

successful,” said

Jim “but you’re

never going to get

rid of all of them.”

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Once upon a time…

…in Shiloh

A Tale of Eli

H

indsight is wonderful - and easy. I

wish prophecy would be the

same. It’s taken me many years to

understand as I do now, though that’s

not everything.

After my wife died, I tried to teach

my sons Hophni and Phinehas the ways

of our God. They have become priests,

like me, but are bringing me so much

sorrow. I should have let the cleaning

ladies help with their upbringing,

instead of teaching them that women

were inferior to men. They don’t respect

me, their father, either. About seven or

eight years ago I overheard Hophni say

to his brother, ‘You tell him to sort it

out – dealing with the women is all the

old git is good for’. Phinehas came to

me, managed to bow in an exaggerated

manner, and said, ‘Father dear, there’s a

problem in the Court of Women. Please

would you help them – you’re so much

better than us at coping with them.’ The

words are respectful enough, the tone

of voice and sneering look on his face

weren’t.

Anyway, I went to sit in a corner of

the Women’s Court. It was festival time,

and there were many ladies praying

loudly. But my sons were right -on the

other side of the area was one of the

women moving about in a restless

manner, and although her mouth seems

to be praying, no words were audible.

She was disturbing the others, who

were keeping well away and glaring at

her.

I’m a priest, I have authority, and it

was my responsibility to enable prayer

to be offered in the correct way, not

insulting our God and the other women

by drunken behaviour. ‘How can you

disgrace your husband and yourself in

this way,’ I demanded. ‘Go away and

sober up. This might be a festive time

but don’t come into the temple in a

drunken state.’ To my surprise, the

woman answered me clearly. She said

she was praying to God, and that what

she was crying about would be heard

only by Him. I felt grieved for her, and

for my harsh words, so I promised to

add my prayer to hers and blessed her.

The other women didn’t look too

pleased, especially one who came over

and said. ‘Let’s go now, Hannah,’ and

they went together.

My sons went from bad to worse

and I seemed powerless to stop them. I

did manage to keep the young student

boys away from them, but as an

otherwise unwelcome visitor said,

disaster seems to be certain. Then, a few

months ago my sons sneeringly told me

that a woman was asking for me

(nudge, nudge!) Yes, there was, and she

had a boy of about six years old with

her. She explained that she was

Hannah, the wife of Elkanah, and that

she was grateful to me for adding my

prayer to hers, and that here was the

answer - her son who she had besieged

God to allow her to bear. She had

promised to bring him to be dedicated

(Continued on page 36)

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(Continued from page 35)

in the service of the Temple, and her

husband had blessed Samuel and herself.

Well normally boys come to us aged

twelve or thirteen, but an oath from God

must be kept. So Samuel came into my

care. I’d learned by then that women are

important especially in children’s

development, so I let the cleaning ladies

fuss over him a bit. He missed his

parents, although they had explained to

him that he was special and was to be left

here. Hannah came to see him every year

and each time brought him a new coat

she’d woven herself. And I rejoiced to

learn that she and Elkanah had several

more children.

Most of the time Samuel was with

me, too young to join the other boys in

their lessons. At night he slept near my

room, I was worried that the older ones

might bully him otherwise. And I was

glad of him, he always came cheerfully

when I called him to bring me a drink, or

another blanket, or more oil for my lamp.

One night, just as I was settling down

to sleep and my eyes closing, he came

running to me saying, ‘Yes, here I am.’ I

hadn’t called him and, worried whether

he too was going to start provoking me, I

told him to go back to his own bed.

I did drop off to sleep, but he woke

me up, saying loudly, ‘Yes, yes, I’m here,

what do you need?’ Maybe I called out in

my sleep, perhaps I’m getting old and

stupid, anyway I sent him back to bed.

But again came to me and insisted, ‘You

did call me.’ Then I realised that the Lord

God had called him by name, seemingly

in my voice so that he wouldn’t be

frightened. ‘Go back to bed,’ I said, ‘and

if you are called again say ‘Speak Lord,

your servant is listening’’.

So it seemed, for Samuel grew and

responded to God’s call. For me, the

voice of God was heard through the

words and willing helpfulness of a child.

The Lord sometimes speaks through

others so that we are not frightened. I am

old now, I’ll die soon, sorrowful that’s so

much is sinful in my family but rejoicing

in the revelation of the Lord’s will

through Samuel.

Blessed be God forever.

Gilene Oekhue

Bible references:

1 Samuel 1: 9- 28

1 Samuel 2: 18-36

1 Samuel 3: 1-18

Also from Gilene Oekhue

Christmas Mini-gifts

Yapton-with-Ford booklets:

¨ Vox Feminimus - the joy of a female

organist

¨ Angelis Primae Testamentum -

Old Testament Angels

¨ Novum Testamentum Angelis -

New Testament Angels

¨ Once upon a Time -

a Tale of Pig XXIII and more

¨ Again upon a Time -

a Tale of CK Moore and others

£1.50 each (+£1.00 p&p, if required)

Available from

Eileen Keough - 01243 552577

Church Office 01243 553653

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The

Wondering Soul

Mooning about

N

o not the rude young boy! This is

about celestial stuff.

I am moon faced and God shines

on me. So I shine back at Him and He

feels the faint reflected warmth.

Yes, there are clouds and the earth

casts a shadow now and then, but God

persists, and I send Him back

my faint reflection of His Love.

All is right between us.

Ruminate and reflect.

No Toilet?

It’s not a joke – or is it!

D

id you know that about one in every

three people do not have a clean, safe

toilet? The United Nations say that 4.2

billion people do not have a clean toilet

and that 673 million people practise open

defecation. It might sound like a trivial

fact, but it is a very serious problem.

That’s why on 19 November, WaterAid

and UN-Water are promoting the

campaign to ensure that everyone,

everywhere has access to a clean, safe and

private toilet by 2030. On World Toilet

Day they are hoping to boost their

campaign through using ‘toilet’ humour

and comedy to break down the

awkwardness of the subject and to get the

movement flowing!

School students in the UK are being

encouraged to tweet - using hashtags

#WorldToiletDay and #ItsNoJoke -

riddles, puns, and jokes to make a splash

about World Toilet Day. They are also

asking teachers to give a number one

lesson on taps and toilets!

The serious aim is to reduce human

waste by giving everyone access to clean

toilets that will lead to

making the world a safer

place for everyone.

And with toilets in

mind … several

churches have twinned

their toilets (for £60) and

have framed photos of them to go in the

church toilets through http://

toilettwinning.org. You can ‘twin’ your

home toilet too!

ACE

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G

Digital driving

licences

rant Shapps, the Transport

Secretary, recently confirmed plans

to move provisional cards online.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing

Agency (DVLA) is aiming to launch an

app that will also spell the end for paper

test certificates and bring MOTs into the

modern age with digital certificates and

booking systems.

If successful, full driving licences

could be digitised too, although plastic

licences will still be available to those

who require them.

The DVLA, who currently issue

more than 10 million licences a year and

hold records for more than 49 million

driving licence holders, discussed the

move in their strategic plan for 2021-

2024:

“We will introduce a digital driving

licence for provisional drivers and also

start to build a customer account facility.

This will ultimately give our customers

personalised, easy and secure access to a

range of services and allow them more

choice in how they transact with us.”

The DVLA’s plan offers some

reassurance that paper and plastic

documents will not be completely

phased out so that those who cannot go

online can still transact with them in

other ways.

Perhaps the digitised licences can

help the DVLA as they

deal with a backlog of 1.4

million applications at

their Swansea

office.

D

National Novel

Writing Month

Challenge

o you dream about

becoming a

published author? If so,

November could be the

time to make your dream

come true. Would-be

authors from around the

world are challenged to write a 50,000

word first draft of a novel. There is no

charge, although it is run by a not for

profit organisation and participants have

the option of donating to the cause and

purchasing official NaNoWriMo

(National Novel Writing Month)

merchandise. All profits are funnelled

back into the programme. The

organisation relies on donations to keep

participation free of charge and pay for

things such as web hosting, resources,

and classroom kits.

After signing up, participants

receive access to support and

encouragement to help them hit their

writing goals; this includes access to a

range of articles and tools to assist in

planning their novel, the option to join a

local group of writers and meet for inperson

writing events, online forums

and Facebook groups. Published authors

also offer mentorship through articles

and pep talks.

If you feel that there is a story inside

you just waiting to be told and would

like to get more involved, visit http://

www.nanowrimo.org for more

information or to sign up.

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Are we becoming a

Cashless Society?

H

eading to your local cashpoint

only to find it’s out of service, has

disappeared or now charges you to take

out your money is frustratingly quite a

common experience these days.

We’re heading in the direction of

becoming a cashless society, but not

everyone is ready. There are still

barriers for people who are not able to

use or access digital payments - and

many small businesses and high streets

continue to rely on cash.

A recent survey by Which? found

that:

43% of people in rural areas live

more than two kilometres from a

free-to-use ATM.

8,000 Cash machines have been

‘lost’ in the last 18 months.

57% of people have experienced

access to cash to cash or banking

issues in the last 12 months.

Northern Ireland has the highest

provision of free-to-use ATMs in the

UK, with 98.5 machines per 100,000

adults.

1.9 million people rely on cash for

nearly every transaction they make.

Y

Mud, mud,

glorious mud!

apton CofE Primary School pupils

received a donation of mud from

local housebuilder Dandara as a result

of their persuasive writing skills.

The pupils put their persuasive

writing skills to the test to write letters

to housebuilder Dandara asking for

mud to be used in their ‘mud kitchen’.

The mud kitchen is part of the school’s

approach to sensory learning. As well as

ensuring pupils spend time outdoors,

playing with mud increases brain

activity and encourages creativity.

After reading the letters, Jonny

Betteridge, Site Manager at Paddock

View, visited the school to donate the

mud and answer any questions the

children had about construction.

Kim Huggett, Headteacher,

commented: “We created a mud kitchen

at the school but were missing one vital

ingredient – mud! Being right next to

Dandara’s development, we planned a

meaningful writing journey for the

pupils to test their persuasive skills by

writing letters to Jonny asking for some

mud. We’d like to thank Jonny and the

team at Dandara’s

Paddock View for

taking part - the

pupils have had

great fun playing

with the mud!”

There’s a picture on

the back cover

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Sudoku

Easy

Sudoku

13.5 x 13.5

Harder

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

difficulties

Knit & Knatter

Yapton Village

Women’s Institute

Yapton & Ford

Community Group

Downland Art Society

Five Villages Minibus

Yapton & Ford Local

History Group

Village Friends

Good neighbour scheme

Clymping Pétanque

Club

Clymping Church

Hall

Clymping Church

Hall

Yapton & Ford Village

Hall

Yapton & Ford Village

Hall

Walberton Sports

Pavilion

Regular shopping

trips

Yapton & Ford Village

Hall

Various

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

10.30-12.00

www.downland.org

Colin Morris - 01243 584274

Brian David - 01243 553635

First Monday each month

yaptonhistory.org.uk

Meg Brackley 07925 217843

villagefriends6@gmail.com

Clymping Village Hall clympingpetanque.simplesite.com

U3A - Arun West various u3asites.org.uk/arunwest/groups

BEADYS - St Wilfrid’s

Hospice Support Group

various Gill Kelly - 01243 552230

Five Village Society various Joanna Williams - 01243 551524

Samaritans 116 123

Citizens Advice

Operation Crackdown

Love West Sussex

Call FREE any time, day or night,

from any phone, anywhere

0344 477 1171 (0300 330 0650 from a mobile)

www.arunchichestercab.org.uk

Report anti-social driving or abandoned vehicles

www.operationcrackdown.org

Report highway matters incl. potholes, footway problems, etc.

www.lovewestsussex.gov.uk

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And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call

human history—money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution,

classes, empires, slavery—the long terrible story of man trying to

find something other than God which will make him happy.

CS Lewis, Mere Christianity

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Across

1 In David’s battle with the Arameans, 700 of these were killed (2 Samuel 10:18) (11)

9 ‘No — , impure or greedy person has any inheritance in the kingdom of

God’ (Ephesians 5:5) (7)

10 City on the banks of the River Nile (5)

11 Stamped addressed envelope (1,1,1)

13 Taverns (4)

16 ‘Be on your guard; stand — in the faith’ (1 Corinthians 16:13) (4)

17 ‘He will not always — , nor will he harbour his anger for ever’ (Psalm 103:9) (6)

18 Where the magi came from and what guided them (Matthew 2:1–2) (4,4)

20 Ancient Celtic alphabet of 20 characters (4)

21 She married Esau when he was 40 years old (Genesis 26:34) (6)

22 A great-grandson of Noah (Genesis 10:7) (4)

23 Title accorded to certain Roman Catholic clerics (abbrev.) (4)

25 ‘My house will be a house of prayer; but you have made it a — of robbers’

(Luke 19:46) (3)

28 Annie (anag.) (5)

29 Plead with (Zechariah 7:2) (7)

30 Tenth foundation of the new Jerusalem (Revelation 21:20) (11)

Down

2 ‘We have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by — hands’

(2 Corinthians 5:1) (5)

3 Uncommon excellence (Proverbs 20:15) (4)

4 ‘You have exalted my horn like that of a wild ox; fine — have been poured upon

me’ (Psalm 92:10) (4)

5 — Homo (‘Behold the Man’) (4)

6 ‘He has given proof of this to all men by — him from the dead’ (Acts 17:31) (7)

7 ‘Our — is in heaven’ (Philippians 3:20) (11)

8 ‘This is a day you are to — ’ (Exodus 12:14) (11)

12 Assault (Psalm 17:9) (6)

14 ‘Jesus found a young donkey and — upon it’ (John 12:14) (3)

15 Liverpool dialect (6)

19 ‘Remember the — day by keeping it holy’ (Exodus 20:8) (7)

20 Nineteenth-century German physicist after whom the unit of electrical resistance is

named (3)

24 Nazirites were not allowed to eat this part of a grape (Numbers 6:4) (5)

25 ‘If anyone would come after me, he must — himself and take up his cross and follow

me’ (Mark 8:34) (4)

26 Evil Roman emperor from AD54 to 68, responsible for condemning hundreds of

Christians to cruel deaths (4)

27 Triangle Where the - magi November came from 2021 and what guided them (Matthew 2:1–2) (4,4) Page 43


Sudoku Solutions

Easy

Harder

8.8 high

Crossword Answers

ACROSS: 1, Charioteers. 9, Immoral. 10, Cairo. 11, SAE. 13, Inns. 16, Firm.

17, Accuse. 18, East. 20, Ogam. 21, Judith. 22, Seba. 23, Msgr. 25, Den. 28, Inane.

29, Entreat. 30, Chrysoprase.

DOWN: 2, Human. 3, Rare. 4, Oils. 5, Ecce. 6, Raising. 7, Citizenship.

8, Commemorate. 12, Assail. 14, Sat. 15, Scouse. 19, Sabbath. 20, Ohm. 24, Seeds.

25, Deny. 26, Nero. 27, Star.

Safeguarding

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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Triangle

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

Editors.

¨ PP - Parish Pump.

¨ LICC - London Institute for

Contemporary Christianity

¨ BS - Bible Society

Articles from these sources are © cleared

and used with permission. Images come from

the editor’s personal collection or from various

copyright free sources. Images submitted by

readers are always very welcome.

Parochial Church Council

Meetings

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

Email: clympingvh@gmail.com

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

activities.

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

fridge).

The Large Hall has a stage, sound

system, bar and kitchen and is ideal for

parties, weddings, clubs and large

meetings.

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

www.yaptonhall.org

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CHURCH CONTACTS

You’ll find the Benefice Church Office at Yapton and Ford Village Hall

Mrs Kathy Draper

(Secretary)

Benefice website

Facebook

Usual opening hours: 9.15 am - 11.15 am

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Please call or email before visiting

t: 01243 553653 (answer phone at other times)

e: cyfoffice@tiscali.co.uk

Correspondence should be addressed to

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

Yapton, Arundel BN18 0EE.

www.cyfchurches.org.uk

cyfchurchesbenefice

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 45

LOCAL CONTACTS

Clymping

Parish Council

Yapton Parish

Council

Ford Parish

Council

Police

Community

Support Officer

Clerk: Nadine Phibbs, 25 Fittleworth Garden, Rustington BN17 3EW

T: 07776 194192

E: clympingpc@gmail.com W: www.clymping.org.uk

Clerk: Andrew Gardiner, 38 Ruskin Avenue,

Bognor Regis, PO21 5BW

T: 01243 859141, E: clerk@yaptonpc.gov.uk.

W: www.yaptonpc.gov.uk. 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: clerk@fordwestsussex-pc.gov.uk. W: www.ford.arun.gov.uk

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

email: 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk

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Ministry Team

Clergy

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

Readers

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

Mr Martin Draper 01243 553653

Clymping

Churchwardens

Mr Chris King - 01243 586963 Mr Kevin Swadling - 01243 820154

Verger

Mrs Wendy King 01243 586963

Treasurer

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

Churchwardens

Cdr. Rupert Head Mrs Bex Holden 07846 135221

Verger - Yapton

Verger - Ford

Vacant Mr David Donovan - 01903 726006

Treasurer - Mrs Annemarie Doick - 01243 554810

Choirs

Yapton Choir, Mrs Pam Pyle, 01243 553592

Ford Choir, Mrs Eileen Keough, 01243 552577

Sunday School - 2nd & 4th Sundays in term time

Esther Hunt 07773 095068

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Mud, mud, glorious mud!

Pupils from Yapton CofE Primary

School. See the article on page 39.

Revd Bill Garlick in his new

Preaching Scarf with

(LtoR) Susan Faber, Jean

Sprenkel and Juliet Fellick.

See the article on page 8.

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