We realised that something was going on around the villages but were not sure exactly what it was'. Now that we know we can only say a very humble thank you to everyone for the toys for our grandchildren. A large and magnificent slide has arrived together with two swings. So far the children have not seen them and we are eagerly awaiting their reactions. We have been very touched by the various kindnesses we have received over the past few weeks. It has been, as you can imagine, a very hard time for us all but we have been helped by the love and sympathy we have received from our friends in the area. To all of you we can only send a very warm and sincere thank—you.
The situation regarding the children at the moment is as follows. They have been cared for up to the present by their other - grandmother who came down from Newcastle.
At the moment they are away for a short holiday. Later in September Martin will be moving from Haywards Heath to Bexhill to be nearer his firm. His mother also hopes to move fairly near to him. The details of any arrangement have yet to be worked out but for the moment Pat and I are acting as a safety net to cover any breakdown in the arrangements. Over the various moves for example we will have the children with us and then we hope to have them for periods at a time.
Naturally we would have liked to have had the children with us all the time in the Vicarage but as people will imagine this is almost imposs¬ible. If we did than so much of what Pat does around the parish etc would have to given upwhich would be unfair to everyone. So we will have to be content to have them for weeks at a time.
Once more our sincere thanks to you all. God bless, BILL HILL
Last month's issue contained four extra pages and so this month may seem a little slimmer by comparison. As much as we would like to make each issue as fat and well nourished ac possible the question of cost enters into it. We hope in the near future to include some more advertisements and also any details of local societies which were left out of the original pages. This may well give us another couple of pages of news. Whatever its size we hope to give you something interesting to read each time !
A statement on the future of the Deanery News appears on another page together with some more about the newsletter.
Liam Andrew Godden was baptised at Lynsted Church on Sunday August 7th.
As I signed him with the sign of the Cross I wondered to myself how many children had been brought to the church for baptism since it was built. In seven hundred—odd years it must be quite a number.
The Deanery News to which many of our readers subscribe is ceasing publication at the end of the year. Like so many other magazines it has fallen a victim to rising costs and falling circulation. The Newsletter which is completely independent will continue and will be the means of communication from the churches of Norton, Lynsted and Kingsdown to the parishes. The Caterbury Diocesan Notes which some people take will continue and this will be delivered separately from the newsletter. Subscribers will be told how to pay their money and how they will receive their copies later in the year.
The 'inset', Home Words will no longer be issued as it was with the Deanery Magazine. We have considered ways and means of including it but all possible solutions were too complicated to be practical. In order to try to make up for the loss of it we are going to try to include a page or two of similar matter especially household items. So we will be looking for recipes, hints, tips, wrinkles etc to print. Ladies let us have something we can use. On another page we have made a modest beginning.
We regret to report the death of Dr Cecil Wall at the age of 74. Dr. Wall joined the local practice when he left the Army in 1946 and he remained in Teynham until his retirement in 1975. For the latter part of the time he shared the practice with Dr. Nash.
Next month the season of Harvest Festivals is upon us and we thought that readers would like. to have advance notice of the various services. The plans at the moment are:
NORTON October 2nd Mattins at 11.30 a.m. as usual The chief harvest Festival service will be at 6.30 p.m.
KINGSDOWN October 2nd Holy Communion at 9 a.m. as usual Harvest Festival service at 3 p.m.
LYNSTED October 9th. Sung Eucharist at 10 a.m. as usual.
Harvest Thanksgiving at 6 p.m. This will take the form of a Songs of Praise evening. Lots of hymns of thanksgiving for harvest.
NORTON SCHOOLS. Details of their festival will be announced via the children. As usual it will be hold in the school and the produce sold afterwards.
LYNSTED SCHOOL. Again date to be announced. We hope that the festival will take place in church but details will be given later.
HARVEST SUPPER AT LYNSTED. This will be on October 8th. Details of time, place and cost will be announced later.
Are we having one at Norton this year ?
The Society held its August show in the Labour Hall at Teynham on August 7th. There were not as many entries as usual and much blame was levelled at the weather for keeping things back. There was despite this much to admire (and envy !).
I am sure that there are many people in the area who should be members. The subscription is very modest and well worth it. Gardeners are friendly people (except in competition !) and no matter what your experience is you can still learn something from others. Speaking person¬ally I have learnt a tremendous lot from them. I started as a complete and utter fool hardly knowing a thing. In fact I divided flowers into two classes - roses and others. Still I am coming on. I will boast a little by saying my turnips took third prize – a modest triumph I know but an encouragement to other people. If the Vicar can do it so can others. The vicarage garden is a battleground – we wage war on carrot fly, flee beetle, mildew, rabbits, birds and about every pest and plague known to man. We battle on and get a great deal of help and encouragement from members of the Society.
If you wand to join get in touch with Mrs Ruck, 6 Station Road, Teynham or Alice Wyles 5 Cellar Hill.
The Milsted and Kingsdown Parish Council have been thinking of the boundaries. At the moment the situation at Kingsdown regarding both civil and ecclesiastical boundaries is somewhat confused not to mention Gilbertian. Poor George Washington for example lives in Tonge, is on Milsted and Kingsdown Parish Council, is churchwarden of Lynsted and Kingsdown and worships at Kingsdown. We understand it is possible in the space of a hundred yards to visit Lynsted, Kingsdown, Tonge and Doddington I The Vicar is responsible for those living on one side of the road and Mr Farthing of Bapchild for the other side. It makes life very difficult for people really do not know where
their-loyalties are. Kingsdown House is in Tonge. To return to poor George he is a member of the Ospringe Deanery Synod by virtue of his membership of Lynsted and Kingsdown parishes but he lives in the Deanery of Sittingbourne. Obviously boundaries must be somewhere and the lines must occasionally seem odd but the situation around Kingsdown seems odder than usual I Good luck to the Milsted and Kingsdown Parish Council for trying!
Andrew Washington and Anne Palmer were married at Rodmersham recently. It was a very happy occasion and the weather was kind which for 1977 is something ! Our prayers and good wishes to Anne and Andrew in their new life together.
As many people will have heard Norton Church was broken into on August 15/16. Keith had his usual choir practice and left the church around seven in the evening. The Rector happened to go into the church at 10 the following morning and found the building ran¬sacked. A window had been broken and not content with that the thieves had smashed the main door as well as the vestry door. The latter had been well and truly 'gone over' with everything thrown around and smashed open. The alms box had been broken open, Keith's box of music scattered around, curtains torn down and it was obvious that a frantic search for valuables had taken place. The most serious lose was the candlabra which had recently been installed to replace the one stolen some years ago. The present one had been a gift of Mr and Mrs Robert Boucher. It was an antique solid brass, three light piece that weighed around sixty pounds. The chain holding it up had been snapped and considerable force had been used.
This is the latest in a series of thefts from churchs which have taken place recently in the area. Whoever is doing it probably makes a preliminary reconnaissance so please will everyone near Lynsted and Kingsdown churches be on their guard for seeing anything unusual. Not even locked doors seem to stop this particular gang and so vigilance is one of our main defences.
We have always been pleased to leave Lynsted Church open during the day but the P.C.C. will have to give careful thought as to whether we can continue this in the future.
The annual clay shoot was held at Sandown,, London Road on August 20th. A good number of guns turned up
although we had hoped for a few more. Those that were there enjoyed themselves and destroyed a satisfactory
number of clays. The weather was kind although a little on the cold side which led to a run on the hot tea provided.
The competition was keenly contested and there had to be a shoot—off to decide the winners. These were
Across the line: Henry Farley
Down the line: Fred Saxby
Highest total of the day: Gordon Goodhew
Club Trophy of the year: Gordon Goodhew
Our congratulations to the winners and condolences to the losers.
The result (final figures yet to come) was that the Norton Village Hall is over £30 better off.
Our thanks to John Hall and his club for the ballistic arrangements and to Mesdames Wood, Snoad, Tilton and Hill for the refreshments. Mr. Rex Boucher kindly lent us the field for the afternoon and we hope that his
raspberries did not suffer too much from clays and cartridge cases
STOP PRESS: On another page we asked if Norton had plans for a Harvest supper. Between vollies of shots
plans were being made for the event. Details to be announced later.
Some of these Newsletter may be delivered before Bank Holiday Monday. If so may we remind you of the Lynsted Fete which will be held on the School Playing Field as usual. As usual there will be plenty to do and plenty to buy.
A lot of hard work has gone as usual into it and we hope to have as many present as possible. There should be a new look this year with some new stalls which have been built by Bill Rogers and Fred Smith. Various ladies, Mrs Baker, Mrs Nash and Mrs Clark have been working all the year with their needles and you can see (and buy) the results of their labours. The young people in the village are taking a larger part this year and we are all very grateful to them for what they are doing.
A full report in next month's issue.
The new series started in August. The first winners were: Mr.J.Doe of Doddington Garage, Mrs Fox of Oxford House, Lynsted and Mrs Braham of Medlar House, Lynsted. The next draw will be in the Black Lion at 9 p.m. on September 6th.
The first meeting of the new session will be on Tuesday October 4th at 7.30 p.m. Please note the changed time. By moving the time from afternoon to evening we hope that more people will be able to attend. This month the programme is a service in Lynsted Church followed by tea and biscuits in the Vicarage.
Anyone is welcome to come to the meetings and we hope to see some new faces.
We have had a note from Amy Sutton to thank us for the note of Harry's death which appeared in our last issue. She also sent us a donation for which we send her thanks.
The annual appeal for Help the Aged will be on Tuesday and Wednesday 13th and 14th September. With each copy of the newsletter there should be a leaflet telling you all about it. Please respond.
We have been recommended Oil of Eucalyptus as a certain method of removing tar from children (and dogs) Since arming ourselves with a bottle we have not had occasion to use it. Has anyone else tried it ?
Someone in East Anglia gave the Vicar some bean seed described as 'black beans'. He planted it in faith and a small crop of dwarf, small—sized runner beans are appearing. These are a shiny black. Has anyone met them before ? If so how do you cook them ?
This is the modest beginning of our household page. Please Ladies let us have something for next month.
BAD NEWS FROM NORTON
As we were going to press we learnt of the sudden death of Charles Dixon of The Trefoil. To Sybil and her family we offer our love and sympathy.
4th Holy Communion. Kingsdown 9 a.m.
Sung Eucharist. Lynsted 10 a.m.
Matting. Norton. 11.30 a.m.
7th Schools begin
8th Nativity of St. Mary. Holy Communion
Lynsted 9 a.m.
11th Holy Communion. Norton 9 a.m.
Sung Eucharist Lynsted 10 a.m. Family Service Kingsdown 3 p.m.
13th Help the Aged Appeal
14th Help the Aged Appeal
18th Holy Communion Lynsted 8 a.m.
Sung Eucharist Lynsted 10 a.m.
Holy Communion Norton 11.30 a.m. Evensong. Kingsdown 3 p.m.
20th Lynsted Parish Council.
21st St. Matthew. Holy Communion Lynsted ..9 a.m.
Lynsted P.C.C. 8 p.m. Vicarage
25th Holy Communion Norton 9 a.m.
Sung Eucharist. Lynsted 10 a.m. Evensong. Kingsdown 3 p.m. Evensong. Norton 6.30 p.m.
29th St. Michael and All Angels.
Holy Communion Lynsted 9 a.m.
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