We’ve done it again! Just as I was finally putting this edition to bed, I discovered one of the early items that had been sent to me was not in and my carefully (?) prepared item for these first pages has had to be sacrificed!!
By the time this appears we will have held our Quiz and Cuisine event at Norton (on 27th October), will have enjoyed a good social evening and made a nice sum for the local branch of the British Heart Foundation.
As we move towards the end of the year, we will be completing our social programme for 2007 with our Cottage Pie Lunch early in November and our Christmas Lunch on Saturday, 1st December; arrangements for both these events are now in place.
Perhaps one of the most significant developments in our branch’s history has been occupying our Treasurer, Jim Hopkins’ time recently. He has worked very hard to move our information and communications systems out of the Dark Ages and into the bright sunlight of the modern technological world(!) by creating a branch website. This will provide news and information about the branch, about our Association more widely and much, much more besides.
Visit the Website – you will find much of interest, something to amuse you and, even, a few surprises.
Promises so far..............
1. Flamboyant Local artist, Jennifer Stitchbury, offers a striking original con-temporary work of art based on Gustav Klimt’s famous work, ‘The three Ages of Woman’ containing 22ct gold leaf detail – created especially for this
auction – a real investment. Estimated value
2. Arrive in style at that special occasion, or just enjoy a romantic trip out for two – as Julian & Kate Hopper offer a chauffeur driven trip in their 1933 Wolseley Landaulette (open top weather permitting) within a 15 mile radius of Doddington. Estimated value £180
3. Professional Martial Arts instructor Simon White offers 3 hours of Jeet Kune Do Kung Fu Martial Arts instruction, for a group or individual aged 6 - 60yrs. ‘Jeet Kune Do is the martial arts philosophy created by the late, great Bruce Lee.’ Your 3 hrs instruction can include one or all of the following arts, depending on the winner’s wishes:
Time & venue to be arranged – evenings or weekends excluding Mondays and Tuesdays. Estimated value £150
4. Relax while your garden undergoes some beauty treatment. Let ‘Big Tim and Muscle-man Pete’ come armed for 3 hours with chainsaw, strimmer, mower and trailer to tackle the tangles and cut back the chaos! Esti mated value £80
5. Your black, 7 seater, chauffeur-driven limo with grey leather interior awaits, to glamorously glide you and your guests to and from the destina¬tion of your choice in either Maidstone or Canterbury. Evening or weekend . Estimated value £200
6. Look forward to a luxury homemade Christmas pudding for 6, made espe-cially to order by Delia’s rival, Kate Hopper. Estimated value £30
7. A 13 seater minibus is yours for the day, to solve all those party transport problems or give family and friends a fun day out. Insured for any driver over the age of 21 holding full clean licence. Estimated value £50
8. Trip to ‘The Barnyard’, Gore Farm, Upchurch. The winning individual or couple will be escorted to spend an enjoyable hour or so perusing the wonderful array of quality foods, local produce, dairy, crafts and gifts on sale, as well as being treated to tea/coffee & cakes in the ‘Snoring Owl’ restaurant, before being returned safely to their door. What a treat for anyone – but an ideal gift for an elderly person/couple restricted by lack of transport. Estimated value £30
9. Relax by the sea – spend a glorious week in ‘La Corniche’; a family style chalet, with your own veranda and fabulous views, on the Pembroke¬shire coast, one minute from the beach. Pets welcome. Sleeps 6. Great for walkers. Dates available in April, May, June, July, September – to be arranged with successful bidder. Estimated value £250
10. Introduction to Bee-keeping – learn about this fascinating pass-time in two x one & a half hour introductory sessions. Protective clothing provided. Available weekday or weekend - to be arranged – between March and May.
11. Weekend B&B wake up to a delicious full English breakfast at the delightful and historical Forge Cottage, Lynsted. Available for Friday and Saturday nights. Estimated value £80
12. Iced Christmas fruit cake – look forward to a real homemade luxury this Christmas. Estimated value £30
13. Sail on a traditional Whitstable Oyster Smack – a perfect day trip for 4 people, sailing from Gillingham down the river Medway aboard ‘Thistle’; a pure sailing vessel powered by wind and tide alone – the day includes breakfast and lunch. Estimated value £200
14. Christmas Gift wrapping! Charlotte promises to take 20 of your in¬tended Christmas presents, and return them to you stylishly wrapped and labelled. Offer includes all ribbon and wrappings. Estimated value £30
These are the promises that have been generously offered so far! But we need many more....
If YOU have a promise you could offer, please ring Jo NOW on ######. We look forward to hearing from you.
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From Charlotte & Simon White - Bogle Cottage, Lynsted Lane
We would like to express our warm and sincere thanks to all members of the congregation, friends and family who attended the Christening of our twins, Samuel and Evelyn, during the Harvest Festival service on Sunday 23rd September at Lynsted Church
We were overwhelmed at how kind and supportive everyone was, both in the run up to the service, and on the day itself. It was a wonderful service, which we all thoroughly enjoyed - particularly the babies, as those who heard their enthusiastic singing will testify!
As David alluded to in last months magazine - the buffet after the service was a indeed a veritable feast, but one which we can take little credit for. In fact, neighbours, friends and family (some of whom travelled a great distance to be with us) all brought with them something delicious on a plate which made up the spread (catering for 100 is a bit beyond a frazzled mum of twins these days!).
In particular, we would like to mention our thanks to: Revd Gordon Sherwood - for all his help in arranging the ceremony (we got there in the end!), for such lovely words and for accommodating us within what was already an action packed service.
We will cherish the memories of such a special day, spent with such wonderful people
May God bless you all
Charlotte and Simon
Three local Lynsted girls celebrated a hat trick victory at a Kent Gymnastic Competition at Swallows in Sittingbourne the other week. Martha Webb, Niamh Finlay and Dervla Finlay all competed in floor and vault against teams from Kent and won their respective age categories. The girls have to complete a one and half minute solo floor routine and later use the springboard to execute varying vault techniques. All three girls are members of Faversham Gym Club.
“Remember, remember the 5th of November. Gunpowder, treason and plot.” Perhaps it’s just me but is there anyone else that mourns the loss of the celebration of Guy Fawkes Night? I can’t get very enthusiastic about Halloween. I know it’s history is steeped in Celtic folklore but it seems to have been so Americanised and commercialised. OK, Guy Fawkes Night started to get out of hand, but at least it prompted a yearly school lesson about an exciting, and particularly gory, part of our history.
It was a huge event in my calendar. Firstly there was the trip to Woolworths to by the papier mache mask for the Guy. It cost 3d and came in either orange, purple, red or green, I always chose purple. Of course the mask had to be worn all the way home which usually meant a few near misses on kerb stones as I tried to see out of the pin hole eyes. It would be worn all evening, only reluctantly moved to the top of my head to allow me to eat supper. Eventually, a slightly soggy mask would be hung on the bedpost to allow the condensation to dry out. Making a Guy was always a problem. Being a child of the (just) post rationing “make do and mend” era I was actually wearing the old clothes we had. But somehow Mum always managed to find a pair of pyjamas for us to stuff with newspaper. I couldn’t wait for it to get dark and was so excited when the very carefully stored, and tiny, box of fireworks was finally brought out into the garden by my Father. The bonfire would then be lit and the usual routine would start. First you had to discard the Jumping Jacks. These were considered highly dangerous by my Mum because of their unpredictable trajectory. Next the lighting of the Catherine Wheel. This usually spun round twice, came to an abrupt halt and set fire to the fence post. Then Roman Candles and, my favourite, the Fountains. Rockets, with our address neatly written on the stick, would be despatched from a milk bottle. Finally the sparklers and the obligatory writing of your name in mid air. This was OK for my older brother who would write “Peter” in the air with a certain flourish. Not yet of an age for “joined up writing” there wasn’t a sparkler big enough to finish printing “Elisabeth” so I found comfort in abstract art. The next morning I would wake to a wonderfully sulphurous smelling “Pea Souper”. Probably the only day I was up early for school as I needed to be the first to walk through the pear orchard (now sadly a housing estate) to find the rocket sticks with a partially scorched address on it.
Sorry, this is supposed to be a Recipe File isn’t it? What I was getting round to was the tradition of baking things in the bonfire. This was always a treat. You couldn’t beat a baked potato served straight from the bonfire. Sadly in this day and age putting a potato straight into the bonfire and then eating it, along with all the coal and ashes that were stuck to the skin, would probably be frowned upon. So here is a method you can use to still enjoy a baked potato from a bonfire in a way that won’t have me reprimanded by the HSE or the Food Standards Agency. Although no doubt the latter wouldn’t agree with the addition of the salt.
In my day this was accompanied by a large glass of hot Ribena (yuck, I only like it cold), but now that I am slightly over 18 a mulled wine or even better a glass of Smoking Bishop (as described in my February Recipe File) would do very nicely thank you!
Although it is hard to say just what our weather is going to be like at any time of year, I am assuming that November will bring us our first feel of winter. We have a huge supply of logs ready for the fire and the log burner so no doubt it will be the mildest winter on record. Just as I have forced myself to eat salads during a chilly summer, I will be eating my favourite winter dishes no matter what. If you care to join me and my “Official Taster” I can recommend this recipe which was given to me by a friend and quickly became a favourite winter weekend treat. Served with potato and celeriac mash allows you to soak up all of the rich juices.
|2 venison steaks||¼ oz (5g) butter|
|5 fl oz (150 ml) Guinness||½ tablespoon olive oil|
|1¼ fl oz (35ml) ruby port||1 small onion, sliced|
|4½oz (125g) pickled walnuts, drained and halved||1 heaped teaspoon plain flour|
|1 clove garlic, crushed||Salt and freshly milled black pepper|
|1 bay leaf||Sprig of thyme|
Don’t forget Sunday 23rd November is “Stir-up Sunday” when you should be making your Christmas Puddings. If you need a good recipe I can recommend my favourite available on www.lynsted.com/recipes. This month will see me busy in the kitchen making jam for the family Christmas hampers from the summer fruit stored away in the freezer. I shall then stash away mince pies and sausage rolls in the resulting space. I’m already looking forward to January when there should be a bit of a lull in my kitchen!
Teynham Library has details of a RAW story writing competition, which is open to adults over 18. It is part of the BBC Read & Write campaign, and the library will have books which you can borrow to read with your children, featuring the characters Max and Lara. Best stories will be made into a book, and there are also cinema tickets to be won.
Bookcrawl started on October 1st, and only 4 stamps are needed to complete this years reading trail, in order to gain a certificate for children under four years old. One stamp is given on each visit to the library, and children can complete the scheme as many times as they like, as there are lots of different designs of certificate, all beautifully drawn, with animals and birds. If you haven’t yet joined, it is well worth it!
Heather visited Lynsted and Norton Primary School to give out the medals and certificates for those children who completed the Big Wild Read – Summer Reading Scheme during the school summer holidays this year. Well done to those people!
Opening Hours are:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday – 2 -5pm
Tuesday & Thursday 9.30am – 12
Friday – Closed
Saturday 10pm – 12
If you need any more information please contact Heather Thompson 01795 521674
This is a free, confidential and impartial service for people over 60 living in the Swale area who are undergoing transition/change in their lives and require support to enable increased choice and control. This will be delivered by 3 structured interventions over a maximum 6-week period through a Personal Action Plan. After a client has been referred/Signposted I will meet with them in their own home to discuss their need/problem. I will then investigate and provide a list of potential options for the client to consider, they can then make an informed choice on how they would like to proceed. Finally I will have an exit interview with the client to make sure they are satisfied that the problem/need has been resolved or they have been sign posted to an alterative service.
The service can be accessed through various sources such as GP’s, Social Services, Signposting by other statutory/non statutory services, carer/relative or self-referral. Exclusions to the service are people deemed unable/incapable of making an informed decision due to their mental health status, people seeking long-term support and people seeking an advocacy service.
The service will:
Care Navigator - Swale
Age Concern Faversham
Hedgehogs could well be in hibernating by now. They often start around mid November. However if there are still some visiting your garden it could be that they want to fatten up a little more before the really cold weather sets in. They hibernate because in the cold weather the ground is hard and the slugs, snails and worms are less easy to find. This is unfortunate because they are trying to fatten up when there is less food and they actually want more food than usual. Putting out that extra dish of food can be a lifesaver. If you are not sure whether a hedgehog is visiting you could put down some dry cat biscuits. These can be left down for longer as they do not go off so quickly as tinned food. The really small ones will starve or become very ill if they do not get enough food. If you have any doubts or worries about your visiting hedgehogs do ring the BHPS (contact details are below) it is better to be safe than sorry.
For more advice on helping the small hedgehogs at this time of year visit the British Hedgehog Preservation Society’s web site at www.britishhedgehog.org.uk - click on FAQ and Leaflets and then click on the Autumn Juvenile leaflet.
If you find a hedgehog in trouble or want some advice about them contact the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, Hedgehog House, Dhustone, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 3PL tel. 01584 890801 (there is an answer phone out of hours directing you to carers for advice and a local contact) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or send an SAE to receive a free booklet about autumn juveniles or making your garden safer for hedgehogs.
Bill, an only child, was born in Kennington, London. His father was employed as a bespoke boot and shoe-maker for a shop in The Strand.
Bill’s early life was spent in and around The Oval. He attended Archbishop Tennison’s Grammar School and from his school reports we can see that he did rather badly in arithmetic but was marked as good in English and Scripture. His lifelong interest in cricket, and particularly Surrey CC was initiated whilst at school and he saw many of the great pre-war Surrey players from the roof of the school. Bill also claimed to have had a trial for Surrey as a junior, wreaking havoc with his googly.
Having achieved his school certificate the war intervened and he was called into service and served in the Meteorology section of the RAF. He was based in Catterick but did cross the sea for a short spell in Gibraltar. Whilst there, his interest in music surfaced and he entered a music competition and achieved second place in the composition section with a piece entitled “Music be the food for love”. The certificate and the piece both survive.
After the war Bill took up a post as Assistant Librarian at Guy’s Hospital and progressed to the position as the Wills Librarian, a role in which he excelled. He built up the medical library to be one of the best of the London hospitals and was nationally renowned for his knowledge and expertise.
During all these years Bill worshipped at St John the Divine, Kennington, serving as a choirboy, an Altar boy and then as a Server and Churchwarden. It was there that he met Pat, who was to become his wife and they married and settled in Brixton. They had two children Prue and Nick and kept a succession of pets of various sizes.
Bill’s abiding interest in The Church led him to hear a calling, and he therefore decided to undertake the Southwark Ordination Course. He studied on a part time basis and achieved a pass in 1967 with an award for producing the best essay. His intention was to continue in his job and to become a part time Chaplain to the Hospital. This however failed to take off so he resigned from Guy’s and took up a Curacy at St. Mary’s Welling. He then moved for a spell at St Luke’s Reigate before taking up his post in 1976 at Lynsted, with Kingsdown and Norton. He remained there until his retirement in 1987. These years were his most fulfilling and he never lost his gratitude to all those who worked beside him to help develop the church. He became a pillar of the local community and started a parish magazine that continues to this day.
His retirement years in Bridport proved to be anything but quiet and he continued to work for the local parish as well as taking services in some of the remote villages. As always he was very popular and much loved by all those he came into contact with.
Never one to be idle, he found time to build up a fine collection of Commonwealth stamps, become a conductor for the local choral group, give musical lectures to the Bridport Music Society, become Chaplain for the Bridport branch of the Royal Naval Association, write three books, and an autobiography. His book on Dorset men at Trafalgar revealed his lifelong interest in Horatio Nelson whilst the other titles reflected his knowledge of church history. His last work on Bishop Giles de Bridport was completed shortly before death.
After Pat’s death he moved into a local Abbeyfield housing scheme and for the last two years he lived in Brackley, Northants to be near to his son, where he spent time with his grandchildren and re-kindling his interest in model railways and was enjoying building an N guage layout of Savernake Junction in Wiltshire.
Bill was an exceptional man and will always be remembered by those who came into contact with him. His humility, his kindness, his humour and his dedication were his credentials. I believe we are all better for having known him.
As editor I am grateful to Bill’s son Nick for the above.
(I now write this as one of his churchwardens ). Bill came to our parishes in 1976 and soon became well known and well liked throughout the parishes in his charge. He had a rapport with both young and old as well as those in between. (Who will forget the group of youngsters describing themselves as Hill’s Angels?) The sick and those bereaved during his ministry remember with affection his counselling and loving care during their troubles. He was popular with non-churchgoers as well as those who attended worship. He was our last ’hands-on’ priest but nevertheless was instrumental in making us realise that in future we would have to share our priests with many more parishes and much of what we expected our priest to do we would then have to do for ourselves. Even after he retired he took a great interest in what was going on in his old parishes and came back to see us a few times, but of course he leaves us with our News Letter. At the time it was almost unique in that he covered the whole of life in the parishes not just the church life. Now of course many parishes and communities have such magazines and we are not alone.
During the week 8th -12th October we were to be seen at the hospital selling books, jigsaws , homemade jams and chutney and we raised £400; we now need more jigsaws and books (especially children’s) to replace those sold.
From 3rd to 7th December we will have a Bric-Brac Sale and offers of good quality Bric-Brac would be most welcome.
The Concert by the Sheppey Singers was held on 20th October I will give a report on this event in next months News Letter. . .
Notice of our AGM: This will be held on at 2 pm om 27th November at.Phoenix House Central Ave Sittingbourne.
We have been given several top of the range Pre-Digital cameras, Chinon, Nikon, Olympus, and a range of photographic accessories .We offer them to anyone in exchange for a donation to the Friends of Sittingbourne Memorial Hospital.
For information regarding the Hospital Friends (perhaps you would
like to join us and help at our fund raising events) contact Myra Scott ########
Friends of Sittingbourne Memorial Hospital
The long awaited day for the Lynsted with Kingsdown Society hedge-laying demonstration went ahead as planned on Tuesday 9th October in some of the wettest weather this year. It was however both interesting and fun. The event took place in Cambridge Lane where it is intended to lay the whole of ‘Millennium Hedge’, planted in 1997, during the winter months.
In torrential rain fifteen members and friends turned out to find out from John Flower, expert hedge-layer, how to lay a hedge in the traditional manner. This will help it to grow stronger and in time make it stock proof. It can be alarming to see a billhook brought down on a living trunk and the previously upright plant then almost flattened but the end results will be very worthwhile. Stakes and binders are used to provide stability and to give a very professional finish.
Some, wisely, watched the demonstration and then retired, presumably to return on a better day, whilst ten of us stayed to get things going. We managed to lay about 30 yards before we needed to call it a day, billhooks and axes with wet handles can be dangerous.
The aim is to arrange other work days, probably weekends, to finish the job and we now have enough people able to lead these days. The next is scheduled for Saturday 10th November from 10.00am – 4.00pm if you can spend an hour or two.
The Society now has a number of the necessary tools at its disposal. Special thanks must go to Mrs M Bartlett who kindly donated a billhook to the project and Ken Diamond and Frank Champion who provided useful tools for the event.
Thanks also go to Eddie & Barbara Read for allowing us to work from their field which enabled us to work safely on the hedge.
What next, well, we need to lay the remaining 150 yards or so over the rest of the autumn and winter so forget about wasting money on gym memberships, get along to Cambridge Lane and enjoy yourselves in the fresh air and learn something new, you may even be able to use it in your own gardens.
To find out how to get involved contact Bob Baxter, John Jackson, Neil Anderson
Cherry Day 2008 - Photography Competition
We are inviting all those interested in entering our competition to take photographs of Park Farm Cherry Orchard during the coming year.
There will be 2 categories:
Category 1: photographs of the Orchard at any point during the year - it could be autumn, winter, spring or summer.
Category 2: photographs of an Orchard event - Cherry Day this year, Hallowe’en or Blossom Day.
Entries for each category will be collected in July, displayed and judged at Cherry Day 2008.
There will be a Children’s section for each of the above categories.
The winning entries will be used to create notelets and a calendar featuring the Orchard.
Regular reminders about the competition will appear in future issues of this news letter.
Lynsted with Kingsdown Parish Council
Tue 6 Coffee Pop in: Norton Village hall 10.30 am to noon (see page 63
Wed 7 Women’s |Institute Annual Meeting: Community Hall 2.15 pm
(1 pm for Ploughman’s Lunch) see page 39
Sat 10 Lynsted with Kingsdown Society Hedge-laying : Cambridge Lane 10 am—4 pm (See page 25)
Sat 10 NextRiver Praise: Lynsted Church 6.30 pm (see page26)
Wed 14 DEADLINE for December issue
Wed 14 Church Cleaning Working Party: Lynsted Church 9.15 am (see page 7)
Thu 15 Drones meet: Black Lion from noon (see page 57)
Sat 17 Quiz: Norton Village Hall: 7.45 pm (see page66)
Sat 24 Christmas Craft Fayre: Greenstreet Methodist Church noon to 4 pm
(see page 63)
Sat 24 Auction of Promises: Doddington Village Hall (see pages 4 & 45)
Tue 27 Friends of Meorial AGM: Phoenix House 2 pm (see page 23)
Sat 1 Men of Kent Christmas Lunch: Dover Castle
Sat 1 “The Emperor’s New Clothes” Norton Village hall 5 pm
(see page 67)
Mon 3 Friends of ‘Memorial’ Bric-a-brac sale starts: Memorial Hospital
(see page 23)
Fri 7 Friends of ‘Memorial’ Bric-a-brac sale ends: Memorial Hospital
(see page 23)
Sat 8 Newnham Christmas Fair: Newnham Village Hall 10 am to 2 pm (see page 58)
Sat 8 Norton Christmas fair: Norton Village hall 10 am to 2 pm
(see page 66)
Wed 18 Church Cleaning Working Partt: Lynsted Church 9.15 am (see page 7)
Mrs.Ann Diamond, the President, welcomed members to the October meeting of Lynsted-w-Teynham W.I. We were glad to hear that Nancy Spears was now home from hospital. We were sorry to hear that Biddie Willis had broken her wrist, a get-well card has been sent, along with our best wishes. Three members had attended the Group Meeting at Newnham W.I. and the members who had attended the Autumn Day at the Alexander Centre in Faversham, had a very enjoyable day. Two of our members, Ann Diamond and Jean Stainton, were fashion models at the Fashion Show at St. Margaret’s, this was a very popular event and after their initial nervousness, the two models thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Future dates to remember are, an Autumn Walk round Faversham on the 9th October and Gloria Fox will be holding a Coffee Morning on the 10th October. There will be a Ploughman’s Lunch before the Annual Meeting in November; this will start at 1pm. The Christmas Lunch will be on the 19th December, members who wish to attend should put their name on the list.
Joyce Brightman and Marian Cook served refreshments. Ann Diamond then introduced the speaker Mrs. Ann Martin. Mrs. Martin gave a talk on Handmade Cards. A number of different methods were demonstrated, Peel-offs, Three dimension, Decoupage and Iris folding, we were shown some lovely small gift boxes. Mrs. Joyce Brightman thanked Mrs. Martin on behalf of the members.
The winner of the competition for a handmade card was Barbara Skelton; a Chrysanthemum entered by Barbara Dale won the flower of the month competition.
The next meeting is on the 7th November 2.15pm at the Community Hall, 1pm for the Ploughman’s Lunch
What we do
Our mission is to fight poverty through trade, practising and promoting approaches to trade that help poor people in developing countries transform their lives.
Established in 1979 as a Christian response to poverty, we combine a trading company and a development charity. We are the UK’s leading fair trade organisation and we run development programmes in some of the poorest countries in the world campaigning in the UK and internationally. We build lasting relationships with producers, support people to trade out of poverty to bring about trade justice.
Every second, third and fourth Sundays at the Service at Lynsted Church of St Peter & St Paul, we run a Fairtrade sales stall where you can support Traidcraft by purchasing a wide variety of quality goods. To see the selection available, come to the next Sunday service an/or visit the Traidcraft web site below. Make a note of the product number and simply contact me, David Wood, to place your order. I aim to place an order well before Advent when Advent Calendars will make up part of the consignment.
Traidcraft fights poverty through trade, helping people in developing countries to transform their lives
Once in a while Wychling, out on the southern most tip of our ‘benefice’ does not get as many services as the rest of it so when there is a service there we tend to ‘make a day of it’. The first service after we had put the last issue to bed was one such service at Wychling; it was a ‘benefice’ service and was also their harvest festival. It was lovely to have the chance of a service again in this lovely old church. As far as I could see all the parishes of the benefice were represented there – which was a good thing as I was able to give those from Norton their batch of News Letters.
Progress of sorts The next evening saw me at our regular ’Men of Kent’ committee meeting and the next day saw me at the Memorial Hospital to .see a charming lady about my chest problems which in reality turn out to be heart problems. I always seem a bit of a fraud on these occasions as in reality I hardly ever feel ill and the only indications that there is something wrong arise out of various tests. Anyway over an hour of probing questions and a few more tests she was able to indicate the way forward. If they could only sort out my leg problems so easily.! I’ve come to the conclusion that the only part of me that is now working properly in a mechanical sense is the leg with a new hip in it!
Across the Border One of the events I like to get to if I can (assuming I remember) is Norton’s Harvest Supper which they hold early in October in their village Hall. This year I both remembered and was available to join our friends in Norton at their annual celebration. As usual it was a happy occasion.
Across another Border Another enjoyable event which has been held for a few years now is Graham and Liz Cuthbert’s Coffee Morning and Baked Potato Lunch which they hold in the Hostel adjacent to their farm.in Doddington – all in aid of our Malawi project, the committee for which Graham is now a very active member, Although attendance was down on earlier years they made a tidy sum which will be revealed when, I hope, the event is reported upon elsewhere in the News letter.
Even further afield There was just time after this event to watch some of England’s rugby match, with its excellent result, then make myself a cup of coffee with time, also, to pour this coffee over my recently cleaned trousers and still giving myself time to change ready for the men of Kent’s team we had promised to enter for the Whitstable lifeboat’s Wine and Wisdom‘s evening, an event we support each year. This as usual was a most enjoyable evening in which in spite of a disastrous start we finished second!
Something old and something new Although I appeared to have a full diary the following two weeks gradually things got cancelled or postponed. A routine visit to the doctor’s, a visit from the chiropodist and the arrival of our dreaded deadline was all tht remained of my diary until the concert or gig (I am not too well up in today’s jargon– I feel that as soon as I have learned what I think is the ‘cool’ thing to say, somebody changes it!) at Norton Village Hall on the Friday. A programme of music which for me was hard to categorise. was not as well attended as the organisers would have wished (although I gather they did not make a loss. I must confess that I was not fully familiar with all of the types o music. I am however very fond of the saxophone which was, of course, a fundamental ingredient of the popular music of my day although not always acceptable by the musical purists of the time. Many of the items were sympathetically accompanied by this instrument by a young lady whose name we were told but which I must confess I cannot remember. I must say however I could not come to terms with the other instrument she played; This was a sort of electronic wind instrument which was I believe supposed to ‘synthesise, amongst other things, the sound of the saxophone. To my ear it failed lamentably to do do any such thing and did not appear to add anything to thr finished product musically speaking. Nevertheless there was the saxophone sometimes to make up for it!
Farewell to Bill The following Sunday many of his old parishioners attended the communion service at Norton at the end of which were interred the Ashes of Bill Hill. It was good to meet Bill’s son Nick and his wife Cathy. It is some twenty y3ars since Bill retired and left us to live in Dorset. In those years so many who remember Bill have left our parishes for pastures and many, of course, have left this world all together. Nevertheless It was nice to see as many as there were at the service.
Tina, as she was always known, was born on 17th March 1947, to Flo and Arthur Phipps. Her family then lived on the Lynsted side of London Road in a house on the site Don Matson was later to build his house and two shops.
She was Flo and Arthur’s eldest daughter; she had one older brother, two younger brothers and a younger sister. She went to Lynsted School and later when she started work at Lowe’s Dog Food factory in Sittingbourne in the early sixties she met Vic Golding and after a two year courtship married him in Lynsted Church in 1966.
On their marriage they moved into a house in Batteries Close where they raised three sons, Anthony, Paul and Malcolm and a daughter, Caroline. Christina worked for many years on the land, including twenty years for Leslie French. For many years until she retired she also worked for Coolchain.
Christina loved to go to Bingo once a week in spite of not actually winning a lot!. She was a very social person and loved spending time with her many friends. She was good with hair and loved doing people’s hair. In fact almost every Monday night some of her friends would call and the evening was spent shampooing and perming and of course ’nattering’ as Vic puts it
Christina died after a short illness on 18th June and her funeral and cremation took place on 29th June.
To her Vic, her children, Anthony Paul, Malcolm and Caroline and her many friends who will miss her, our thoughts and prayers go out at this sad time.
Monday comes round again and I think about suggesting to Brenda that we drive out into the countryside and make the most of the remaining fine weather before winter comes. But then I abandoned the idea: didn’t I see some statistics that revealed more road accidents occur on Mondays? The reason given was that after an enjoyable weekend break workers resented having to face the daily routine again and tended to lack concentration in their driving. At least I think Monday was danger day on the roads – or it could have been Friday. I seem to remember hearing figures quoted on the radio showing increased accident rates because drivers on Poets (push off early - tomorrow’s Saturday) Day weren’t focussing on the road because they were too busy eagerly hurrying home with thoughts of weekend plans. I decided to play safe and opt for Tuesday as our day out.
Life today bemuses, bothers and bewilders me. There’s conflicting information regarding what we can or cannot eat or drink; pronouncements on personal health and lifestyle; warnings about certain or possible dangers from new viruses; financial predictions that set our minds at rest by telling us that the country’s economy is sound but others which foresee boom and bust disaster . . . there’s no end to speculation drummed up by self-appointed experts. These Jeremiahs seem bent on making life as miserable as possible for everyone. It’s a case of interference, interference, interference – particularly in family life, where parents are being advised on how to bring up their children by people in many cases without a family of their own – great when it comes to theory but with no practical experience.
Politicians hammer on about the two topics of the moments - obesity and global warming – no doubt hoping that this will turn our minds away from the issues that really concern us in daily life. The prize goes to the health minister linked the two together with the ludicrous claim that in the future obesity in Britain will be as much of a problem as global warming. I don’t follow his line of reasoning: is it just me or am I missing something vital here?
It’s enough to drive you to drink. Aha, but you can’t just resort to having a tipple to help ease the stress of living in these depressing times; just around the corner there’s always the results of a survey or the findings of a report quoted by busybodies determined to deny us another of life’s little pleasures. But then again, particularly as far as alcohol is concerned, advice is contradictory. Experts can’t agree among themselves. One moment we’re told that drinking red wine moderately is good for us, but soon after we find that opinion has reversed and just a sniff of the cork is bound to cause lasting problems for the future. Just recently women were urged to give up alcohol completely during pregnancy, but now it turns out that one or two drinks won’t do any harm to them or their baby. Drinking spirits is a no-no for anyone according to certain health reports, although the opinion in some medical circles is that Scotch in moderation benefits the circulation.
It’s not much help seeking guidance from the Good Book; you’ll find that from biblical times there were just as many conflicting views on drink. In the First Epistle to Timothy, St Paul advises: ‘Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.’ Although in Ephesians he warns: ‘Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess.’ The Book of Proverbs is quite definite on the subject: ‘Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging; and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise’ and follows this up with ‘Look not upon wine when red’ and warns ‘Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh’. So you can take your pick.
At present the self righteous are targeting those who enjoy relaxing with a glass of wine in the evening after a day at work. They tell us to ignore the binge drinking of the young who are taking advantage of extended licensing hours (the government’s naive attempt to create a so-called ‘café society’ culture); and urge us to concentrate instead on the supposed damage we are doing to ourselves for the future. I’m waiting for the next pronouncement in the pipeline, which will no doubt say everything’s fine if you fancy ending your day with a drink.
In today’s climate Omar Khayyám, the Persian poet, would have been labelled an alcoholic by the do-gooders: the verses of his Rubâiyet as translated into English by the Victorian scholar Edward Fitzgerald are bound in their opinion to lead us astray with their emphasis on the enjoyment of drink. Just what was he thinking of with his ‘Come fill the cup’ and references to flasks of wine? But he enjoyed life, so why shouldn’t we? . . .
It’s that time of year again, when we set our memories to work – these days, 5th November does not have much significance – we burn an effigy of Guy Fawkes and have a fireworks display but not much attention is paid to the reason we do this.
However, the 11th November has (or it should have) special significance for all of us. It is when we remember all those who have died for their country not only in the two great wars, but in the conflicts that never seem to stop throughout the world.
The Poppy Sellers will be collecting as always at this time of year – please give generously.
The following poem was written by Lieut.Col. John McCrae MD just outside Ypres in 1915; he was not satisfied with it, and tossed it away but a colleague rescued it and sent it to newspapers in England. The Spectator rejected it, but it was published by Punch on 8 December 1915 –
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields
It’s the golden thread of freedom that makes our Britain great;
It’s the sure hand of friendship, when you first come to our gate;
It’s the voice that bids you welcome, when you first come here in need;
It’s the help that gets you settled, that you might sow your seed;
The ease in which you go to work, put food upon your plate,
The Golden Thread of fairness makes this Great Britain great.
Every child that’s born within, to see the light of day,
Recipient of that golden strand, come whatever may.
Be he black or brown or yellow, pink or slightly red,
He’s equal to the other one, he’s got his golden thread.
His future opens up to him, he can reach and touch the sky,
Not everybody makes it but all are urged to try.
Not everyone is perfect, to be fair, it must be said –
It’s all about being British – again that golden thread.
(excerpt from a poem by Charles Kielty)
Wear your poppy with pride
Joe, as he was known to his friends was born in Wimbledon in 1929, the only child of Ernest and Grace Newns. Ernest’s family at the time were comfortably off and had bought him a public house in Wimbledon. However the business did not thrive and eventually th family found themselves in straitened circumstances and then by the time Joe was thirteen his father had contracted TB and died. Joe was further devastated when his mother to whom he was very close died in 1973
In 1955 Joe married Shirley at the local registry office in Battersea. He worked at a variety of jobs in his life but really found his niche in the buying and selling militaria, coins and antiques. Later Shirley and he, although they were to have no children of their own, created a loving home for children when they became houseparents in a children’s home on the Isle of Wight Carol Lipton, who gave a tribute at Joe’s funeral, recalled the Volkswagen Caravanette they took the children to south of France in They later took over a complex for the elderly before moving to Kingsdown to look after his Aunt Wilma.
Joe and Shirley were a devoted couple and Carol recalls times when she and her husband went on holiday together with them and Joe was always on the lookout for presents for her. Sadly Shirley died five years ago . Holidays, he said held no pleasure for him now he could no longer look out for presents for Shirley. Two years ago Aunt Wilma to died since when Joe was on his own.
Carol remembers Joe as a kind generous man- “you never left his house without some treasure or other” Carol recalls that “he cared a great deal for animals and gave willingly to many charities especially to those concerned with children and animals.
You may have seen the recent articles about the advisability of clergy wearing the clerical collar and the advice on whether to continue to show signs outside vicarages.
There is no doubt that in certain parts of our towns and cities it would be asking for trouble to walk down the street wearing a clerical collar, not particularly from physical assault but from either verbal abuse or people asking for money or seeking someone to listen to their troubles. So in some respects a person wearing a clerical collar is seen as someone different from the rest of society.
By the same token a sign outside a house reading Vicarage is a powerful magnet to what I call gentlemen of the Road. Mainly men but sometimes women who see the sign as a place where one could get some food or drink and possibly some money in return for a hard luck story. On one occasion one of these gentlemen came knocking at the door when I was out asking Stella for a pair of my old shoes as his were worn out.
You may be interested to know that in the last few weeks before ordination clergy are given advice and warnings of what to expect when they go out into the big wide wicked world. The big talking point in my case was when we should wear our brand new clerical collars, and there was quite an argument from those who intended to wear the collar permanently and to throw away their ties, and those who saw the collar as part of ones dress when conducting worship or when on public view, either visiting or attending parish functions.
We were also warned about the gentlemen of the road, that once you gave any kind of refreshment you might as well hang a hotel sign on the gate because word would soon get around amongst the fraternity.
I was soon to have an experience in my first parish which needed all my newly learnt advice. I had just conducted a wedding and the churchwarden came into the vestry with a man who asked to have a word with the vicar. It appears he had driven up to church with a couple of women and several children and he said he was nearly out of petrol and could I let him have some money to buy some to get him into the next town. Quite truthfully, I told him I had no money on me so could not help him. Suggestions were then made about giving him some money from the church safe, and failing that he would follow me to the vicarage so I could get some for him. What would you have done? I must admit when I thought of the children my heart began to soften. Just then both the churchwardens came in, having stood outside and heard the conversation, and in no uncertain manner told him to be off and not to try that trick again. It appears that one of them had gone out to the car and turned the key in the ignition to find the tank nearly full.
During recent months, the Norton PCC has been involved in a major item that was highlighted in June 2004 during the quinquennial inspection - namely the need to carry out a phased programme of masonry repairs to sections of the Tower walls.
Following a high level inspection, the report concluded that there is a significant amount of work necessary to the face of the tower. It is not possible to establish exactly the extent of the work until a proper inspection scaffold is erected.
It was recommended that English Heritage should be approached with regard to the possibility of obtaining grants. An application has been submitted and we are awaiting response to their detailed assessment.
The project falls into two parts.
Stage 1 - It will be necessary to erect temporary external scaffolding and to provide temporary internal and external supports in order that a detailed assessment can be made of the condition of the walls and the steel beams. From this, an accurate drawn survey can be made and a detailed Specification and Schedule of Works can be formulated. Tenders will then be invited.
Stage 2 - The necessary work includes erecting scaffolding and staging, opening up parts of the fabric, providing effective bearings for steelwork and de-rusting, taking down and rebuilding quoins and defective areas of walling, locally replacing individual stones and flints, removing defective material and reinstating with sound work, re-pointing eroded joints and consolidation of wall areas by cavity fill.
In order to preserve our beautiful church, we shall need to discuss ways of fund raising within the local community, as well as considering grant aid applications to various Charities.