On Sunday morning, 26th June, as part of a worldwide ringing event, St.Peter’s band of 6 bell-ringers rang a 15-minute set of ‘call changes’ to raise money for the Anthony Nolan charity, raising awareness of blood cancers and encouraging bone marrow donors. Julie McDonnell, Sussex bell-ringer and leukaemia sufferer walked and rang in 6 churches along the Pilgrims Way to Canterbury Cathedral. In fact, bells (including hand-bells. cow-bells, ship’s bells and meditation bells) were rung all over the world, including on the Great Wall of China, on a plane over the North Pole, and even on the international space station! It was wonderful to be part of such an inspiring event.
The village is mourning the death of Roy White on Sunday 6th March. Roy will be much missed by his family and his many friends. We will remember his gentleness, kindness, courtesy and humour: a role model for all who had the privilege of knowing him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Roy’s family.
Rees Maynard is the lucky winner of February’s 100 Club draw. There are still some numbers left, and it’s possible to buy into the club for the rest of year for just £10 (£1 per remaining month). Just call Robin on 01424 892674 to join in the fun!
Villagers are mourning the passing of Jenny Baker, after a valiant fight against cancer. Jenny will, of course, be greatly missed by her family, but she will also be much missed by the community, many of whom she touched with her kindness and generosity. Our thoughts and prayers are with Malcolm, her family, and all who loved her.
Over a hundred villagers and friends gathered at Kitchenham Farm on 10th January for the Plough Sunday service put on jointly by the Chapel and St Peters Church, and led by Revd. Paul McVeagh and Revd. Roy Cole. Children and adults gathered around the plough and assorted tools, while prayers of thanks were said. There was a good turn out for the lunch in the barn too, and Michael Ramsden cooked a cracking beef casserole. Gill van der Meer said a few words about the Royal Agricultural Benevolence Institute for whom a collection of £330 was taken. Thanks to Monty and Amanda for their generosity in offering their barn for this community event.
Chris Sinden was the lucky winner of our first 100 Club draw on 5th January at the pub quiz. You can still buy into the 100 Club before the second draw on 2nd February (at the pub quiz).
For just £12 (£1 a month) you have the opportunity to support the New Village Hall and win a cash prize! Phone Robin on 01424 892674 to sign up while spaces are still available. A number will be allocated to you at random and entered in the monthly draw which will take place at the Ash Tree Inn Pub Quiz.