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50p - To arrange an annual subscription (£6) ring 01403 891710 LOWER BEEDING PARISH MAGAZINE St George’s Day 23rd April pages 11-12 www.facebook.com/LowerBeedingParish www.lowerbeeding.com 0

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Lower Beeding Parish Worship Services This Month Divine Mercy 8.30am Eucharist at St Johns Sunday 10.00am Family Eucharist (Low Sunday) Readings: Acts 5: 12-16; Revelations 1: 9-13 & 17-19; John 20: 19-31. 3rd 10th Sunday 8.30am Eucharist at St. Johns April of 10.00am Parish Eucharist Eastertide 3.30pm Evensong at St. Johns Readings: Acts 5: 27-32 & 40-41; Revelations 5: 11-14; John 21: 1-19. 17th April 4th Sunday of Eastertide 8.30am 10.00am Eucharist at St Johns Parish Eucharist 3rd April Readings: Acts 13: 14-& 43-52; Revelations 7: 9 & 14-17; John 10: 27.30 5th Sunday 8.30am Eucharist at St Johns of 10.00am Parish Eucharist Eastertide Readings: Acts 14: 21-27; Revelations 21: 1-5; John 13: 31-35. BCP = Book of Common Prayer 24th April From the registers... (Baptisms, Funerals and Marriages) Oliver Leo Street, Baptised on 13th March 2016 at Holy Trinity Church. Funeral of Peter Waldron on 14th March at Holy Trinity Church. May he rest in peace. 1

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Contents Quiz Report Coffee Morning St George Welcome to the April edition of the Lower Beeding Parish Magazine. I was recently watching a children’s programme about celebrations with my young son. This particular episode was about St Patrick’s Day and showed how a community in Northern Ireland celebrated their patron saint’s day. There were certainly a lot of fun things going on and it got me thinking of how little we do in England to celebrate our own patron saints day. With that in mind you can read about our patron saint, St George on page 11 and perhaps consider attending the concert advertised on page 12 as a fun way to mark the day. It also inspired the front cover photo of the stained glass window of St George in St John’s Church. Many thanks to Geoff for taking it. Happy St George’s Day for the 23rd April! Christina Betson Editor cmbetson@hotmail.co.uk Features St George’s Day Concert 8 10 11 18 24 36 38 44 12 Bishop Mark Reflects Thinking Days Richard of Chichester Camelia Botnar The Queen’s Birthday Worship From Holy Trinity Views from St John’s Thursday Club LBA LBHS Great Britons PCSO Report Holy Trinity School Gardener’s World Sussex Wildlife Trust Our Page (children) Puzzle Page Guides Weather All in the Month of… Engage Update Parish Council Health Walks Regulars 1 4 6 10 14-16 17 19-20 22 23 26 28 29 30 32 33-34 35 40 42 43 Copy date for next magazine – Thursday 14th April The views and opinions within this publication are not necessarily those of the editor or the Lower Beeding Parochial Church Council. 2

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From Holy Trinity Green and Pleasant Land? This April I expect to find ourselves in the throes of nationalism. Firstly it is our patron saint’s day on the 23rd April when we celebrate brave St George. Then of course there will be the ongoing debate over our place in or out of Europe and from both sides there will be much vaunting of our position in the world and a dissecting of our national character. One of the quintessential images that defines our national identity is the English country village, and none more so than the image of that village in spring and summer. The chocolate box image of the village has held sway in the popular imagination since at least the Victorian era, if not before. A romantic view which comes across very much in the verses of Tennyson, in the prose of Thomas Hardy and in the music of Elgar. At the heart of this chocolate box image is an imagined community inhabiting the village, one governed by simple relationships and understood positions in life. Of course we know from our own experience that village life is never that simple and we don’t want to have fixed positions in life anymore. In the old days you knew everyone in the village because of geography – they were the people you would bump into all the time if you lived in the village, its why we have the parish system as it assumes we all know one another in the parish. However today we can choose not to. We don’t have to interact with anyone around us but only with people we choose to see. We can leave by car and travel far and wide, or just stay at home and go online to meet people. The rest of the time we can live in splendid isolation engaging with neighbours as little as possible. This has obviously changed village life, so what now are our villages like and are they still symbols of our national identity? I’m not going to draw any inferences for the debate going on about being in or out of Europe at the moment, but it is fertile food for thought when we think about who we are as a nation now? However I still think our village communities are worth fighting for, even if they have changed, but it is up us to engage with one another locally to keep them a reality. God bless, Mark. 4

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News and Views from St. John’s, Coolhurst Easter got me thinking about how strong the two angels must have been to roll the stone away from the tomb. Rainer Maria Rilke was a poet who thought a lot about angels and wrote about them, too, in his Duino Elegies; ‘Who, if I cried out, would bear me among the angels’ hierarchies? And even if one of them suddenly pressed me against his heart, I would be consumed in that overwhelming existence. For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror Which we are barely able to endure. And we are awed because it serenely disdains to annihilate us. Every angel is terrifying.’ We’re not really used to thinking of angels possessing superhuman strength, thanks to the greetings cards industry, which would have us believe that angels are charming podgy toddlers that have flown straight down off a Renaissance ceiling, transforming en route from the pagan Cupid to the Christian angel during their tumbling fall to earth. Once here, they romp around with rabbits and trill away in a choir probably conducted by Gareth Malone. You’d never guess from the cards just how terrifying a presence angels can be. Often their job is to bring difficult messages, or rouse feelings of terror, shame, inferiority or even impossibility of achievement as they test faith to the limit. There was nothing toddlerish about the angel who told Mary she was to be a mother, or the angel who spoke to Abraham when God had stayed his hand from sacrificing Isaac, or who attended to Jesus after the temptation in the wilderness. They were as strong as demons (they had to be, considering the opposition) and implacable in their purity. Jacob famously wrestled with an angel – in fact only described as a man – who represented his own sins to him. The angel refused to listen to him, or to accept his repentance. Instead he let Jacob test himself against him all night (‘the long, dark night of the soul’) before, finally, he blessed him. Here’s another disquieting thought: ‘Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have entertained angels without knowing it.’ Hebrews 13.2 Sue Prideaux 6

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QUIZ – 27TH February 2016 What a fabulous evening was had by all those who came to the quiz in Mannings Heath village hall which was brilliantly compiled by our vicar. Mark was assisted by Lizzie who did an amazing job marking all the papers. Each round was entertaining, the questions were interesting and varied and I must say that it was certainly the best quiz I have ever been to. As part of the evening’s profit was to be allocated for the Farming Community Network with which Mark is closely associated we were delighted to welcome a number of local farmers taking part. One couple, who had come all the way from Petworth to support Mark, must have been thrilled when, having joined the team called Byron’s Minions, they gained the most points overall winning a bottle of wine for each team member! For one of the rounds each team had to nominate a person to make a paper plane and someone to fly it. Everyone then had to line up around the sides of the hall to watch each plane launched the winner being the plane which landed closest to Mark on the stage! Much laughter ensued when some planes actually flew into reverse when launched! Joan, Kay, Alison, Lesley and I provided a sausage, mash and onion gravy supper and Kissingate Brewery provided welcome refreshments. Peeling, cooking and mashing some 30KG of potatoes and cooking 240 sausages to feed 80 people was quite a feat! The fund raising team will be delighted to see you at our next event on April 23rd which you will see advertised on page 12. Jan McKinnell Donations of Warm Winter Clothing for Refugees Lin O’Brien of 1 Trinity Fields is collecting warm winter clothing for refugees in Europe and a collection point is available at the back of Holy Trinity Church under the Sunday School notice board. She is supporting her friend Antonia who will be personally taking the clothing to refugee camps in April. Particularly needed are clothing for men and boys such as jumpers, T-shirts, scarves gloves, hats, jeans and jackets. Many thanks for your help. 8

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Mark and his staff welcome you to THE PLOUGH Lower Beeding A traditional, family friendly country pub, serving fine ales and beers. Lunchtime snacks from 12–2pm. Full evening menu available from 6–9pm. Sunday roast from 12 – 3 pm. Don’t forget Fryday is fish and chip day. Ring 01403 891277 to order – you’d batter hurry. Open all day Friday Saturday and Sunday. Darts Pool Bar See you soon Billiards ROY WICKING GARDENING SERVICES * Lawn & hedge cutting * Garden clearance * General maintenance * Fully insured TEL: 01403 891710 MOB: 075 2209 5930 MAIL: ROY.WICKING@GOOGLEMAIL.COM   KEEPERS BOARDING KENNELS & GROOMING PARLOUR Leechpond Hill, Lower Beeding, RH13 6NR 5-star Accommodation with outside Astro Turf exercise ground Day Boarders Welcome Contact the owners Lisa & Sue. 01403 891 300    

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At our February meeting we heard from Stephen Morphew, who told us about European garden History, which was most interesting. Many of the gardens made in the past were inspired by paintings of gardens in Europe. We wished Shirley Denheart a happy birthday, which would take place the next day. Our meeting in April is on the 14th when Mr Everest will talk about Shepherds of the South Downs. We start at 2.30 and tea is served at the end. All welcome. Carly Charman COFFEE/TEA, CAKE AND A CHAT MONDAY 16TH MAY 2016 10-11.30am at CRABTREE HALL, MILL LANE raising funds for flowers to decorate our beautiful church of Holy Trinity at Easter, Harvest and Christmas. Refreshments £2, chat free! FROM 10-11.30 10

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St George of the Golden Legend The Saint of an English Army before he was Patron Saint of England, St George may have been a soldier, but he was no Englishman. He was an officer in the Roman army under Diocletian, who refused to abandon his faith during the Terror, and was martyred at Lydda in Palestine about the year 300 AD - supposedly 23 April. Over the years St George became the example of a Christian fighting-man, a powerful helper against evil powers affecting individual lives. He was the soldier-hero of the Middle Ages, of whom remarkable deeds were reported. In the Golden Legend of the 13th century, Jacobus de Voragine gave St George a handsome write-up. The story runs thus: One day, St George rode up to the heathen city of Sylene in Lybia, where he found the citizens in great distress. A neighbouring dragon had forced them to surrender two sheep each day for its dinner, and when the sheep gave out, two of their children; and now they were about to sacrifice the King’s daughter, dressed as if for her wedding. St George encountered the little party by a stagnant lake, where the dragon lived, and persuaded the sobbing Princess to tell him why she was so miserable. At that moment the dragon appeared, looking inexpressibly revolting. The Saint charged, and drove his spear into the gaping mouth. To everyone’s amazement, he tumbled the monster over and over. Then St George borrowed the Princess’s girdle, tied it round the dragon’s neck, and persuaded her to lead it back to Sylene herself. The sight of her approaching with the befuddled dragon on its makeshift lead emptied the town. When the inhabitants timidly crept back, St George promised to behead the dragon if they would all believe in Jesus Christ and be baptised. It was a most effective form of evangelism, for everybody said ‘yes’ at once. So 15,000 people were baptised, and four carts were commissioned to remove the dragon’s body. St George thus became a symbol of the war against evil, and is usually portrayed trampling the dragon of sin under his horse’s hoofs. The Crusaders had a vision of him helping them against the Saracens at Antioch, during the first Crusade, and so brought the story of St George back with them from Palestine. Presently England put herself under the protection of the Saint. His day was declared a holiday in 1222. A red cross on a white field is the flag of St George. 11

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Lower Beeding Association News Charity No. 267433 Annual General Meeting of the LBA Monday 25th April at 7.30 p.m. Lower Beeding Village Hall Leechpond Hill (B2110) ____________ Everyone is welcome to come along, find out more about the LBA and take the opportunity to nominate and vote for your volunteer committee and village representatives - nominations to Jackie on 01403 891748 before the meeting please. 250 Club Results of the first draw of the 2016 250 Club held at the Plough: £50 £50 £50 £30 £30 £30 £20 £20 £20 K Graham D Kirkham R Campbell P Botting L Johnson B Stevens H Kidd R Allen K Knapton 113 7 248 6 159 169 56 127 135 Draws for the rest of the year will be held at the Crabtree on Thursday 9 th June: Wheatsheaf on Thursday 8th September and the Grand Draw at The Plough on Friday the 9th December. Any enquiries about the village club ring on 01403 891280 or 891523 SUMMER FETE The Lower Beeding Fete is rapidly approaching: it is to be held on Saturday 18 June from 1400 till 1700 at the Village Hall and Sports Field. This year will feature some 14

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