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60p bolney parish magazine December 2017 & January 2018 1

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THE PARISH OF ST. MARY MAGDALENE, BOLNEY Thursday: 9.30 am Holy Communion except on the first Thursday of the month when it is at 7.45 pm Morning Prayer at 9am on Saturdays to alternate between Bolney and Cowfold – see website for details or Pew News available in church Priest-in-Charge Curate Church Wardens PCC Secretary PCC Treasurer Revd. Keith Littlejohn The Vicarage. Cowfold  Fr.Martin Mills-on duty Wed,Thurs.& Sun 07983 109245 mmills.southdown@gmail.com Mr. Tim Hutchings Booker’s Farmhouse,Foxhole Lane 01444 881320 Mrs. Susan Ayres Rowan, The Street, Bolney Mrs. Claire George The Street House, The Street, Bolney Mr. Tim Hutchings 01444 881567 01444 881845 01444 881320 PCC Members Mr. John Allen, Mr. Martin Burgess, Miss Emily Burgess, Mr. Peter Sutton Mrs. Janice Warren Deanery Synod Laity Mr. & Mrs. R. Pratt Representatives Electoral Roll Officer Mrs. Carole Wood 01444 881157 01444 881977 Bellringers’ Tower Cpt. Mrs. Heather Jordan Bellringers’ Secretary Mrs. Penuel Ellis-Brown 01273 833851 07483 863822 Magazine Editor Mrs. Penuel Ellis-Brown p.ellisbrown@btinternet.com Advertising Mrs. Laura Littlejohn bolneyparishmag@aol.com Distribution Miss. Linda Foster 01444 881500 Please visit www.stmarymagdalenebolney.org.uk for regular updates Deadline: Material for next magazine to be in by the 15th of the month. 2

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FRONT PAGE Christmas is coming, are we ready? Is it really that time of year already? The Christmas season always seem to come upon us in a rush! How many shopping days? We must look beyond all the stress and anxiety to a wonderful time of yearto, just for a moment, pause, rest, and enjoy time together with family and friends. A much needed time for refreshment at the darkest time of the year. For Christians it marks what is arguably the most momentous event in human history. God, knowing the mess we had made of his world, sends his Son to save us all from the mess. But he didn’t come as a mighty warrior in all his glory, but as a helpless, vulnerable baby, born into poverty. He came to herald a new beginning, a new world order. As we look around we know it hasn’t happened yet as there remains much brokenness and suffering. However, the new kingdom has begun, and as Christians we believe Jesus will be returning to the earth in all his glory and power and then his new Kingdom will come to full fruition. There will be no more suffering, or death, or sickness, or wars. So we celebrate the beginning of a new kingdom, through the birth of a baby over 2000 years ago, when light came into the darkness of the world, and that light still shines out, and will go on shining until the new kingdom comes. May I wish you all a very happy and joyful Christmas and let us all celebrate that momentous, world changing event, as we pause and reflect on the baby born in an obscure corner of the Roman Empire, 2000 years ago. Very best wishes, Dr A.J. Bond. MBBS(Hons). DRCOG. FRCGP. 3

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St Mary Magdalene – Your Parish Church The parish church of St Mary Magdalene is a friendly, loving community where you will be welcomed and accepted as the person you are and helped to grow in faith with others. You are welcome to join us at any of our services: 1st Sunday - 8am BCP Holy Communion 9.30am Parish Eucharist 4pm Feast@4 for families – with crafts and cake! 2nd Sunday - 8am BCP Holy Communion 9.30am Parish Eucharist 9.30am Young Pilgrims in the vestry (aged 7 upwards) 3rd Sunday - 10am Breathing Space with Eucharist and with modern music and joyful worship 4th Sunday - 9.30am Parish Eucharist 9.30am Young Pilgrims in the vestry (aged 7 upwards) 5th Sunday - 9.30am Parish Eucharist There are regular additional services and events at St Mary Magdalene church. Please visit us online for full details or Facebook: St.Mary Magdalene, Bolney ! % !"#$%"%&''(%")%'*+%,$-%&''(%."+/01%21*+31%4$50/)$% www.stmarymagdalenebolney.org.uk 2'67&$)$&8%9$:+$01$;%<%=7;")$; %%%% ! !%>+$")%?$-%@''(%<%A$$&%%%%%%%%%%!%@")$0)%B,:'+6")/',% %%%%%%%!%C'5/&$%A+/$,;&8%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%!%D7$3/"&%D$+#/3$%B,:'+6")/',% %%%%%%%%%%%%%%!%E#$,)0%2"&$,;"+%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%!9$F*&"+%D$+#/3$%G/6$0% ! 21$3(%'*)%-1")H0%F'/,F%',%/,%IJ=9%."+/01%21*+31%K%K%K% 4

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Advent & Christmas service times Advent Sunday 3rd December 8am Holy Communion (Said BCP) 9.30am Sung Eucharist 6.30pm Service of Light Second Sunday of Advent 10th December 8am Holy Communion (Said BCP) 9.30am Sung Eucharist Third Sunday of Advent 17th December 10am Breathing Space 6.30pm Nine Lessons and Carols Christmas Eve Sunday 24th December 9.30am Sung Eucharist 3pm Children at the Crib Christmas Day 9.30am Sung Eucharist All information can be found on our website: www.stmarymagdalenebolney.org.uk 5

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FEAST @ 4 FOR FAMILIES, FAITH FOOD & FUN at St Mary Magdalene 'Your Parish Church'. A Very Happy Christmas from all at Feast @ 4 Advent F@4 - December 3rd Come and join us to make a Giant Advent Collage. Crib Service - December 24th 3pm Join us for this beautiful service when Mary, Joseph make their journey to the crib. Epiphany F@4 - January 7th The journey continues with the Wise men arriving to worship the baby Jesus. 6

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FLOWERS IN MEMORY OF A LOVED ONE Would you like to remember a friend or relative in a special way on an important anniversary, a birthday or date of death? At St. Mary Magdalene, in the heart of the village, we decorate the church with flowers most weekends (though not in March/April during Lent or November in Advent) so if you would like to contribute to those flowers for a specified occasion we invite you to put a cash donation into an envelope with the date and name of the person who is being remembered. This should go through the door at “Badgers” in The Street, marked clearly Margaret Burgess, donation. The money will go towards flowers for that weekend. A note will go into church with them if that is what you would like. Please ring Emily on 01444 881320 if you want more information. ST MARY MAGDALENE -LOTTERY RESULTS NOVEMBER 1st Mrs H Mullany £105. 00 2nd Mr E Hazel £63. 00 3rd Mr R Walker £42. 00 2017 Parish Magazine Subscriptions There are still several outstanding subscriptions due for the current year. If you have not paid yours please drop £6.00 in a clearly marked envelope into Susan Ayres at Rowan, The Street, Bolney (opposite Bankside) as soon as possible. Unpaid subscriptions will have delivery reviewed for the forthcoming year. Thank you Susan Ayres 7

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BOLNEY C.E.P. SCHOOL Church Lane, Bolney, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 5QP Tel: 01444-881352 Fax: 01444-881047 E-mail: head@bolneyprimary.school ! Web: http://bolneyschool.org.uk Headteacher Mrs.Lorraine Kenny Love Through worship in school we have been exploring 1 Corinthians 13. We have been unpicking what it means and how it can guide us in how we should behave. Each week we looked at a different section of the passage and related it to our lives now. We explored how love can be like shaving foam, it can be kept inside but when it is let out of the can it expands and overflows. We learnt about the amazing Malala Yousafzai and thought about how parents support their children and express their love in lots of different ways. The children talked about what they love to do and how it makes them feel and how love can continue even when something ends. In each worship we reflected on how we can show love for the people around us. The children were asked: “How did exploring 1 Corinthians 13 make them think, feel and act?” Here are some of the things they wrote: Think • How much the world needs these things and how I can help it. • It made me think how important love is. • About how I should probably love more. • It made me think how lucky I am to have true friends and family. Feel • At peace, more connected with the world. • It made me feel happy. • Happy because I always knew love was like this. • It made me feel special because me and a lot of other people have all of this. Act • It made me want to act happier and more patient. • Kindly, patiently, helpfully. • More loving and more respectful. • It makes me want to help others rather than myself. 8

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There were so many wonderful comments it was hard to choose just a few to share with you. We have been so impressed with how the children have been so thoughtful. Being shown love We have been shown lots of love by the Friends of Bolney, our PTA, who do such an amazing job supporting us. They have raised a fantastic amount of funds through their various fundraising activities, giving up lots of time and a huge amount of hard work. All of this has paid for so many things including: reading books, dictionaries, gardening equipment, maths resources, a visiting theatre, role play screens, book stand, reading corner cushions, coach costs, lunch trollies and a newly resurfaced playground! Thankyou so much to everyone who have supported us and an especially big thank-you to the small group of parents and friends who plan, co-ordinate and organise everything. We really do appreciate it and are very grateful for your kindness and love. Lorraine Kenny the friends of bolney C.E.P. school Please come and join us for the Bolney CEP School Christmas Fair, on Saturday 2nd December from 2-4pm, at the school. Stock up on Christmas gifts and food from our lovely shopping stalls, enjoy the children’s games, crafts and the tombolas, and round it off with some mulled wine and delicious homemade cake. And, of course, Father Christmas will be there too! We hope to see you. We have some fantastic prizes in our Christmas Grand Draw, including meals at the Eight Bells and Bolney Stage, a £100 John Lewis voucher (kindly donated by PSP Homes), a £50 Boden voucher, a luxury hamper, and many more. We have recently distributed raffle tickets around the village. Please feel under no obligation to purchase them, but if you would like to - thank you! Please return the stubs and payment to the cafe, the school or either of the two addresses listed on the envelope. We’ll hold the draw at the Christmas Fair, and if you are unable to be there, we will reserve a prize for you. If you would be interested in purchasing tickets, please contact us on the email address below. Thank you for your support of our recent clothing collection. We will let you know as soon as we’ve heard how much we have all raised! We are very grateful for your help. We are delighted with the work that has been carried out to resurface our front playground, which was in desperate need of improvement. We are now starting to fundraise to repair the back playground, where the children enjoy playing on climbing frames, a slide andstepping stones. Many thanks. Friends of Bolney School. friendsofbolney@gmail.com 9

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Friends of Bolney School Bolney School Hall, RH17 5QP Saturday 2nd December 2017 2-4pm Meet Father Christmas! Browse our lovely stalls: clothing, wreaths, plants, gifts, smoked salmon and more Toys and games, children's stalls Festive refreshments Please support our raffle! 10

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Festive Party Menu 2 course £19.95 / 3 course £22.50 All children £10.99 Silver Bells (over 60’s) 2 course £13.99 / 3 course £16.99 (Tuesday & Wednesday only, between Midday & 5pm) New Year’s Bash Gangster and Moll’s Party Fun Casino, Canapes, and LIVE band! PARTY TILL 2am No Ticket Required! 11

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CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL FRIENDS What have Chichester Cathedral worshippers, tourists, bell ringers, schoolchildren and choristers got in common? They all benefit in one or more ways from generous financial support from Chichester Cathedral Friends! In the past three years alone, The Friends have donated over £375,000 to fund twenty-six different projects, each of which contributes to the Cathedral’s strategic activities of Worship, Hospitality and Education. Worshippers use the thousand chairs that were installed in 2017 and the kneelers in the Lady Chapel and St Richard’s Shrine. In Advent, the beautiful Advent Candle stand enhances worship, whilst our contribution to the restoration and reordering of the Sailors’ Chapel has revived the north-west corner of the Cathedral. Tourists are amazed at the Cathedral’s many artefacts and enjoy being able to closely inspect our Roman remains thanks to the walk-on glass that Friends funded. And work is in progress, thanks to a substantial grant from the Friends, to develop a new web site. Bell ringers climb a tight spiral staircase of eighty steps to reach the ringing chamber in the medieval bell tower. The Friends recently funded a secure stainless-steel handrail to improve the safety of access to this important site. The Cathedral is a popular destination for school children from around the diocese. Friends have helped make the Learning and Engagement centre an attractive and well-equipped place for schoolchildren and their teachers to meet and work. Hot off the press, The Friends has just entered into an agreement to fund a Scholarship for a Cathedral Chorister for five years! Look out for the chorister proudly wearing the Friends’ medal! Chichester Cathedral Friends is a registered charity. Membership costs £15 per year and £25 for a couple. For more information visit: www.chichestercathedral.org.uk/friends or email friends@chichestercathedral.org.uk 12

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Bolney Local History Society Remember, Remember, the fifth of November Gunpowder, Treason and Plot I know of no reason Why the Gunpowder Treason Should ever be forgot These well-known lines are the start of a long poem describing the events of the 5th November 1605 when Robert Catesby, Guy Fawkes and five other gentlemen attempted to blow up the Parliament buildings. However, the members of the History Society heard from John Davey at their November meeting that the origins of the famous Lewes Bonfire festivities go back much further- to 22nd June 1557 when fifteen Protestants were burnt to death at the crossroads in Lewes at the top of School Hill as part of Mary I’s “Marian Persecutions”. Queen Mary reigned from 1553-1558 and during those years a total oftwo hundred and eighty-eight people were burned across England for their Protestant faith. James VI of Scotland became James I of England on the death of Queen Elizabeth in 1603. On the 5th November 1605, the Gunpowder Plot was foiled in what might be regarded as the first act of terrorism arising from religious intolerance. This event took place on the eve of the Opening of Parliament and to this day the Monarch’s personal bodyguard, The Yeoman of the Guard, ceremoniously search the cellars of the Houses of Parliament the night before the State Opening of Parliament. On the 21st January 1606, Parliament passed an Act for Public Thanksgiving to Almighty God in perpetual remembrance with the ringing of church bells, a special service in every parish church in the country and bonfires. Lewes became prominent because of the earlier Martyrs. Through the 1800s they were little more than riots, and in 1847 The Riot Act was read in front of the Town Hall to restore order. There are now six major Bonfire Societies in Lewes. The Borough Society is the oldest and traditionally dress as Zulu Warriors. Cliffe Bonfire Society dress as Vikings and the Commercial Square Society as American Indians. These costumes were originally disguises to prevent identification of the rioters. The Cliffe Society always parade fifteen blazing crosses in memory of the Martyrs burnt on the 22nd June 1557. Mr. Davey mentioned that the 1606 Act has never been repealed so perhaps Parliament should be petitioned for this day to be made a Bank Holiday! Our next Meeting is on Friday 2nd February 2018 when the subject is “Murder in Burwash.” Margaret Burgesss 14

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Batchelor’s Field Café From 6th to 20th December Come and join us for Christmas Lunch 3 courses for £12.50 Please book in person or Tel: 01444 848667 £5 deposit a head 15

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