Whatlington

Patricia: It is with great sadness that we report that our columnist for Whatlington, Patricia Begg, died on Christmas Eve. Friends will know that she had been battling cancer for some time with incredible bravery and had been doing very well until recently. She was even at the festive supper in the village recently, during which she was taken ill and admitted to hospital in what she described as ‘excruciating pain’ with clots on her lungs. Although she returned home for a while, her last week saw a noticeable decline in her health and was taken to hospital on Sunday night (December 20) where she died three days later. All was peaceful and calm in her final moments; She had family at her bedside and she did not seem to be in pain.

Patricia was correspondent for this village for a number of years. If you would like to attend a celebration of her life, please feel welcome to attend St Dunstan’s Church, Mayfield, on Friday 8th January at 1pm. She will be missed by friends and neighbours in the village and by those she worked with at this newspaper.

Church: The 10pm service at Whatlington on Christmas Eve was very well attended, with some 40 or so people joining us for a lovely service. There were candles and tea lights, and with the Chancel lights dimmed the effect was very nice. As we go forward into 2016 our service next Sunday, January 3rd, will be at the usual time of 09.30 and we look forward to welcoming Rev. Angela Cooke again.

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