St Thomas’ news: Tomorrow (Saturday) a Said Holy Communion Eucharist will take place in the church at 9.30am for approximately 1 hour. On Sunday June 26th there will be a Sung Eucharist at 11am followed by a baptism at 1pm. Being the last Sunday in the month the charity cash collection will be in aid of Blue Cross Northiam. This charity which is well-known in the area is sponsored by the Rector Robin Whitehead (recent dog owner) and is a local rehoming centre for dogs, cats and small animals as well as providing a range of other support facilities for owners and pets. Also Blue Cross invites all to its Summer Fete and Fun Dog Show on Sunday June 26th from 10am until 4pm at its Centre in Northiam. You can bring your dog and enjoy a family day out and activities include a Fun dog show, Dog agility, plus a Raffle.
Filming 2016: When the Royals last came to Winchelsea in September 2015 for filming, the Rector Robin Whitehead was pleased to have a photo of himself taken with the curvy Elizabeth Hurley for the Parish Mag. The cast of the Royals turned up again this week to do more filming in the Church for their third season of royal intrigue and strange goings on. This US TV drama which involves a fictional royal family features Hurley as the seductive Queen Helena, Joan Collins as her mother the Grand Duchess and Jake Maskall as King Cyrus. The production has had mixed reviews but the costumes are amazing and the sets are usually ancient historical castles and churches in Britain. These Royals also put on a good show of filming which attracted local residents who came to watch them in action. So far no one has been invited to be an extra in any of the scenes but, maybe next time, if they come again.
Praising creation: Members of St Thomas’ and St Richard’s Churches came together for a hearty Songs of Praise celebration during the latter’s Patronal Festival last weekend. St Richard’s Church was beautifully decorated with stunning flower arrangements, beach scenes consisting of natural materials, handcrafted jewellery and delicate ceramics which were all produced by the local community. To complete the Festival, Robin Whitehead led the service of praise for the Lord God’s work of creation. Readings were taken from the Psalms as well as a passage entitled ‘The sea is an icon of God’ and interspersed with the scriptures were popular hymns. These included ‘I, the Lord of sea and sky’ and ‘Love divine all loves excelling’ and it was helpful to have members of the choir turn up and provide the accompaniment. The service would not have been complete without reference to Genesis 1:1-19 and David Fawcett, Chapel Warden for St Richard’s, read the first four days of creation where God’s wisdom, spirit and light established a mature world ready for all creatures and the first man and woman to inhabit. Everything about it was good. After the service there was a time of fellowship in the dining room and thank you goes to all who assisted in providing the colourful, delicious refreshments.
Sunday worship: The doors of St Richard’s Church will be open as usual to all, parishioners, residents and holiday visitors this Sunday morning June 26th. The Rector Robin Whitehead will be conducting the Holy Communion service which begins at 9.30pm for about 1 hour.
Moth activity: An interesting variety of beautiful moths regularly visit the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. Everyone is welcome to meet at Lime Kiln Cottage at 10am till 11am and observe the moth trap and see those that flew in the night before. Up to 40 or more moths have been known to arrive, many out of curiosity and on previous occasions their numbers included the cream-spot tiger, narrow-winged grey and diamond back. The date for this event is Sunday June 26th and donations would be greatly appreciated.
Chance to win: There’s always the possibility of winning the jackpot in Cash Bingo if you’re in the right place at the right time. And that place and time is the Community Hall at 7 for 7.15pm on Wednesday June 29th. During the evening light refreshments will be at hand plus a raffle and families are welcome.
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