FR JOHN LEE: Most of those who knew John will have already heard the sad news of his death last Tuesday morning. His funeral service is to be held this afternoon (Friday) in St Mary’s Church Chiddingstone, where he spent many happy years as Rector. When he took up the important post of Clergy Appointments Adviser to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, based at Church House Westminster(but travelling all over the country), John and his family moved to Brede. There, as well as pursuing his interests in vegetable growing and cross-country running, he also began to devote much of his weekend time to helping in our two parishes. During this time he was also appointed as one of the small select group of Chaplains to the Queen. On retirement from his Church House job some three years ago, he looked forward to spending even more time in parish work, especially here in Udimore. He will be long remembered here for his direct unfussy self-deprecating way of taking services and the profound insights underlying his disarmingly off-the-cuff sermons. His cheerful fortitude in enduring the effects of his final illness and its successive courses of treatment was an example to us all. A lovely man, who will be sorely missed.
DIGGING UP THE PAST: John’s widow, Sue, has very kindly agreed to give us her talk on Archaeology at a later date, to be published in due course.
MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING: Please do support this important fundraising event tomorrow (Saturday) morning between 10am and noon in the Hall. Any contributions you can bring along with you will be gratefully received (home-made, home-grown or hand-made) and besides the coffee there should be lots of lovely things to buy. If you can’t be there and would like to make a donation, please send a cheque payable to Macmillan Cancer Support to Oakshaw, Udimore, TN31 6BG.
SUNDAY SERVICES: In St Mary’s Church there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8am, and the monthly Family Service for All at 11.15am, followed by refreshments.
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