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.

Whatlington Parish Church: Sunday 10th January will see the first Family Service of the New Year and we look forward to welcoming our regulars, but also extend a warm invitation to any new comers. I the established pattern this is a service lasting about 45 minutes, with four well known hymns and an ‘accessible’ form of traditionally based modern words. The service will be followed with light refreshments and parking will be available, both near the church in our small car park, but also in the larger village hall car park.

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