Dallington events for December 2018

(Posted on behalf of Bobbie Steel)

Church services in December

  • Sunday 2nd     11am.        Service of The Word
  • Sunday 9th      6.30pm.   Evensong
  • Sunday 16th    11am.        Holy Communion
  • Sunday 23rd    6.30pm    Service of Nine Lessons and Carols Followed by mulled wine and mince-pies
  • Monday 24th   11.30pm. Congregation-led time of readings and Carols.
  • Sunday 30th     11am.      Service of The Word

Gift Day On Saturday, December 1st there will be a Gift Day and lunch in the church. Stalls and a raffle from 11am till noon, followed by lunch, 12-2pm.

Flower Club A note from Angela:
The December meeting will be on Thursday 6th at 2pm in The Old School. Pam asks us to make something that we would use in our homes for Christmas. Due to dwindling numbers this may be our last class.

The WI Christmas lunch will be on Thursday,  December 20th at 12.30pm in the Old School Village Hall.

Art Club Every Monday morning 10am-12 in the Old School Village Hall. All welcome

Library Cafe Every Monday afternoon 2-4pm in the Old School Village Hall. Come for a chat, a cup of tea and to borrow or buy books and DVDs. This month the Saturday morning opening of the cafe will be on the second Saturday ie 8th December to avoid a clash with the Gift Day in St Giles the week before. We hope to include a range of items for sale as well as the usual books and refreshments

Dallington Events November 2018

St Giles Church services :

  • Sunday  4th November  11am.                Service of The Word
  • Sunday 11th               10.50 for 11 am.     Remembrance Day Service
  • Sunday 18th                        11am.               Holy Communion
  • Sunday 25th                      9.30 am.           Holy Communion
    There will be no services of Holy Communion on Tuesdays at 8.15 am until further notice.

The Dallington Beacon will be lit at the Sugar Loaf Field at 7 pm on Remembrance Sunday 11th November. More information here

Art Club Every Monday 10-12 in The Old School Village Hall. New members welcome – for more information see Art Club page

Flower Club will next meet on November 1st at 2pm in The Old School Village Hall. The subject will be ‘Autumn Glory’. All are invited to a very pleasant afternoon.

Library Cafe Every Monday 2-4 in The Old School Village Hall. All welcome

Dallington WI. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, November 15th at 2pm. This will be the Annual Meeting at which the officers and committee will be appointed. Another year gone! There is already a full programme of events and speakers planned for the year ahead. Visitors are always very welcome.

Preserve the Dallington Forest POW Tree!

(posted on behalf of our Tree Warden, Doug Edworthy)

The Dallington Forest ‘PoW’ Tree
Photo of POW treeJust inside Dallington Forest, and close to a public bridleway, there is a culturally-important tree that is not well known in the area – perhaps because it is difficult to find without guidance. We have Tree Warden-led walks into the Forest that take in this tree – so come along on the next walk!

As part of the Dallington Forest Project I’m attempting to gather all relevant information together to document it for the benefit of current and future generations before it is lost to the ravages of time and decay.

Known locally as the ‘PoW Tree’ this is a veteran pollarded Beech tree, probably around 250 years old, that is rapidly approaching an untimely end. Much of the interior of the trunk’s base has been hollowed-out by fungi, and the opinion of an experienced arborist is that the trunk will fail catastrophically within the next few years.

The tree gets its name from graffiti carved on its trunk some 3 m off the ground. The inscription (presumably by a prisoner of war from Cologne, Germany) reads: –

TB
KÖLN
1946
P.O.W.

There was a German Prisoner of War Working Camp GPWW 145 situated at Normanhurst Court, Battle, less than 10 miles away, continuing to hold prisoners until 1948.

I understand that the Normanhurst PoW camp supplied labour to the Gypsum Mines at Mountfield and, at the time, much of Dallington Forest was under the management of the Mine. It is not inconceivable that parties of PoWs would have been employed as foresters and, perhaps during a lunch break, one of them climbed the tree to leave his indelible mark for posterity.

Who was ‘TB’? Or was the graffiti artist’s name actually ‘T.B.KÖLN’? Perhaps records could solve the riddle of his identity.

Sadly, I understand that most of the records of the PoW camps’ occupants were destroyed after the war. Was this related to the slow repatriation of Axis forces to German and elsewhere compared to the relatively speedy repatriation of PoWs back to the UK? Is there a darker political secret waiting to be unearthed? It would be interesting to find out.

Before this tree falls and is lost – it could be in a gale this autumn – we have a limited opportunity to document and record this culturally-important tree for posterity.

For example; wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a bark rubbing done of the inscription that could be framed and displayed together with information about the tree and the inscriber in the Brightling and Dallington Village Halls?

And we need urgently a good photographic record to show not just the details of the inscription but the tree in its surroundings and context.

Help from amateur (or professional) archivist and historians would be very welcome to research such records as exist of the Normanhurst Court PoW camp, its occupants and the Gypsum Mine and its management so that we can add more of the human dimension to the history of this tree.

If you would like to help please contact Doug Edworthy, Brightling & Dallington Tree Warden at treewarden@dallington.org.uk

Doug Edworthy
Tree Warden, Brightling & Dallington Parishes
Dallington Forest Project

If you would like to print out this information to share it more widely, you can download it as a PDF flyer here  Dallington PoW Tree

Village news October 2018

Church services in October

  • Sunday 7th           11am.              Service of The Word
  • Sunday 14th        6.30pm.         Harvest Festival
    Followed by Harvest Supper in the church
  • Sunday 21st          11am.            Holy Communion
  • Sunday 28th        9.30am.       Holy Communion

A follow-up note from the Flower Festival in August:
Pam (Fuller) and her friend Audrey Milton, thought that it would be kind to let Her Majesty The Queen know that our Festival had been in her honour, and to let her know how we all thanked her for her service. A reply has been received, from Balmoral, and it is lovely to think that, on her summer holiday, The Queen read the letter and took time to reply. A wonderful reminder of a brilliant weekend.

Old School Village Hall.
The library cafe on Monday afternoons is proving to be very popular. The first Saturday morning opening will be on October 6th, 10am until noon, when, as well as tea and biscuits, there will be cakes and scones. Do come along as the bookshelves are full of good reading.
There will be a Quiz Night on November 17th, in the hall at 7 for 7.30pm. Refreshments and a raffle, please bring your own drinks. Cost £7.50 per person.

Flower Club.  The next meeting will be on Thursday October 4th at 2pm in The Old School. The subject will be an exhibit featuring water. Do come and join this friendly group.

Art Club Another friendly group! We meet every Monday morning  in the Old School Village Hall from 10-12. Everyone free to work at their own pace, on their own projects or from still life materials brought by the tutor.

WI.  The Planning Meeting was held in August and we have, hopefully, set out a calendar of events and Speakers for the next year. Our October meeting will be on Thursday 18th at 2.15pm in the hall. Visitors are always welcome.

August/September Parish Announcements

(Posted on behalf of Bobbie Steele)

St Giles Church
Sunday  services in September:

  • 2nd          11am.        Service of The Word
  • 9th          6.30pm.    Evensong
  • 16th        11am.         Holy Communion
  • 23rd        9.30am.    Holy Communion
  • 30th         11am.     Service of The Word

On Sunday August 5th we had the pleasure of welcoming the Archdeacon of Hastings, the Ven. Edward Dowler, who led a service of Holy Communion.

An early reminder that we will celebrate the Harvest Festival on Sunday October 14th at 6.30pm., to be followed by Harvest Supper in the church. More information in the October edition, but please make a note of the date in your diaries.
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Old School Village Hall: the hall is now open every Monday afternoon from 2-4pm for the “Library Cafe” book exchange. Drop in to browse, borrow or buy books and DVDs, or just enjoy a sociable chat. Tea or coffee and biscuits are served and all are welcome to join these increasingly popular sessions.  We are also planning to run Saturday morning sessions on the first Saturday of each month, starting in September.
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Art Club We meet  in the Old School Village Hall every Monday morning from 10-12. A friendly group with varied levels of experience, we welcome new members. Contact Pauline Ridley on 01435 830152 for more information.
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Flower Club: a note from Angela: The Flower Club will meet in the Old School Village  Hall on Thursday September 6th at 2pm. Our subject will be  ‘A Nursery Rhyme’. Anyone is welcome to join our friendly group at the huge cost of £3 per session. We learn a little, talk a lot and enjoy a cuppa with lots of laughs!
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WI. At our meeting in July we had a welcome return from an excellent Speaker, Chris O’Donoghue, who gave a talk, illustrated with photographs, on Great Dixter. Chris spoke about the house and garden in the time of the Lloyd family and its continuance today in the hands of a trust. In September we look forward to welcoming Paul Green whose talk is entitled ‘ A Step Back in Time’. We will meet in the Old School Village Hall at 2.15pm and visitors are always welcome.

Reminder! Flower Festival 1st 2nd & 3rd June 2018

(Posted on behalf of Angela Keeley)

St Giles Flower Festival will take place next weekend on 1st, 2nd and 3rd June.  Theme is “Our Queen”

St Giles Church  will be open from 10am – 3pm on all three days; refreshments available all day.  Additional programme of events:

  • Friday 1st June 7pm in The Old School Village Hall “Generation Game”  Refreshments provided but please bring your own drinks and glasses
  • Saturday 2nd June 6.30 pm PICNIC in the garden behind the Church Please bring your own picnic and chairs
  • Sunday 3rd June 5.30 in the Church Songs of Praise

Parish News for April

(Posted on behalf of Bobbie Steel)

CHURCH SERVICES
Sunday April 1st. Easter Day Holy Communion
April 8th.     Evensong.   6.30pm
April 15th.   Holy Communion. 11am
April 22nd.  Holy Communion.  9.30am
April 29th. Service of The Word.  11am

The names of loved ones for whom Easter lilies have been chosen will be read out at the Easter Sunday service.
Advance notice:  FLOWER FESTIVAL in St. Giles on June 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

FLOWER CLUB:  This is scheduled to take place on Thursday April 5th in The Old School. The topic will be ‘Summer Sunshine ‘.

LIBRARY: The mobile Library will be in Dallington Street on Tuesday April 20th between 2.20-2.50pm. The service will be very much missed when it is withdrawn.

HISTORY GROUP:  there will be two meetings in April, on
Tuesday 3rd Jenny Stiles will talk on Dallington, on the 17th Douglas Sewell will tell us about ‘Shipwrecks with local connections ‘.   The organisers wish this to be a social event, there is no admission charge but a small contribution towards expenses is welcome.

ART CLUB:  We meet every Monday morning 10am-12 in the Old School. We have recently acquired a large noticeboard so we can display a changing selection of members work. New members welcome – more information at the Art Club page of this site

WI. Due to a variety of causes, mainly illness, our meeting in March was rather poorly attended. We were sitting, rather glumly, in the village hall until Mary D came up with the idea of us going back to her house. A most enjoyable afternoon followed, in fact one member was heard to say that playing Scrabble was better than having a meeting with a Speaker. The very idea!

VILLAGE HALL: such a lot of work is going on and soon there will be a bright new kitchen. A library / book swap is planned, possibly one morning a month when there will be cafe style seating with refreshments. Two large bookcases are waiting to be filled with bestsellers. Watch this space.