News September 2019

(Posted on behalf of Bobbie Steel)

September St Giles Church services:
  • September 1st.              11am.             Service of The Word
  • September 8th.            6.30pm.       Evensong
  • September 15th.           11am.            Holy Communion
  • September 22nd.          9.30am.       Holy Communion
  • September 29th.          11am.            Service of The Word
    Dallington WI

    Our August meeting was in the form of a garden visit and cream tea. We chose Merriments because of its proximity and the number of flat paths on which less able members could walk easily. The weather was perfect, the garden looked beautiful and the tea was delicious.A very happy afternoon.
    At our September meeting Brian Freeland will be talking about  ‘Women of The Raj’. Visitors are always very welcome, Thursday September 19th, at 2pm in the Old School Village Hall.

    Old School Village Hall.

    The usual Saturday morning opening of the library/ cafe was somewhat interrupted by a power cut. The power had gone off in phases, starting with the first houses at 8pm on Friday, and everywhere was blacked out by 11pm. It was not restored until Saturday afternoon. Cakes which were in the oven in preparation for the cafe were ruined, so biscuits and cold drinks were on the menu. The Monday and Saturday sessions have been enhanced by the sale of produce and flowers from the school garden, so the lack of hot coffee was more than compensated for by the lovely bunches of sweet-peas.

Also in the village hall: Art Club – every Monday 10-12

Dallington News for August

(From Bobbie Steele)

St Giles Church Services in August
  • Sunday 4th      11am.           Service of The Word
  • Sunday 11th     6.30pm.      Evensong
  • Sunday 18th.      11am.             Holy Communion
  • Sunday  25th.      9.30am.        Holy Communion

The churchyard has been looking very beautiful.  Whilst keeping the grass cut in the main areas Douglas and David have left the wildflowers to the left of the path and  there has been a wonderful show of ox-eye daisies and other lovely flowers.We are very grateful to our two willing volunteers, it is a delight to walk through both of the resting places.

Charlotte and Nick have kindly offered to host an Opera and Supper Evening in aid of church funds. This will take place on Sunday, August 18th. More details from Charlotte.

In July the children will have had their Leavers’ Service in the church. We wish them all a happy holiday and send our good wishes to those who are going on to new schools. We hope they remember their times in St. Giles and the words they heard there.

The Old School Village Hall

The wine tasting evening was great fun and now the  committee are taking a summer break from fundraising, the next event is planned for September. More about that when dates etc. have been confirmed.

Womens Institute

The August meeting of Dallington W.I. will be a garden tea here at Staces. This will be to plan the year ahead. Visitors would be welcome. Thursday August 15th, 2pm at Staces , The Street.

Ringing Remembers

(Posted on behalf on Diana Day)

Over the past few years we have all been thinking about WW1. At Dallington tower we rang to commemorate the 100 years since the Armistice and Peace in 1918, on 11/11/2018.

A ringer from Rainham in Kent designed this badge for all ringers to wear in future years especially on Remembrance Day. We have put our orders in and await the arrival. Diana DayBadge

April 2019 Parish news

(Posted on behalf of Bobbie Steel)
St Giles Church
Services in April

  • Sunday  7th April        11 am.       Service of The Word
  • Sunday 14th              6.30 pm.      Evensong
  • Sunday 21st.              11 am.           Easter Sunday Holy Communion
  • Sunday 28th.            9.30am.       Holy Communion

The World Day of Prayer service was held at Dallington on Friday March 1st. As well as members of the congregations in our benefice we were joined by friends from Heathfield. The service, which had been prepared by the women of Slovenia, was very thought-provoking, and the title, “Come, everything is ready”, welcomed and included all present.

History Group: the last two meetings of this Spring will be:
Wednesday April 10th  Jenny Stiles will talk about Dallington after 1066.
Wednesday April 24th Douglas Sewell (postponed from March) on Dallington’s war graves
Both meetings in the Old School from 7 for 7.30pm

Flower Club Angela has written a note about the Flower Club:
I am very sorry to say that, reluctantly, it has been decided to finish the monthly meetings. This is mainly due to the lack of support and interest. Looking back, we have learned a great deal and had many happy afternoons. I think it began some 8 or 9 years ago when Dorothy Messer approached Pam Fuller with the idea of starting a flower-arranging group locally. We have made large and miniature arrangements, used a kitchen utensil and a dustpan, made Harvest and Christmas wreaths, joined in with a couple of Flower-Festivals and learned to make Christmas arrangements to use at home. I also remember trying to make crepe-paper poppies, daffodils and anemones. How hopeless we were. Pam used to tell us that the Brownies she taught were much less awkward than us! Many thanks to Pam for all her help and enthusiasm over many happy Thursday afternoons.  Angela.

Dallington WI. At our February meeting we had the pleasure of listening to our neighbour, Robin Taylor, talking about the life and work of Elizabeth Bishop, a poet of whom he is very knowledgeable. We very much enjoyed hearing Robin share his interest.
In April we look forward to a return visit from Chris McCooey, with his talk entitled, ‘News from the Home Front’. The April meeting will be in the Old School Village Hall at 7.30pm on April 18th.
Please note the summer evening time and do not get caught out by arriving in the afternoon. Visitors are always very welcome.
Bobbie

Library Cafe As usual the Library Cafe is open in the Old School village hall every Monday (except Easter Monday) from 2-4. The monthly Saturday morning openings are April 6th and May 4th 10-12. We will be including a sales table for plants and produce in all Saturday sessions throughout the season – please bring along any spare plants, seeds and garden produce to swap or sell

History Group Talk 27th February 2019

The first History Group event of 2019 will take place on Wednesday 27th February in the Old School Village Hall at 7.30.

Roy Iremonger will be talking on”Policemen in Dallington”.

Please note that this year, all  talks will be on Wednesdays instead of Tuesdays as previously.

2019 programme
Wednesday  27th February Roy Iremonger:  Policemen in Dallington
Wednesday 13th March David Wilson: Pantons Cottage
Wednesday 27th March Douglas Sewell:  Dallington and the supernatural
Wednesday 10th April Jenny Stiles:  Dallington after 1066

The organisers wish this to be a social event; there is no admission charge but a small contribution towards expenses is welcome.

Dallington News for February

(posted on behalf of Bobbie Steel)

Church Services in February

  • Sunday 3rd.            11am.                   Service of The Word
  • Sunday 10th           6.30pm.              Evensong
  • Sunday 17th.          11am.                  Holy Communion
  • Sunday 24th.         9.30am.             Holy Communion

The church was a busy, happy place over Christmas. The floodlights were on for all of the services and we were blessed with the bells being rung before the Carol Service, Christmas Eve Midnight and to ring in the New Year. The Christmas tree was in place for the children’s end of term service and was also admired by all of the adult visitors. We have been very lucky for so many years to have the gift of a beautiful tree from Peter and Rita Atkinson, and, once again, it took six strong chaps to lift it into position. Decorating morning is always rounded off with lunch from Pam and John. A happy church family celebration of the saviour ‘s birth.

Womens Institute  The WI Christmas luncheon followed its usual pattern, with everyone contributing to the delicious spread and puzzling  over the quiz. The hon. postmen did a sterling job with the dozens of cards and the baskets of presents were handed round.
At our February meeting we are looking forward to a talk from our neighbour and friend, Robin Taylor. Everyone will be welcomed on February 21st at 2.15pm to hear Robin’s talk, entitled ‘Elizabeth Bishop’s Childhood in Novia Scotia.
Before that, on Friday, February 15th, there will be the WI annual beetle drive. In the village hall, 7 for 7.30pm. There will be refreshments, please bring your own drinks. Call  Bobbie on 01435 830811 for more info.

The first Flower Club of the year will be on Thursday February 7th at 2pm in the Old School Village Hall. The subject, ‘An Arrangement in a Dustpan.

Art Club will take place every Monday morning from 10-12 in the Old School Village Hall. New members always welcome – drop in any Monday or call Pauline on 01435 830152

Library Cafe will hold its monthly morning opening on Saturday February 2nd from 10-12 in the Old School Village Hall, and will also be open as usual every Monday afternoon from 2-4pm.

The  Old School Village Hall management committee holds its AGM on Tuesday 29th January at 7pm. All welcome. We have also just  published a newsletter showing some of the exciting things that have been happening to the hall in the last 12 months. You can download the newsletter here

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