October Newsletter 2017

Events

Our mediums

All our mediums this month are old friends of the church and making welcome return visits to take our services. It will be especially good to see Sharon May as it is some years since her last visit.

Harvest Festival

Special thanks to Ashley and Karla who gave us such an uplifting service and to all of you who gave items for sale or bought the produce. Your efforts raised some £27.50 for Julia’s House, and unsold items were sent to a local foodbank.

Psychic Supper on Friday, 13thOctober at 7pm

A few places are still available at £12 / £10 (members).  There will be readings at your table and a supper option of fish and chips (Gluten free option also available), jumbo sausage and chips, or a veggie burger and chips. We do need your food choice and your payment in advance, please.

Dan Clarke’s Evening of Clairvoyance, Friday 10th November, 7.30pm

Tickets £10, £8 (Members) for this popular evening will go on sale shortly. See Fay/Enid to book.

Christmas Cakes

I can hardly believe I am mentioning Christmas already but Jean has asked me to tell you that she will be taking limited orders at the end of October. The cakes will be square, contain at least 4 slices and cost £5. These proved very popular last year and may be limited to one per person this time.

Musings on my weeks away

I have been thinking of how just a moment in time can change a lifetime. My brief stay in Bayeux brought me in contact with 2 people touched by the WW2. Rene is always smiling and full of good humour but he keeps his left hand hidden. As the Allied forces advanced his mother fled with other evacuees in a car with Rene just a baby in her arms. A jittery American fired a shot which passed through Rene’s arm, killing the chauffeur in front.

Our hostess at Bayeux invited a widow to join us for dinner. She seemed rather aloof but I tried to engage her in conversation, asking if she had lived there during the war. (Bayeux was undamaged and had been liberated by the Dorset Regiment, which led to the Dorchester Bayeux Twinning)  No- Yvette had been in Caen where I knew they had suffered a very fierce and prolonged battle. Aged 6 she had gone to school as usual that first morning but the nuns eventually sent everyone home at midday. Her father, a baker, considered fleeing but was worried there no safe route. They sheltered as best they could in the cellars of the quartier and he continued to bake the bread everyone relied on. (Guy, our friend at Bayeux, insists he cannot possibly eat a single meal without bread).

On the Monday morning before our departure we always go to the beautifully tended British War Graves Cemetery to hold a short service and lay a wreath. It is very moving to look at some of the graves and realise how many of the occupants were just teenagers.

Last week I was in Sussex eating lunch in the sunshine at the Birling Gap, a spectacular chalk cliff. There people have the visible signs of change as the cliffs slip into the sea at 0.7metres a year taking houses with them.

It all reminds me we need to live in the moment and make it count.

Reminder:  Beginners’ Development circle at the Hall starts Thursday, 5th October. 7pm till 9pm

Read our full newsletter here: October 2017