ORDINATION: A party of friends from St Laurence Church made a very special trip up to London last Saturday to see Dr Jeffrey Lake become ordained as a deacon. Jeff’s ordination took place in the wonderful surroundings of St. Paul’s Cathedral. We had all been issued tickets, forty men and women were to be ordained so spaces were limited. We arrived fairly early and found that we had to queue until the appointed hour of 2pm to be let in. I had hoped to be able to wander around and view the building before the service, but there was plenty of time to marvel at the design once we were safely seated in our chairs. John Burt and myself had been chosen by Jeff as his supporter. We felt very honoured and proud to be able to accompany Jeff up the aisle in the procession of candidates. The service was very well organised and very moving. The joy on the faces of those who were now Deacons was infectious and we left the Cathedral feeling very elated. Jeffrey and Sandra then treated us to a delicious tea at a nearby pub followed by a visit to the church, St Bride’s in Fleet Street, where Jeff will be serving. The evening finished with a presentation of gifts to Jeff before we set off on our journey back to Sussex. Definitely a day to remember.

TRAFFIC: Last Sunday I was due to steward at the Art on the River exhibition, part of the Eastbourne Festival. The day did not start well. The toast seemed to be taking a very long time to brown and the lights were extremely dim. I switched the kettle on and at that point the electricity went off completely. We fetched the camping stove and at least had hot coffee and tea. I set off for Pevensey and found myself in a barely crawling traffic jam. Half an hour later I reached the Ashcombe roundabout and discovered the A27 between there and Southerham was closed. I nipped through Lewes and got on my way again, sometime later the traffic news came on and told me of the road closure, announcing that it was due to a lorry crashing into a power line. Later reports don’t mention the lorry so maybe the power line just fell down? Visitors to the Love Supreme jazz festival at Glynde must have been very delayed as the road was closed most of the day.

TEAS: Teas and home-made cakes are being served at the village hall on Sunday afternoons all through the summer. You can sit in the Hall or take your teas out into the garden. We also have some very nice plants (shrubs and herbaceous perennials) for sale in aid of St Laurence.

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