Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross In Hand

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 9.45am Parish Eucharist with activities for children. The service will be led by Revd Tony Fiddian Green. Tuesday, 1.30pm St Richard’s Art and Craft Group in the church hall. Wednesday, no service. Thursday, Ascension Day, 10am Holy Communion. Friday May 6, 8pm Commencement of 24 hours of pray (Churches Together in Heathfield and District). Church open until 11pm. 11pm until 9am Saturday May 7 prayer will be in people’s homes. Saturday May 7, 9am to 8pm, church open for prayer.

ALL SAINTS CHURCH: Old Heathfield. Sunday, 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Morning Worship. All welcome after this service for coffee. St George’s Broad Oak, 9.30am Holy Communion. http://allsaintsoldheathfield.org

HISTORY SOCIETY: Despite competition from the Queen’s birthday celebrations a group of Heathfield History Society members met to hear a talk by Michael Withers on Medieval Musical Instruments. What a lovely evening we experienced. Not only was the talk beautifully illustrated with slides it was also augmented with a display of musical instruments many of which were played during the course of the evening. Mr Withers traced the development of wind instruments form the hollow bones of a swan’s wing to the duct flutes, crumhorns and the wonderfully named Welsh pibgorn. He also traced the development of string instruments from the 3000BC lyre to the rebec, viol and fiddle. Not only did he play a wide variety of the instruments but accompanied by his wife, Dorothy, they sang the music that people at the time of the Renaissance would have known. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and although we couldn’t join in Henry VIII would have had a good singsong!

Our next meeting is on Thursday, May 19, at 7.30pm in the Community Centre when the subject is Castles of South East England. Members are reminded that the visit to Penshurst Place will take place on Sunday, July 17. There are a few places left. The visit is also open to non-members. Contact Chris Cade on 01435 860734 if you would like to join us.

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