Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross In Hand

Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand news
Heathfield, Punnetts Town, Broad Oak & Cross in Hand news

ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 9.45am Parish Eucharist, 6.30pm Benefice Advent Carol Service at St Richard’s. Monday, 7pm PCC meeting in church hall. Tuesday, 1.30am Arts and Crafts Group meet in church hall. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Saturday, December 3, 9am Parish Prayers in church.

ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH: Old Heathfield. Sunday, 8am Holy Communion (BCP), 11am Family Service with Baptisms. All welcome after this service for coffee. 12.30pm Baptism. St George’s Broad Oak, 9.30am Family Service. http://allsaintsoldheathfield.org

TEACHING DAY: Tomorrow, Saturday, is a Teaching Day in preparation for the Diocesan’s 2017 Year of the Bible. Bishop Richard will be leading the day at St Richard’s Church, Heathfield and it commences at 10am for coffee with the main sessions from 10.30am to 3pm. The day is primarily intended as a teaching day for the Dallington Deanery but those from other deaneries or denominations are most welcome. Details from Revd Marc Lloyd 01435 830421. Bring you own lunch. Refreshments available.

HISTORY SOCIETY: The final meeting of the year was a light hearted look at eccentricity and originality in David Bramwell’s talk entitled Postal Pranks and Mischief. He posed the question ‘Is there such a thing as originality?’ and used as his example Dan Shelton, a performance artist hoping to win a £10,000 prize for originality in art set up by Situationism artists Charles and Fred Webb. He won the prize by posting himself in a crate to Tate Britain. They refused delivery but he won the prize. But was his postal prank really original? Mr Bramwell produced many precedents going back to Victorian America where young children were delivered to school by the postman (although the young boy looked far from happy peering out from the postman’s sack).

This brought him to the subject of the lecture, Reginald Bray, a little known Victorian eccentric who posted himself home in 1903. Flushed with success he decided to abandon conventional packaging and instead used a miscellaneous group of everyday objects on which to send his messages. He claimed to have sent some 30,000 objects in this way, even using cryptic clues for the addresses. Bray became famous, certainly in Forest Hill where he lived, and at his death was featured on a 1938 Churchman’s cigarette card. Our speaker confessed to emulating Reginald Bray and showed us slides of the objects he had sent to his friend. All but one had been delivered showing that even in today’s more impersonal world the Postal Service still has a sense of humour.

A break now until we meet again on January 19, to hear about The History of Women and Motoring. See you then and meanwhile have a lovely Christmas.

FAMILY FUN DAY: Heathfield Christmas Family Fun Day, Saturday December 3, 1pm to 5pm in the High Street/Station Road. Market stalls, face painting, crafts, Santa’s Grotto, choirs and much more.

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