SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Returns for Term 5 on Monday April 11, at the usual time, and hopes everyone is having a well-earned rest.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: Was full on Easter Sunday, after moving services on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday and a well attended Craft Morning for children on Easter Saturday. The Vicar, Revd Jeremy Bamber, in an attempt to explain how people might respond to the stories of Christ’s resurrection, cut off the tie of one of the church members and wondered whether such an act of vandalism in church on Easter Sunday would be believed by others who weren’t there. Apparently, this is a kind of Valentine’s action which is indulged in by German women. He then went on to argue that Scepticism in church is welcome, because it is about being open to the truth. Doubting Thomas shed his doubts when faced with the risen Christ and didn’t need to put his hand in Jesus’ side as he had sworn he would do. Scepticism is acceptable. But refusing to believe against all odds is not, and Thomas found he did not need to go any farther than look upon the risen Christ to know that he had risen and the story which Jesus had told them before his crucifixion had been confirmed to his own satisfaction. On this coming Sunday, there will be an informal Communion service, with a Blessing. All are welcome. The service begins at 9.30am. All are welcome.

OLD MALLING FARM: Councillor Daisy Cooper emailed residents of South Malling last week to let them know that the planning inspector’s report has actually accepted the building of 240 houses with only 40 percent affordable on Old Malling Farm Land. There will be no nature reserve. Many Malling residents will be disappointed.

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