Malling news
Malling news

SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Is delighted that a group of their Purple Polar Bear (Year 6) children were the winners of this year’s Safety in Action at Newhaven Fort. They clearly demonstrated that they know how to keep themselves safe in a variety of situations and knew how to manage the risks they were faced with. Not only did they gain the most points in the East Sussex Safety in Action project but they also gained the most points in Safety in Action across the country. They have been awarded a prize of £150 and have added a certificate to the School’s gallery of greatness in the foyer. Well done to all who took part.

The musical talent of the South Malling children once again wowed their audience at the summer concert in the church last week. It was fantastic to see and hear the range of music, instruments and groupings on show. Each year the talent seems to grow and the progress each child makes year on year is a joy to witness. Thank you to Mrs Starnes, Ms Harrison and Miss Matthews for organising it (and for their own extraordinary performance!).

MALLING CHURCH: The church enjoyed last weekend’s Connect celebrations at Trinity, St John sub Castro, with guest speaker Bishop Michael Nazir Ali, former Bishop of Rochester. He is now working with an organisation called Oxtrad which is committed to the study of Freedom and Respect for people with established beliefs. It was especially good to see such a big church filled completely, with standing room only, for the morning service. In a seminar after lunch, Bishop Michael set out, in a detailed and impressive presentation, the extent to which Freedom of Belief has been respected throughout the ages and the way that the development of civil rights challenges how far some of those beliefs can continue to be fully held in the modern world. There were no conclusions for a complex and challenging set of issues, except the request that we should seek to understand where people are coming from and sympathise with their angst when they find themselves challenged by new and different ways of thinking. This week the service is Holy Communion, back again at South Malling Church at 9.30am. Revd Jeremy Bamber will be leading the Service and all are welcome.

TENANTS AND RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: The street party in Queen’s Road (Fitzgerald Green) last Sunday to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday went ahead despite the rain, though partygoers strategically shifted from the rain outside to the home of Councillor John Lamb and his wife, Gaynor. Thanks to them and well done to all those who attended. The raft race is taking place on Malling Field on July 3. Leaflets about the Summer Play School will be provided to South Malling School and will take place through August.

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