Waldron news
Waldron news

NOTES NEEDED: Nigel is writing again, which means that next winter there will be a Waldron panto. (Oh yes, there will…) The only problem (so far, apart from having only part of the script, no cast, and no backstage team) is we have no accompanist for our singers. Is there anyone out there with a hidden talent for tinkling the ivories and who would be prepared to come along to a few rehearsals (in November/December and three performances in January 2020? It’s huge fun and a great way to get to know people and share in a truly village community experience.

EASTER LILIES: Every year, we have a wonderful display of lilies at both churches, in memory of loved ones we have lost. Each year, members of the congregation who wish, make a donation to the flower arranging teams for the purchase of the lilies and give the name or names of those they would like to remember. Contact Jane Leney for All Saints’ if you would like to take part in this informal act of remembrance, sending a cheque made out to All Saints’ Flower Fund to Jane at The Laurels, Cross in Hand, TN21 0QA with the name of the person or people you want to commemorate. I understand that lilies cost £2.50 per stem. During the Easter weekend (April 19 to 21) the list of those being remembered will be displayed in the Hospitality area at All Saints’. St Bartholomew’s has a similar arrangement and the person to contact there is Muriel Campbell, so contact her direct or leave your name on the list at the back of the church. Don’t delay as there isn’t much time left before Easter.

WEIGHT 4IT: Friday mornings is the time for weighing ourselves at Waldron Community Coffee Shop at 9.30am. This is a friendly weigh-in for those of us who would like support to achieve a slimmer outline and outlook. There is no finger-wagging or pressure, but we compare notes, exchange ideas and recipes in an effort to help each other to get healthier and happier. Everyone welcome and it’s just £1 a week contribution for the shop, and the opportunity to have a coffee (or tea) and a chat in a sociable setting.

SERVICES: This Sunday will be Palm Sunday and services will be held at St Bartholomew’s. Holy Communion is at 8am at which George will preside and preach and at 10am Parish Eucharist Lucy will preside and George will preach. This week our organisers for Family Support Work (FSW) are asking us to bring along Easter eggs for families in need. FSW is the only charity based in Sussex for families living in the county and needing help and support. It has also been selected as one of the charities to benefit from token collection at our local branch of Waitrose in Heathfield. You will be given a token when you pay your bill at the till and if you put it in the appropriate collecting point as you go out, FSW will receive a share of £500 based on the number of tokens received. Don’t forget to ask for a token if it isn’t automatically offered.

HOLY WEEK: As we approach Easter, there will be extra services daily. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Compline will be held at St Bartholomew’s at 7pm every evening, led by the Parish Prayer Group. On Thursday a Passover supper (Haggadah) will take place starting at 6.30pm at All Saints’ followed by the Washing of Feet, Communion, stripping the altar and a Vigil. Come for as much or as little as you wish. Good Friday will begin at noon at St Bartholomew’s with Devotions, followed by Frugality and Fasting at Culverwood at 1.00 pm and a further service/vigil at All Saints’ from 2pm to 3pm. Easter Sunday will be celebrated with First Communion and Breakfast at St Bartholomew’s at 8am and Easter Celebration with Eucharist at All Saints’ at 10am. There will also be a baptism.