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(posted on behalf of Bobbie Steel):

Church services in December:

Sunda 3rd. 11am. Service of The Word.
10th 6.30pm. Evensong
17th. 6.30pm. Carol Service
24th. 11.30pm. Midnight Holy Communion
31st. 10am. Holy Communion

The Christmas Tree will be decorated in the church to be ready for the Carol Service and the School Christmas service.

The Rev. Marc Lloyd will be with us for the midnight service and on Dec. 31st, The Rev Stuart Baker will celebrate Holy Communion.

Old School Village Hall.
The talk by our Tree Warden, Doug Edworthy, was well attended and much appreciated by all. Doug informed us that in Dallington Forest we have a number of very precious, ancient trees and evidence of iron – works going back to Roman times and before. Doug has promised to arrange some guided walks, including easier ones for the less able. We will keep him to that!

Flower Club
The Flower Club will meet on December 7th at 2pm.  The theme is Christmas Decorations.

Mobile Library
The library will visit the Street on December 5th between 2.20 and 2.50pm. The powers-that-be are once again thinking of axing this service so please do try to support it.

Womens Institute
Our Speaker in October, Ian Everest, talked about the Women’s Land Army. He told us that his mother was one of the women who left London behind to come and work on a Sussex farm, and who married a farmer and never went back to the city. He also said how the men had, at first, been unable to accept the fact that the women could be capable of doing a day of heavy work on the land, but were soon proved wrong.
Our Christmas Lunch will be on December 21st, 12 for 12.30, in the Old School Hal




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(posted on behalf of Bobbie Steel)

Church Services

3rd      Service of The Word.       11am
10th    Evensong.                           6.30pm
17th    Holy Communion.            11am
24th    Holy Communion.             9.30am
1st      Service of The Word.         11am

Tuesdays in term time,  Holy Communion   8.15am


The mobile library van will be in the village street on Tuesday September 12th, between 2.20 and 2.50pm

Flower Club

The first meeting of the season will be on September 7th at 2pm, in The Old School. The subject: Music. All are very welcome.


Members, friends and guests celebrated the centenary of Dallington W.I. in style.  Jerusalem and a toast to the past and future began an evening of entertainment and a most enjoyable spread. The format was quite probably the same as it would have been 100 years previously, except for the delicious food which would not have been available in1917, in the middle of the Great War. There was a tangible feeling of history as we thought of those other members so long ago.

Old School Village Hall.

Derby Night.Friday October 6th, 7.30pm
Refreshments and racing. Bring your own drinks. Entry £5

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(Village news for parish magazine and website contributed by Bobbie Steel)

Church services in August

6th.      Holy Communion with Bishop Barham.    11am

13th.    Evensong.                                                        6.30pm

20th.    Holy Communion.                                       11am

27th.    Holy Communion.                                         9.30am

No Tuesday Holy Communion Services in August

September 3rd. Service of The Word.                     11am

The Mobile Library

The Mobile Library will be in the village Street on August 1st and 22nd between 2.20 and 2.50pm


Another of those days which were successful despite the weather. Although it didn’t actually rain we were not blessed with a fine sunny day, but of course, as ever, our good and loyal visitors arrived. The tea and delicious cakes, instead of being served under blue skies in the churchyard , were enjoyed inside. The gardens, eight in all, into which had gone blood, sweat and tears , were very much appreciated , it was lovely to listen to the comments of visitors as they studied their maps and ticked off the ‘seen’ gardens and those still to be visited. The extra attractions, plant sale, tombola, books and Pimms all added to the atmosphere and the feeling of a village busily working in harmony.  The day was rounded off with a service of Songs of Praise led by the Reverend Stuart Baker. The proceeds have been divided equally to the village hall and the church. A very good day.

Old School Village Hall

The refurbishment still goes on and thanks must go to the small band of people who have worn a groove in The Street as they put in so many hours of their time and skill. The next fund-raising event will be the Dallington Derby in September. Date still to be announced.


The June meeting took place in the delightful garden of Turners Towers. Our hosts, Julia Padbury and Christopher Miscampbell joined us as we walked around and answered all of our many questions. Tea was served on a sunny lawn and, despite a gentle breeze, a cake with a lit candle was presented to Joan who was  celebrating her birthday . The afternoon was very much enjoyed.
Our August meeting will be another garden party as we think about the programme for next year. We have had some excellent Speakers this year, we meet on the third Thursday of each month, in the afternoon or evening depending on the season. Visitors are always welcome.

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From Bobbie Steel:

Services for Dallington in June

June 4th    Pentecost Holy Communion 11am Rev’d Patrick Sales

11th            Trinity Holy Communion 11am The Arch Deacon

18th            Holy Communion 10am Rev’d Stuart Baker

25th            Open Gardens Songs of Praise 5.30pm

July 2nd     Hymn Practice. Suggestions please 11am

Every Tuesday at 8.15am. B.C.P. Holy Communion Rev’d Stuart Baker

You will notice that on July 2nd at 11am we are having a hymn practice. Maybe you would like to learn one of the modern hymns or just brush up on one of the old favourites, but come along and enjoy a good sing. Any suggestions to Bobbie or myself please. Angela.

While the Rector is away should you wish to talk to a member of the clergy please get in touch with either Wendy or myself and we should be able to help. Angela.


The mobile library will be in The Street on June 20th 2.20-2.50pm.


Flower Club has its summer break until Thursday September7th.


The Art Club continues to meet on Monday mornings 10-12 in the Old School (Village Hall) and will carry on until the end of July and then restart in September. New members welcome at any time (and visiting grandchildren who enjoy drawing).


Our Speaker at the April meeting was Ian Rumley-Dawson. Ian and his wife have travelled extensively, lecturing on some of the large cruise ships and seeing amazing places. However, the place on which this talk was based is just down the road, Hastings Country Park, an area of wildness with prehistoric remains. We all very much enjoyed hearing what Ian had to say.

For our June meeting we are leaving the village hall to visit the lovely garden at Turners House. We are promised cakes.


Since the last report we have enjoyed two very good social Events:

  • A Quiz presented in a different format this time with topics such as Who? What? Where? A good number of people attended, and, as ever, found out what they did not know!
  • On Saturday May 6th we had a Plant Sale, where as well as an amazing number of good plants, there were delicious refreshments. The chairs were filled with people meeting neighbours and lots of plants were carried off. However, at both of these events there were all of the faces one might expect to see. The question is how do we persuade others to join in? Bobbie.

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St Giles news

(posted on behalf of Bobbie Steel)

Church Services for May

Sunday 7th   11.00am.     To be announced
14th      6.30pm.    Evensong. Revd. Anne Marie Crosse
21st.   10.00am.   Holy Communion. Rogation.
28th.    9.30am.  Holy Communion

Sunday June 4th. 11.00am. Holy Communion

Every Tuesday. 8.15am. Holy Communion

Lent ‘Soup Kitchen’ lunches.

During the six weeks of Lent soup lunches were served in the church every Saturday. This is quite a task as everything from the soup bowls to the large pans of soup has to be brought from home, (although Nick and Charlotte are very kind in offering the use of their drive to save the long walk up the path). However all of the efforts are more than worthwhile when the dining area in the church is alive with friends and neighbours enjoying their time together. The lunches engender a huge amount of goodwill and charity. The soup-makers do not take any expenses and the diners give very generously, and because of this it is a delight to report that a little over one thousand pounds will be shared between St. Michael’s Hospice and Water Aid. A wonderful outcome.

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A Quarter Peal with half muffled bells was rung at St Giles Church Dallington on Wednesday evening 8th October to give thanks for the life of the Reverend Lord John Wrenbury, who died peacefully at home on 27th September 2014, aged 87 years. Funeral Service to be held at St Giles’ Church, Dallington on Saturday 11th October at 2.30 p.m. No flowers please, but donations, if desired, payable to Dallington PCC, for St Giles’ Church, may be sent c/o C. Waterhouse & Sons, High Street, Burwash, TN19 7ET. Tel: 01435 882219.

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With the 100 year anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1 there has been a good deal of research throughout the country regarding those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
This has certainly been the case in Dallington as we prepare to remember those brave young villagers as part of our Flower Festival, with a special event being held in St Giles on Saturday 9th September at 7pm.
Preparation for this event has revealed a lot more information that appears to have been forgotten.
In 1918 the temporary Dallington Memorial contained the names of 21 villagers who lost their lives during this conflict. However, when the permanent memorial was unveiled in 1920 the roll of honour had been reduced to 8. In the vast majority of cases their sacrifice has been recorded on nearby memorials but there does appear to be a number of young men from Dallington whose deaths have not been included on any traceable memorials.
It is our hope that these forgotten heroes will be added on to our village memorial.
We have been contacted by family members of one young man who have requested that his name be added and it is our wish to include any other Dallington man who has not been remembered elsewhere.
The following men had previously been recorded as having been killed in the 1st World War but memorials of their sacrifices have not been traced.

William Adams
Cecil Baker
Arthur Catt
Frederick Kemp jun.
Harry Lulham

If any reader has any further information regarding the above I would be very pleased to hear from them.

Roy Iremonger (Tel. 01323 832627 or royandsue01@btinternet.com)

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