The Vicarage Lynsted
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This is the first of our new style Newsletters. We hope to issue one each month which will be delivered free to each house in the parishes of Norton, Lynsted and Kingsdown. If you do not get one and have only seen other people's please let us know and we will rectify the omission. There will be a certain amount of general information on the covers which we hope to increase as time goes on. Ple'ase remember our advertisers whose generosity has enabled us to issue this enlarged version of our sheet.
The policy of this newsletter is simple. We want to print anything which is of interest to people living in the three parishes. Church news obviously will be covered but we want it to be much wider than that. Please keep us informed of anything that is happening. Sports clubs please can we have your results. One newspaper used to boast it contained everything fit to print. This is what we will try to do. Lynsted Parish council will be giving an account of its meetings each month and we hope that Norton will soon follow suit.
Please let us know if you have any ideas of what you would like to see in future issues. This is for your reading. Tell us that you want.
COVER DESIGN - LORNA GAMBELL
This will be issued during the last weekend of May. May 29th is Whitsunday or, as we sometimes call it, Pentecost. On that day the Christian Church celebrates its birthday, the day when it all began. A group of frightened, puzzled men gathered in a room in Jerusalem. Suddenly they were filled with a tremendous enthusiasm and a sense of power. From that room in Jerusalem they took their message throughout the known world, a process which is still continuing to this day. This enthusiasm, this sense of power we call the Spirit of God or the Holy Spirit. It so captured them, so got hold of them that onlookers thought they were drunk. And so they were. Drunk with the knowledge that something terrific had happened, something unique in the history of the world, something that was of vital importance to all men everywhere and this message was a precious thing that had to be communicated to all men.
How enthusiastic are we about our Christian faith. In fact how enthusiastic are we about anything these days. Do we care about God, do we care about our fellows? Are we so dispirited that nothing matters any more? Whitsunday gives us a nudge, asks us to think about things. The Spirit of God is still around, still available to all of us if we only open our hearts and minds.
DEATHS We regret to announce the deaths of Queenie Clark of Bensted House and Fred Underhill of Lynsted. R. I. P.
Final arrangements are being made for the visit of a Church Army team during the week beginning 25th June. They arrive on the evening of Saturday and will be staying until the following Monday morning. During that time they want to meet as many people as possible. Of the four members of the team we will be responsible for looking after two of them. So far I have a couple of offers of bed and breakfast and one offer of an evening meal. They have expressed a wish not to stay or eat at the vicarage if possible (I am not sure if this says anything about either our beds or our food) but would rather meet people in their own homes. So if anyone else could offer them a meal (or a bed) please let me know. Nothing elaborate is required but just a normal family meal. During their stay they will be moving around the three parishes and taking part in our normal worship. We hope that they will spend some while in the schools as well as being involved in anything and everything that is going on. Some of them are young students and we will be helping them as well as learning something about the Church Army.
The final (and large amount) draw for this season will be held next month. The date is July 6th - the place The Black Lions Lynsted.
Norton's Jubilee celebrations started with a Songs of Praise evening in church. Just short of 100 people crammed themselves into the building to sing hymns both old and new. It was a happy occasion and one which was enjoyed by everyone. The Sunday School sang a hymn, some of which was written for the occasion, the choir had a solo spot but the main honours of the evening went to the congregation who sang with obvious enjoyment. The church had been specially decorated for the occasion and our thanks are due to the ladies (and gentlemen) whose flower arrangements were the delight and envy of all of us. Refreshments followed the service and people were able to slake their considerable thirsts with tea and revive their energy with tea and sandwiches. To the providers and dishers-out thanks: All round it was a great evening only marred by the fact that Keith and Jim could not be with us. We are grateful to Bert Clarke of Lynsted who gallantly took over the organ for the evening. The collection resulted in a goodly sum which will be sent to the National Jubilee Fund.
The Annual Sports Day this year is on June 14th. All invited although this year people will not see the Rector joining in the races. After his disaster of last year, he is determined to remain a spectator.
One of the social events of the year is
the Cottage Pie supper which is held at Forge Cottage. This year over 60 people came and over £100 was raised for Lynsted Church. Our thanks to all who came or sent gifts and donations. Even more thanks to Peggy and David (not forgetting their helpers) who arranged and worked hard to make it a success.
The wall continues to make progress. Work started on Saturday 21st Lay on building up the flint-faced blocks in front of the concrete retaining wall erected earlier. People can now judge what the finished result will be like. A further session of block-making is at Aymers on May 29th starting at 3p.m: and a further wall-building session has been fixed for Saturday, June 11th. Volunteers for both occasions very welcome.
We need bunting. Can some of the ladies (or gentlemen) make some. Triangles of any coloured material mounted on lengths of tape about 18 inches apart. Each triangle is about 10 inches wide at the top and thirteen inches from top to bottom.
Lynsted will be holding its usual annual Jumble Sale in the early autumn. The more items we have for sale the butter the result will be. So we are now beginning to collect all we can for sale. If you have items for jumble would you please either deliver them to the Vicarage or ring Teynham 371 to arrange for them to be collected. Any items will be stored in the Vicarage until the sale takes place. Details of time and place will come later. So watch the Newsletter for details.
We would like to have a clean-up Saturday in Lynsted Church on June 4th. It would be nice to have everything spick and span for the Jubilee Service on the 5th, So anyone who can spend an hour or so cleaning and polishing will be welcome. Just turn up and we will find you a job.
These clean-up Saturdays have made a great deaI of difference to the appearance of the church and we are grateful to all those who give up a couple of hours to help make the church attractive and welcoming.
We congratulate Trevor Laslett on taking six wickets for seven runs in a recent Norton v Ryarsh match.
We are all sorry to hear about Keith's trouble with his eyes. All who know him, and there must be very many in the villages wish him well and hope that the treatment will be successful. We look forward to that familiar face appearing at set times with groceries and cheerfulness. Apart from missing him in the van we miss him at the organ at Norton. Those of us who can see reasonably well can only imagine what it must be like to find that your sight is apparently going and that you may well soon be unable to see anything.
As stated on other pages part of Lynsted's celebrations will be a family party on the green outside St. Peter's Place. We would like to clean the green up a bit before hand and so volunteers are needed a few days before to give it a little spit and polish.
If you can spare a while to lend a hand please contact John Martin on Greenstreet 535 for details.
Still on the subject of celebration. We hope to have a real live traffic warden to keep the traffic at bay while the parties are going on. Mr. Godden has volunteered to carry out the duties - uniform and all. We are most grateful to him and look forward to having our own special traffic warden for the occasion.
THE SERVICE. The official service of thanksgiving will be on June 5th at 10a.m. We hope to welcome members of the Parish Council and we hope that as many people as possible will join in our worship on that day so that the whole village will come together to give thanks for the 25 years of our Queen's reign.
CHILDREN'S PARTY. About 140 children will gather on the school playing field (weather permitting) on June 7th for tea and games. Each child was to be given a medal to commemorate the Jubilee, but due to the enormous' demand the banks are unable to cope and therefore it will be necessary to distribute these medals some time after the actual Jubilee, but rest assured that they will be distributed as soon as they are available. As some of the games will involve running and gym shoes would be an advantage.
FOR THE FAMILY. There will be a barbecue party on the green opposite the Black Lion later the same evening, commencing at 8p.m. Tim Matthews of the Black lion will be running a bar in one corner of the green hot-dogs and hamburgers will be served in another. All round it should be a good evening for all the family.
Plans are well advanced for this year's Fete. Last year, as you all know, was a record year and this year we hope to do even better. We depend on your support both at the Fete and before. So we do ask for gifts of things that we can sell. A few months ago we printed a list of stalls and their requirements. We make no apology for repeating this list so that if anyone would like to help by making gifts or suggestions, offers of help, etc. they will know who to contact.
White Elephant: Beryl Smith, Lyon House
Bottle Stall: Peggy Bage, Forge Cottage
Tombola: David Bage, Forge Cottage
Cakes, etc: Jean Waters, Orchard House
Ices, soft drinks etc: Jennifer Bones, Colyers
Fancy Goods: Eleanor Hart, Lyndale
Produce Stall: Betty Martin, Lynchett House
Teas: Barbara Hodges & Ann Washington
Plants, etc: Vicarage
Books & Records: Stephanie Davis, Aymers.
General Help: (Carpenters,etc) John Martin or David Bage
Scraps of material for soft toys: Mrs. Nash & Mrs. Clark
A box will be placed in church each Sunday morning from now onwards to receive any contributions towards the teas. Perhaps people will drop in the odd amount of tea or sugar or a little dried fruit for cake making. If everyone contributes a few ounces of raw material we can save a large outlay on the day.
See also the appeal for sewing on another page.
The friends of Lynsted School have started their career with several fund raising efforts. Please not only support the efforts but become a member yourself. A very modest subscription of 10p makes you a member. What can you get for 10p these days: Every penny that you. give will.go to the benefit of the children of the village and.no one can deny that that isnot a bad thing. So far the Friends have held a Jubilee Fashion Show with refreshments and a draw on May 24th. Future events include:
June 21st. 7.30p.m. in the School A Beetle Drive and Dart match.
This is a fun evening for everyone.
July 2nd. A Sponsored Walk.
This is to raise funds for a microscope for use in the school. This is something that is badly needed but which cannot be paid for in any other way. Please be generous in your sponsorship of the children who will be walking. We also need volunteers to man chock points, pick up stragglers and generally help in the organisation. Names to Ron Harwood or any of the Management Committee.
Among items of interest to everyone which have recently been discussed by the Council were:-
(1) An extension to the footpath opposite Bogle.
(2) The soakaway outside Lynchett House. This is to be reconstructed so as to prevent the street turning into a pond each time there is a heavy down pour of rain
(3) Likewise to prevent flooding outside Anchor House the gulley is to be repaired. Apparently there is a broken section which has caused the trouble.
(4) Comments have been made on the quality of recent hedge-cutting in Lynsted Lane. Apparently it was done by private con-tractors and the owner's of the properties were very disappointed at the result. Hedges are not the responsibility of ¬Councils but of the owners of the property.
(5) Street Lighting. We will shortly have a new street light in the village. All has been approved and the only thing remaining to be done (apart from installation) is the negotiating of wayleaves.
(6) The Council will attend the special Jubilee Service at Lynsted Church on Sunday, June 5th at 10 a.m.
Elections. Mr. B. Goldberg was Chairman and Mrs. Friday Vice-Chairman
Sun. 5th. 9 a.m. Holy Communion Kingsdown
10 a.m. JUBILEE SERVICE at Lynsted
11.30 a.m. JUBILEE SERVICE at Norton
Tues. 7th. JUBILEE PARTIES
Wed. 8th. Lynsted P.C.C. 8 p.m. Vicarage
Sat. 11th. St, Barnabas. Holy Communion Lynsted 9 a.m.
Sun. 12th. Holy Communion Norton 9 a.m.
Sung Eucharist Lynsted 10 a.m.
Children's service Kingsdown 3 p.m.
Tues.14th Norton School Sports
Thur.16th. Norton Village Hall Committee 8 p.m.
Sun. 19th. Holy Communion Lynsted 8 a.m.
Sung Eucharist Lynsted 10 a.m.
Holy Communion Norton 11.30 a.m.
Evensong Kingsdown 3 p.m.
Fri. 25th. Coffee Evening 7-9 p.m. Newlands.
Sat. 26th. Church Army Team arrives.
Sun. 27th Holy Communion Norton 9 a.m,
Sung Eucharist Lynsted 10 a.m.
Evensong Kingsdown 3 p.m.
Evensong Norton 6.30 p.m.
Wed. 29th, St, Peter's Day Service Lynsted, 8 p.m.
As St. Peter is one of the Patron Saints of Lynsted we will be celebrating his day on June 29th at.8 p.m. We hope that as many people as possible will come along to join in a service of words, music and mime. We hope that the children of Lynsted School will be playing a prominent role in the festivities and so please support them.
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