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FROM THE VICARAGE                                                                                 JUNE 2007

                                   QUOTATIONS OF THE MONTH
‘A text, particularly one as fecund and multilayered as the Bible cannot be ring-fenced. Meaning scatters
off the page in a multiplicity of directions.’ (Giles Fraser)

‘He looked into the water and saw that it was made up of a thousand thousand thousand and one
different currents, each one a different colour, weaving in and out of one another like a liquid tapestry of
breathtaking complexity; and because the stories were held in fluid form, they retained the ability to
change, to become new versions of themselves, to join up with other stories and so become yet other
stories.’ (Salman Rushdie)

I felt these two quotes gave both an enlightened and invigorating insight into how we view sacred
writings, one from a Christian background, the other from a Muslim one.

So many of the devastating disputes in our world are about how we understand the texts that we
treasure, about which we easily become defensive and protective and don’t affirm any ability in them to
‘change or become new versions of themselves’. In other words, so anxious are we to ‘ring fence’ them,
that they can easily lose their appropriateness to our own times. There are always those who want us to
take scriptures at absolute face value and see only a single interpretation.

A well known example would be the famous parable of the Good Samaritan; a simplistic reading would
just see the good Samaritan and the bad priest and Levite. It would ignore the purity laws which
governed the behaviour of religious Jews in Christ’s time and probably wouldn’t know of the long-
standing dispute between Jews and Samaritans – an orthodox Jew would be shocked to learn of a hated
Samaritan being seen in the role of humanitarian rescuer.

Now, try telling this story in our own times. Which character would we identify with? Who walks by on
the other side? There are still places in our world where people would recognise themselves as the
victim. Gang warfare has its own religious-like rules. ‘I wouldn’t be seen dead going anywhere
near<<’ you fill in the blank!

I rejoice in the ebb and flow of scriptures – the sea of faith which flows across the centuries, doesn’t
merely take us back to ancient shores but with its thousands of currents, touches our present and
illuminates it, always providing we don’t dam it up and close it in and so make it lifeless!

Your friend and priest
Fr. Bob

 The Rev’d Stephen Mitchell, The Vicarage, Edenbridge                       Off duty: Tuesday    862258
 The Rev’d Bob Jones, The Vicarage, Oakdale Lane, Crockham Hill             Off duty: Thursday   866515
Pastoral Assistant: Mrs Trish Proctor, Guildables, Guildables Lane                               866219
Churchwardens: Mr Ian Maple, 41 Highfields Rd, Marlpit Hill                                      863144
                    Mr James Drever, Ivy House, Froghole Lane, C. Hill                           866373
PCC Secretary:      Mrs Jo Sheldon, Green Trees, Main Road, Crockham Hill                        865903

                              CHURCH SERVICES FOR JUNE 2007
JUNE 3        TRINITY SUNDAY                              Theme: Patronal Festival
 8.00am       Holy Communion at EDENBRIDGE
10.00am       Family Eucharist                            Sidesman:      R Ellis
              (Sunday Club)                               Readers:       I Maple & Clergy
                                                          Intercessor:   D Stafford

JUNE 10       CORPUS CHRISTI                              Theme: Our spiritual nourishment
 8.00am       Holy Communion (CW)                         Sidesman:     T Lancaster
11.15am       Family Eucharist                            Sidesman:     F Gladstone
              (Sunday Club)                               Readers:      M Court & Clergy
                                                          Intercessor:  T Proctor

JUNE 17       TRINITY 2                                   Theme: The Christian Family
 8.00am       Holy Communion at EDENBRIDGE
11.15am       Family Eucharist with Baptism               Sidesman:      S Boulton
              (Sunday Club)                               Readers:       T Lancaster & Clergy
                                                          Intercessor:   T Proctor

JUNE 19       WEEKDAY EUCHARIST at 9.30am

JUNE 24       BIRTH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST                   Theme: The Forerunner
 8.00am       Holy Communion (CW)                         Sidesman:     A Netherclift
11.15am       Family Eucharist – with Sunday Club         Sidesman:     K Netherclift
                                                          Readers:      Sunday Club & Clergy
                                                          Intercessor:  Sunday Club

JULY 1        ST PETER & ST PAUL                          Theme: Founding Fathers
 8.00am       Holy Communion at EDENBRIDGE
10.00am       Family Eucharist                            Sidesman:      A Proctor
              (Sunday Club)                               Readers:       M Court & Clergy
                                                          Intercessor:   D Stafford

Should anyone need a lift to church, please phone Trish or one of the wardens who will be happy to
arrange it.
EVERY SUNDAY 8.00am Holy Communion                 9.30am Family Eucharist        6.30pm
WEDNESDAYS 10.30am Holy Communion (BCP) THURSDAYS 7.30pm Holy Communion (CW)

JUNE 3        Mrs Creighton & Mrs Murison           JUNE 10/17    Mrs Addiscott & Mrs May
JUNE 24/JULY 1       Mrs Reynolds                          JULY 8/15    Mrs Hodges & Mrs V

JUNE 2        Mrs Hodges & Mr Woodward              JUNE 9        Mr Stafford & Mrs Batten
JUNE 16       Mrs Proctor & Mrs Dargie              JUNE 23       Mrs Collins & Mrs Durose
JUNE 30       Mr & Mrs Maple                        JULY 7        Mrs G Hunter & Mrs Cash


This year’s Fete will be held in the hospital grounds from 2-4pm on Saturday 2nd – with fun for all the family
and stalls that include: bottles, bric-a-brac, plants, cakes, gifts, books, toys, jewellery. There will be sideshows,
drinks and refreshments; a Grand Draw – Lucky number programmes; the Edenbridge Town Band will
entertain, and there’s free parking in Blossoms Park. Do come and support our local hospital.
  Crockham Hill W.I. will be running the customary Pantry Stall, and would be grateful if you could bring
your contributions to the Harris Room at the Village Hall on the morning of the Fete, between 10am and noon.
Thank you so much.

After 14 years of monthly meetings led in his inimitable style by Tom Rogers at Chartside, the Discussion
Group will be moving to The Old Forge in Smith’s Lane as from Sunday 10th. Tom’s imminent departure from
the village was marked by the Group last month with a low-key farewell gathering and presentation of one of
Michael Court’s paintings. He will be greatly missed by us all.

This month we meet on Tuesday 5th at Emma Hanrott’s, Old Cobblers, Smith’s Lane (866244). All are welcome,
with or without children, from 9.30am onwards for coffee, biscuits and a chat.      Katy          Netherclift

THE EXPLORERS GROUP is going to visit Rochester Cathedral on Wednesday 6th. We shall meet outside
our church following the school service, and hope to leave soon after 9.30am, and return by 3pm. Anyone who
would like to come will be most welcome. This is an informal group to which anyone is invited who wants to
explore their faith and learn more about being a Christian in our world today. Young children are welcome
too. Do come and join us.
Trish 866219

In April members enjoyed the beauty of the bluebells in Staffhurst Wood, and some couldn’t resist the
temptation of the swing dangling amongst the trees! The May meeting was preceded by a scrumptious
Ploughman’s Lunch arranged by Sheila Deans. Following the business the President gave a resumé of the
background facts regarding the resolution: ‘Closure of Community Hospitals’ to be debated at the national
AGM at the Albert Hall on June 6th. Our link delegate, Trudie Weaver of Hever Bullen W.I., took note of our
unanimous vote in favour. Susan Cash gave her report from the meeting at Ditton on ‘The Great Milk Debate’,
and Linda Brown added further details from the meeting held in Matfield.
  On a wet Sunday in May, some joined the treasure hunt along the tiny lanes around Meopham, Cobham and
Luddesdown. The deluge did not deter us from seeking out answers to the clues, and eventually we joined
other participants for a W.I. tea at Hopehill. Boughton Monchelsea W.I. won with full marks of 34; our score
was 29.
  Sadly Jean Clarke, a long standing member and former resident of Crockham Hill, lost her battle for life in
the Kent & Sussex Hospital on May 9th. She will be missed.
  Our next meeting on Wednesday 6th features Court Embroidery by Janet Hancock. Do come.              Phyllis

The next market is on Saturday 9th from 10.00am in the Village Hall. Come and buy from local craftsmen and
producers a range of jewelry, cakes, preserves, greetings cards for all occasions, collectables and books.
Refreshments are available throughout the morning. To reserve table space, phone 866319.             Freda

On three occasions this month the garden at Lewins will be open under the National Garden Scheme. On
Sunday 10th and Wednesday 13th the times are 11am-5.30pm, while on Wednesday 20th it will be an evening

opening from 6-9pm.                                                                     Derek     &     Valerie

At 10.30 on Wednesday 13th, Pamela Collins will lead a discussion on a topical subject at Rosemary Durose’s,
Squerryes End. On 27th at 10.30 our Summer Service will be held at Trish Proctor’s house, Guildables, when
the Rev’d Bob Jones will give the talk. Joan Gayford has kindly invited us to stay for lunch after the talk on
July 11th. To help the catering, will you please let me know by June 27 th if you are able to accept. Rosemary

Helping Marsh Green celebrate the 125th anniversary of St John’s Church, the Museum will be mounting an
exhibition of Marsh Green Memories from Wednesday June 13th to Sunday July 22nd. At the end of this month,
on Saturday 30th, from 6-8pm, there is to be a Summer Evening Garden Viewing at Edenbridge House by kind
permission of Mr and Mrs David Lloyd. Admission £8 (EVMT members £6) to include complimentary drink
and light refreshments.

At the AGM last month of the Friends of Crockham Hill School (FROCHS), Headmistress Val Viret gave a
short talk on the children’s outings and activities held during the year with the help of FROCHS funding. On
display were plans for the new school hall which will extend to the east of the existing building, and be used
by the children for dining purposes and all school activities.                                         Doreen

Graham Harmer is booked to be the demonstrator at our meeting on Wednesday 13th, with his subject Summer
Bounty. As usual we meet in St Peter’s Church Hall, Limpsfield at 2pm. New members are always welcome.
For further information please contact the Secretary, Barbara Mockford on 01883 722525.

THE OVER 70’s LUNCH will be on Thursday 14th at 12.30 in the Village Hall. We are delighted that
several new people have joined us recently; new members are always most welcome to join this happy
monthly occasion. Please let me know if you would like to come; as usual, £3 payable on the day.
Trish 866219

This month the lovely garden at Edenbridge House is open to the public on Sunday 17th (2-6pm) and
Wednesday 20th (6-9pm) on behalf of the National Gardens Scheme. Admission on the Sunday will be £3
(children free), but £4 to include wine on the Wednesday evening opening. As usual there will be home-made
teas on the Sunday, and plants will be sold. The garden and nursery are also open throughout the summer on
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons (2-5pm).

Eight of Chiddingstone’s gardens are opening in this the 23rd year of the tour, on Sunday 17th from 2-6pm.
Two will be serving cream teas. Tickets £5 (children free) and maps will be available from Chiddingstone
Village and Causeway shops, or from each garden on the day. All proceeds go to Chiddingstone’s two
churches – St Mary’s and St Luke’s.
                    Chris Bell

THE PRAYER GROUP will meet on Wednesday 20th at 2pm at Ivy Everest’s home, 22 Deanery Road. If
you would like to come and need transport, please let me know. We are a small group who would be
delighted to welcome more people to join us in a short time of prayer, for the needs of our world and our local

community. If you can spare 30-40 minutes of your time, why not come and join us?
      Trish 866219

Tudeley Church near Tonbridge, noted for its magnificent collection of stained glass windows by Marc
Chagall, is the setting for a concert by The Warlock Singers at 8pm on Thursday 21st. The concert marks Elgar’s
150th anniversary and will feature songs by Elgar, as well as Peter Warlock, Vaughan Williams, Grainger and
others. The church has limited seating so book early (£10 each) on 01732 866372.

St John’s at Marsh Green is 125 years old – but very much alive, and celebrating the anniversary with a
FLOWER FESTIVAL on the weekend of Saturday/Sunday 23rd & 24th based on Psalm 104, and with a small
display of textile panels depicting the world as we have made it – ‘The good, the bad and the ugly’. The
Festival opens from 10am to 5pm on the Saturday, and from 1-4pm on Sunday.
  On Saturday 23rd from 2pm there’ll be a TRADITIONAL FETE on the green, with free cream teas available.
And at 7.30pm a FOLK MUSIC CONCERT with Edenbridge-based Pig’s Ear leading the entertainment. Adults
£8, Children free – for advanced ticket sales contact Elizabeth Richmond on 01732 863368.
  On Sunday 24th celebrations continue with SONGS OF PRAISE at 11am – with songs and hymns chosen by
local groups. From 1-4pm the FLOWER FESTIVAL, followed at 6.30pm with UNITED WORSHIP when
Edenbridge churches join together, and the URC’s National Moderator, the Rev’d Elizaabeth Caswell will
preach. Proceeds from anniversary events will go to the charity Practical Action’s work in Bangladesh.

Traidcraft goods are on sale at Bridges in Edenbridge High Street on the last Thursday of each month, from
10am to 12noon. This month it will be Thursday 28th.                                            Susan Cash

Crockham Hill has been supporting the Leprosy Mission for at least 20 years through donations, box schemes
and used stamps - during 2006 we sent just over £400, plus a mountain of used stamps faithfully trimmed by
Ivy Everest. In recognition of this long association, the South East Coordinator will visit us on Sunday July 1st
to tell us more about where our support goes, how it is used, and the benefits it brings in transforming lives.
He will be speaking at the 10am service at Holy Trinity that day, but will also be around for much of the
morning. If you wish to meet him, please get in touch with David Stafford on 866327.

Up-to-date details of coming events and local village news can be found on www.crockhamhillevents.co.uk If
you have news, contact the editor Mark Hancox, via info@crockhamhillevents.co.uk

Huddling under a tree while rain pours down is not how most folk imagine a picnic in May. But 14 stalwarts
and 3 dogs did their best to ignore the weather on this year’s Rogation Ramble, and laughed and chatted their
way along 5 miles of footpaths that provided long views (despite the rain) across some of the best of southern
England. Cups of tea, with sausage rolls and mouth-watering cakes rounded off the day – and as we emerged
to go home, the sun shone and rain clouds slid away< Next year we’ll probably have a heatwave.           Kev &

Despite being held on a blustery Bank Holiday Monday, when putting up the gazebo in high winds
threatened a repeat of events at last year’s Village Fete, the Plant Sale was well supported and raised over
£300. Thanks to all who either contributed plants, or came and bought (or both); and especially to the Sheldons
and Maples who organised it. Also special thanks to the Select Garden Centre at Sundridge, and Four Elms
Nursery who were both very generous with donations of plants.

Listen very carefully, I shall say zis only once – le Fete du Crockham Hill will be formidable this year with
beaucoup de fun et games, all with a silly accent du Francais to celebrate Bastille Day. Everyone will be able to
join in our big games of Onion Boules and there will be a chance to WIN A BRAND NEW RENAULT.
  Naturellement, we also have our regular favourites of Hoop-La-La et le Bouncy Chateau. A corner of the
foreign field will be forever England however with a very English Pimms Tent, but you’ll have to come along
on the day to see if the ladies in the tea tent dress up like the waitresses from Allo Allo!!
  Please would you remember to start putting aside all your decent bric-a-brac, DVDs and CDs and books, and
we will give you fair warning in the July Newsletter as to how these items can reach us. We would also
welcome any offers of home-made produce – especially jams, preserves, chutneys and pickles, and please note
that although we don not have a plant stall, we would very much appreciate home-grown fruit and
  We will take all your old crockery for the crockery smashing stall, as well as any donations of bottles for the
bottle tombola. There are just one or two stalls for which we need help – namely the BBQ and tractor driving,
so do please call me if you can help out on the day.                                          Nick Sheldon 865903

Join us for a sponsored run from Westerham to Crockham Hill on the afternoon of Sunday 12th August. The
appeal has raised almost all the money to purchase the second half of the house in which Octavia Hill was
born, and now needs funds to extend the existing museum. For more details contact Susan Cash on 866218.

The sale held last month at Cloverlea in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society, raised a magnificent £470. Sue Stafford
would like to thank all who supported the day.

Edenbridge Churches in Covenant plan a pilgrimage walk from Crockham Hill or Edenbridge to St Andrew’s
Convent on Sunday September 9th, and on Wednesday September 26th, the ECC’s AGM will be followed by a
showing of The Imam and the Pastor, a film about reconciliation work in Nigeria which has become a blueprint
for UN work in conflict zones. In October 25 years of the Covenant will be celebrated in style – details later.

With the scaffolding in place, the quinquennial repair work is well under way, but a closer inspection revealed
additional minor works need to be carried out, including making good some previous repairs that, though
good in intention, were poorly executed. The company carrying out the work are skilled in their craft and
great care is being taken to match the colour of the mortar being used for any repointing work, and also the
colour of any replacement stone. The latter has posed some difficulties because the best quality stone is paler
than the best match building grade stone. The intended completion date is June 23 rd (a total time of 10 weeks)
although this may need revising should it prove necessary, and we hope to avail ourselves of the scaffolding
while it is there to effect a few minor repairs to the roof tiling.
Ian Maple

Desperately seeking to purchase a four bedroom (character) property with reasonable sized garden in
Crockham Hill or surrounding areas. Currently under offer on own property. Please contact Danielle
Simmonds-Dance on 07782 229485 or email: d_simmonds_dance@hotmail.com


Thank you to all who sponsored me for the above event at Edenbridge Leisure Centre in April. I managed to
swim 30 lengths in the 30 minutes allotted, and now need a holiday! A sum of £480 was promised by sponsors,
and with gift aid this will increase to some £560. Thank you all for your generosity.         David Hodges

‘We want to thank all our friends in and around Crockham Hill, for the generous and very appropriate gift as
a memento of the Radio Active CHIPS production. Thank you also for your good wishes for our new life in
Wales – but more particularly for the many years of pleasure it has given us to be part of something special.
Much of our life centred on Crockham Hill for the best part of 20 years; from Peter and Elizabeth’s days at the
school, through our many happy times with CHIPS to key events in the life of the village such as the
millenium celebrations and many hot pot suppers. Crockham Hill sets a fine example of how a small
community should work, and our family will always carry with us the many good examples and experiences
it has brought to us.
   Contrary to popular belief, Wales is not on another planet; neither are passports required to cross the border.
Admittedly the language can be a little strange with quite baffling pronunciations which quickly identify one
as an outsider. On a good run it is less than 3 hours from Crockham Hill to Abergavenny, and so we will
always look forward to visitors. As our work continues to take us all over the UK, and we have many
customers in the South East who will require regular visits, you are not completely rid of us just yet!’ Chris &
Linda Newton

At the Village Hall AGM recently the Trustees made a plea for someone to cut the grass on a regular basis in
the Hall garden – for a fee. Please contact either Kev Reynolds (866457) or David Stafford (866327) if you know
of anyone who might be interested.

The inspiring – and entertaining – talk given recently by Alan and Morna Whitlock about their time serving on
the Mercy Ship off the coast of Ghana, was well-attended and raised £505 for the continuing work of the
charity - a splendid result. Alan and Morna wish to thank all who came and supported the evening.

Once again it’s time to invite your donations to help offset production costs of this Newsletter, which goes to
every household in the village as a regular source of information for and about Crockham Hill. To produce ten
copies a year (we have two-monthly editions for July/August and December/January) we need to raise at least
£1000. If each household gave an average of £5 we would just cover costs. Will you give your share? If you
can, please put your donation in the envelope provided and either leave it in the special box at The Royal Oak,
give it to one of the churchwardens, to me (Kev Reynolds) or post it to Tom Brown at Little Grange, Oakdale
Lane, Crockham Hill TN8 6RL. Cheques should be made payable to Holy Trinity Crockham Hill – please print
‘Newsletter A/C’ on the back. Many thanks.                                                         Kev Reynolds

Copy deadline for the July/August double issue of the Newsletter, will be Saturday 16th June. All items for
inclusion by this date, please, to Kev & Min Reynolds at Little Court Cottage, Froghole, Crockham Hill TN8
6TD ( 01732 866457 e-mail: kev.reynolds@virgin.net) or in the box on the shelf at the back of the church.


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