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Newsletter, Issue 35 June 2017

Another busy summer at St. Peter’s, and good to see so many of you! We really do like meeting the Friends, especially if you are new members. Do please introduce yourselves to the committee (we’re usually the ones wearing aprons or up ladders!).

Bell ringing The group who came to ring our three bells on 4th May were very impressed to have an audience of about a dozen people and it was great to hear the bells being rung by experts. They were also able to inspect the bells, and were pleased to report that they are in good order.

Grand sale Thanks to everyone who helped in any way with the Annual Grand Sale. We had a wonderful day, and despite the weather and seemingly fewer than hoped-for visitors, we were delighted to discover that we had raised £828.85p for St. Peter’s. So it was worth all the hard work, and we hope to repeat the event next year.

Evensong service The weather was glorious, and the church actually felt warm! The service was led by the clergy and choir of St. John’s and was attended by around 45 people, who enjoyed taking part in the old prayers and hearing the readings from the King James Bible. The choir were excellent as usual, and we would like to thank them all for the time and effort they put into practising for this one particular occasion.

Special visit We had a special visit from Crispin Truman, OBE who is the Chief Executive Officer of the Churches Conservation Trust, and twenty members of the Church Commissioners team. They were on their way from a meeting at Chichester to another venue in Brighton and were only with us for a short time, but were keen to hear about what we do at St. Peter’s and how we look after the church. It was good to have their appreciation and kind comments.

Preston Village Day and the Midsummer Tea Party Well, it rained again (as it did last year) and spoiled some of the outdoor events but the church became popular because it was dry! In the morning we had a visit (arranged by Sue Shepherd) from the High Sheriff of East Sussex, Maureen Chowen, accompanied by her husband Michael, who watched part of our new video on the history of St. Peter’s. People came in to try chiming the bells or to have a go at brass rubbing, and stayed to watch the juggler and to enjoy tea and cakes.The two guided walks around old Preston village went ahead and escaped the showers. We had about two hundred people in during the day and we all went home exhausted but we made about £250 from the Tea Party for the CCT.

Archaeology Day, Sunday 16th July at 3pm The next event in our summer calendar will be a talk on ‘Roman Villas in Sussex’ by archaeologist David Rudling. This will include information on the excavations of our ‘local’ Roman villa, which was near where the Endeavour Garage used to be (before the flats were built) at the south end of Preston Park. Do come along and hear David.

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