Palm Sunday 2015

Hosanna

Do join us to celebrate the beginning of the Easter Story, with Palm Sunday at St Peter’s Church, Hever.  Meet at 10.45am for Procession around the churchyard with donkey and palms, followed by a Service in the Church and Sunday Club in the School for the children. Look forward to welcoming you!

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Passover Supper

Do come and join us to celebrate this traditional Passover meal which is to be held this year at Markbeech Village Hall on Wednesday 16th April at 7.30pm. It is a moving Jewish ceremony, steeped in tradition, but in a simple to follow format, so that all may participate.  Places must be booked by contacting Nicola Talbot on 01342 850526, or e-mail  NicolaTalbot@dsl.pipex.com.

Passover Supper

Passover Supper

Do come and join us to celebrate this traditional Passover meal which is to be held this year at Markbeech Village Hall on Wednesday 16th April at 7.30pm. It is a moving Jewish ceremony, steeped in tradition, but in a simple to follow form, so that all may participate.  Places must be booked by contacting Nicola Talbot on 01342 850526, or e-mail  NicolaTalbot@dsl.pipex.com.

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Rector’s Letter for February 2014

‘Love is in the air!’

It seems that we all have been given so many chocolates and gifts over Christmas (And, thank you all for my cards, chocolates, gifts and wine!) but chocolates, flowers and gifts will again be exchanged between loved ones this month; all in the name of Saint Valentine.

And, who is this Saint and where does this tradition come from?

Saint Valentine is shrouded in mystery and legend and February the 14th became the commemoration of his death and burial which was in AD 207.

 One such legend was that Valentine allowed soldiers to be married which was forbidden and he was put to death by Emperor Claudius II. There was another saying Valentine was killed for assisting Christians escaping harsh Roman Prison’s and yet another Valentine whilst imprisoned sent the first Valentine greeting to a jailor’s daughter he had fallen in love with; ‘From your first Valentine.’

Others claim the tradition comes from a Pagan Celebration; ‘Lupercalia’ a ‘fertility festival’ dedicated to Faunus the Roman god of agriculture where people gathered at a sacred cave on February 15th , where the founders of Rome; Romulus and Remus were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf. They used to skin a goat, soak it in blood and then they slapped the women and the crops with it and it was said to bring about fertility. Men and women drew names from a jar to make couples.

In the 5th Century,  Pope Gelasius declared it un-Christian and Saint Valentine’s day it became. It was not until the Middle Ages that love became associated with this day once more and February was always seen as the mating season of the birds which added to this idea. The first recorded association of Valentine with Romance is Parlement of Foules (1382) by Chaucer;

‘For this was on seynt Volantyns day

Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.’

(For this was on Saint Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate)

And, once again you are such a romantic community this year, we have so many Weddings and Blessings of Relationships and Renewal of Wedding Vows in our Churches and at the Castle.

Happy Valentines!

Music Recital

A Recital by Anglea Purll, Christopher Lockyer and Tristan Meares, including works by J S Bach, Haydn, Faure and Doppler and pieces for two flutes and piano, piccolo and piano and for flute and organ.

Venue:  St Luke’s Church, Chiddingstone Causeway,

Date:  Saturday 19th October at 8pm.

Tickets £10 including a glass of wine, available from the Causeway Stores, or 01892 870194 or

causewayhall@gmail.com

Music Recital – Saturday 19th October 2013

A Recital

 

 

A Recital by Anglea Purll, Christopher Lockyer and Tristan Meares, including works by J S Bach, Haydn, Faure and Doppler and pieces for two flutes and piano, piccolo and piano and for flute and organ.

Venue:  St Luke’s Church, Chiddingstone Causeway,

Date:  Saturday 19th October at 8pm.

Tickets £10 including a glass of wine, available from the Causeway Stores, or 01892 870194 or

causewayhall@gmail.com