Village News – August 2017

Kingston Notes

Heavens! Ascot and Wimbledon have been and gone and already I’ve noticed the evenings are dark a little earlier than two or three weeks ago. All through the winter I look forward to the spring and summer and then they are here and then they are gone and it’s back to short dim days and iffy weather. I definitely have a thing about sunlight – or maybe daylight and the lack of it – technically called SAD and standing for seasonal affective disorder it certainly makes me feel sad as soon as autumn approaches. To give autumn its due it does have some good points – the colours of the leaves as they change from greens to red and golds and browns, the smell of bonfires and frosty mornings and so on but as its still just about July I’m not going to think about autumn for at least another month or two and concentrate on what’s left of the summer!

When I was little – and that’s quite a long time ago – Encombe Fête was held every other year. I’m not quite sure why – maybe it was an after the war thing. Anyway, all the village got involved and it was quite an event. Daphne Scott opened the house to visitors and encouraged everyone with their stalls etc. by donating to each one and then on the day going round and buying it all back! It was a lovely happy day in idyllic surroundings and the weather co-operated by always being dry and sunny!

A few years ago, George Pitman told me that he had been reading up on Encombe Fête in the 1920s when Eric Scott lived at Encombe and apparently after the fête the lake was lit up and the villagers danced to the village band. It’s all changed rather a lot over the years and the sale of Encombe House meant that the fête has now ended up as Kingston Fête held around the Church – probably not the best place for a fete! Over the years it has got harder and harder to run as people have moved or died or just got older or lost interest.

We were hoping to hold another fête this year but the lack of support generally is making it quite a difficult task! The future of Kingston Church is quite uncertain at the moment but, whatever happens to it, I am pretty sure the building will still need maintaining and repairing and heating and so on and to do that money has to be found each year from various fund raising events! Whether you are a church goer or not it is quite often a useful building with people round about for weddings funerals and christenings!

There have been two weddings this month in the church and also a funeral. George Pitman who lived with his wife Rosemary at the Old Post Office for many years and who was very much involved with the church – and the village generally, died this month. He was a lovely man who for a long time wrote the Kingston Notes for the Dubber and did them much better than anything I could achieve. He always managed to find some personal bits of news about people living in the village and as he had been a headmaster for many years his notes were very well written indeed. He will be very missed not only by his family but by all the people who knew him and loving thoughts go to Rosemary and the family at such a sad time.

On Sunday, the ladies from NADFAS came to the church to talk about the work they had been doing for some years refurbishing the altar frontals and we served teas and Roderick played some music and although all sorts of other things were going on locally quite a nice few people came into the church to have tea and look at the display. Thank you to everyone who helped.

It’s always interesting talking to visitors to the church – one visitor told me that he lived on the Isle of Wight but that his family – the Grant family – were local to the area – in fact one of them had their name on the role of honour in the church. It is so nice that people can trace their families back like this. And finally thank you to Hubert Beavis who phoned to tell me that he can remember picking butterfly orchids for his mother too – rather proves something doesn’t it – that when we were all picking armfuls of the things back they came every year!

And a final finally – this little poem for all the walkers I see walking along the hills not really looking at the amazing views and looking rather grim. It’s called The Rambler and it goes like this:

See the happy walker – he doesn’t give a damn he’s got his compass and his boots, – he’s never in a jam.

See the happy walker – he’s got his haversack it’s filled with useful odds and ends – hanging on his back.

See the happy walker – he’s out in wind and rain he grits his teeth and marches on – he looks like he’s in pain.

See the happy walker – so keen to ramble on he’s forgotten what he’s walking for – Just going, going, gone!

And that’s just what I’m going to do. Happy August

Susan Ireland

Village News – March 2013

Sunday Lunches

Please note that as 10 March is Mothering Sunday, there will be no Church Group Lunch this month. We hope to resume with our ‘Friendship Lunches’ at various Purbeck Eateries, in April.

Margaret & Davril

Kingston News

This month sees the departure of Rosemary and George Pitman– a huge thank you from us all for the many years of faithful support in so many parts of village life. We wish them both every happiness in their new home in Swanage and hope we will still see them from time to time. To mark the occasion, please do join us for a Bring and Share Lunch at the Church 12.15pm on Sunday, 3 March.

Electoral Roll Update

Now, for any residents, here’s another date for Kingston diaries. Our annual meeting (APCM) is on Thursday, 25 April, a few weeks hence. However, this year, we do need all those on the electoral roll to complete an application form beforehand. Greta Hardy is our electoral roll officer, so, even if not a regular at St James’ Church, if you wish to stay on or join the electoral roll, please ensure that you get your form from Greta and return it to her. This is your village church so do please support it.

March Services

On Sunday, 10 March we have our Mothering Sunday Service at 11.30am, and welcome all ages to our Family Service that day – a warm-hearted service with a difference. Our usual Informal Service takes place the following week, at which people are invited to choose their favourite hymns 11.15am on 17 March.

An event not to be missed as we move towards Easter, will be the BENEFICE SERVICE for PALM Sunday, 24  Mearch. We anticipate the outdoor procession with Palm branches waving and a donkey leading up the hill from the Scott Arms Car park (assemble before 10.30am) to St. James’ Church. Please note the earlier time! Easter Sunday Service is at 11.15am.

This will remind us of Jesus as he rode a donkey into Jerusalem – He knew what was ahead of him, nobody else did at that time, but the story unfolded over Holy Week, and continues today. We can revisit various events across our area, to discover why things happened as they did and realise that it was all part of God’s plan for his people.

Did you know that the prophets predicted Jesus’ death on a cross, about 500 years before it all took place? It was no unfortunate accident; Isaiah wrote in Ch 53 ‘’He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows… wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities, upon him was the chastisement which brought us peace… with his stripes we are healed… an offering for sin…. led like a lamb to the slaughter.” Jesus could have chosen not to accept this suffering, but he knew in his heart that this was why he came to earth. God’s son, took the punishment for the sins of humanity in order to bring forgiveness and peace for all who trust in him. During Holy Week, followers remember what Jesus went through, but the bigger picture has to include Jesus overcoming death. Easter celebrates the fact that Jesus rose from the dead, met with friends, even ate with them on the beach, and was seen by over 500 people in the weeks after his crucifixion. That is why there will be Sunrise services (complete with cooked fish !) early Easter Morning, both at St Aldhelm’s Chapel, on Swanage Beach and on the Purbeck Hills.

Jesus’ words to Doubting Thomas, convinced me some years ago as they were read out one Easter Morning… I was like Thomas, couldn’t grasp it, full of doubt, and Jesus gently said ‘STOP DOUBTING and BELIEVE’. If you struggle with the Easter mystery the best few paragraphs of the Bible are found in John Ch 20…. But don’t leave out the last few verses. Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy and Hopeful Easter.

Judy Forgan, PCC Secretary

Village News – January 2013

Firstly, I want to offer a huge thank you to all of those who contributed in any way to the Purbeck Christmas Tree Festival, especially to all those who sponsored and decorated the trees, also to the kind people who gave their time to prepare the Church and serve the refreshments, from right across the Benefice and beyond.

Also we had some beautiful music contributions which added to the special atmosphere ranging from visiting hand bell ringers, as well as various singing groups and soloists. This included the Local Vocals, St George’s School Choir, Roni Merison, Roderick Rayley, Felicity Smith, the May Day Singers, Isle of Purbeck Arts Club Choir and Canzonetta, who gave a lovely festive concert amid the trees, truly a memorable experience.

However, I now want to thank all those who visited and were so generous with their donations; we were thrilled to find that the event, even after expenses, raised nearly £2000 pounds, enabling us to pass on £1000 to Julia’s House and perhaps start to look at replacing some of the ageing chairs in the Church. Martin Edwards, Chief Executive of the local children’s hospice, gave a very moving talk about the difficulties that families face and how the work of Julia’s House supports families and very sick children. So thank you all for your support of this very worthy cause.

Our thanks also go to The Scott Arms for hosting the Christmas Party and also all who helped with the Christingle Service this year.

Now that Christmas is behind us it is time to be looking ahead and mindful of any changes we need to make ourselves, in our own lives. Each new year brings fresh challenges (or should we say opportunities) as things never stay quite the same. One thing that won’t be the same for those in Kingston is the big gap that will be left in the village community when dear George and Rosemary Pitman leave.

They have both been such stalwarts in Kingston and always so available to people. Often, we don’t miss something or someone until they are no longer about. Please don’t let this be the case with George and Rosemary. Let’s really appreciate them now, but at the same time realise that we will be needing willing people to replace their vital role in Kingston.

I don’t live in Kingston, but I know I will miss all the ‘help’ that is given on a regular basis. Please begin to think of how, as an individual, you may be able to help fill this gap. (for example who will do their Dubber deliveries, when they go?)

New year – new beginnings– new desires – new me – (new diet?) How many expectations do we impose on ourselves at this time? Often we try too hard for it to be realistic. So as we move into 2013, perhaps it is a time to reflect on and appreciate all our blessings first and then begin to ‘ treasure up these things and ponder them in our heart’ ( just as Mary did after having baby Jesus).

Having done that, we could then seek God’s will for our lives in 2013…. Just a simple quiet prayer like.. ….Thank you heavenly Father, for all the special things in my life (for example, family, friends, home, ) now Lord, what do you want me to try in 2013? Then don’t be afraid to see what He has in mind. He will see us through, for sure.

Best wishes for a very happy, healthy and satisfying New Year.

Judy Forgan